Kasparov, Kramnik, Karpov Open Letter to the Global Chess Community -- April 20, 2001
As the 12th, 13th, and 14th World Chess Champions, we are writing jointly to voice our disagreement with recent statements and unilateral decisions made by FIDE, the international chess federation. In particular, we are very concerned about FIDE's policy changes regarding the official time controls, their treatment of the history of the World Championship, and their open hostility toward the organizers of traditional events.
The world's chessplayers have been denied a voice in these matters, and we who represent these conventions at the highest level see the need to set aside our differences and speak out publicly in defense of the game that has brought us so much joy. Many players and European chess federations are critical of FIDE's recent actions and we hope to lend a powerful and unequivocal voice to this protest.
The time honored traditions and rules of classical chess are not to be toyed with and any changes should be made only after such plans are studied and debated in an open forum. Drastically shortening the amount of time available during a game is an attack on both the players and on the artistic and scientific elements of the game of chess itself. To implement these rules without an adequate period for reflection, discussion, and review is foolhardy and cavalier.
Of greater concern is the behavior of FIDE in regard to the prestige and tradition of the World Chess Championship. FIDE's declaration in Tehran laid claim to a title that existed long before FIDE was created and, we might say, will exist long after it is gone. A century of tradition cannot be wiped away simply by saying that it is so. The true tradition lives on in us and in the minds and memories of millions of chess enthusiasts around the globe. It is unacceptable for FIDE to claim rights to the World Chess Championship while at the same time working to destroy the structures upon which the tradition was built.
Nor are the traditional tournaments that have given so much to chess safe from FIDE. Their threat to schedule FIDE events in competition with traditional ones is nothing less than a direct attack on the organizers, players, and fans of events such as Linares, Dortmund, and Wijk aan Zee.
Chess is not FIDE's property to toss around like a bauble. The game belongs to the global chess community.
Based on FIDE's accompanying statements, these ill-advised measures have been taken in an attempt to popularize the sport of chess. This is an admirable goal, but it is impossible to achieve it by assaulting the very things that elevate the game most of all: beautiful games of chess, traditional top tournaments, and the quest for the World Championship.
The chess world is depending on its leaders to provide a suitable and democratic solution to this unsatisfactory state of affairs. We propose an open dialogue on these matters between FIDE, the national federations of which it is composed, and the players - professional and amateur alike - it was created to represent. In this dialogue we will depend on the participation of the fans, organizers, and sponsors to whom chess owes a great deal. We, who have both given to and received so much from chess, look forward to being on the front lines in this battle to protect the status and legacy of the game we love.
- Petition to Recall USCF Executive Board
- Ethics Complaint by Tim Redman against Sam Sloan
- Response by Sam Sloan to Ethics Complaint by Tim Redman
- Thumbnail Sketches of Candidates for USCF Executive Board
- Signers of Sam Sloan's petition to run for USCF Executive Board
- Jerome Bibuld, chess photographer
- Victor Korchnoi and his wife
- Battsetseg Tsagaan, Woman's Chess Champion of Mongolia with Kayo Kimura
- Helen Warren speaks softly but carries a big stick
- Tom Dorsch and Don Schultz secretly scheme and plot together
- Morten Sand, Delegate from Norway to FIDE, the World Chess Federation
- Jennifer Shahade receiving her trophy at US Amateur Team Championship, East
- Stewart Reuben, International Arbiter of FIDE, the World Chess Federation
- Sopo Tkeshelashvili, the world's most beautiful chess grandmaster (in my opinion).
- Are these Floozies at the Bar or Chess Grandmasters?
- The Most Beautiful Girl I ever played a Chess game against
- Why does Sam like the Republic of Georgia so much?
- My Krush is better than Your Krush
- USCF Balance Sheet for Fiscal 1999
- USCF Executive Board Cancels the BINFO System
- German Chess Federation enters protest against new time control
- Tributes to Alan Benjamin
- CPA Questions the Claim that USCF lost a lot of money under Schultz
- Zonal tournaments abolished in World Chess Championship cycle
- Jason Rebello cover story in Chess Life
- Should new Scholastic Players get chess ratings?
- Redman fails to address any of the charges made in the recall petition
- Omuku Clarifies new FIDE Time Control Regulations
- What is Libel per se?
- Letters to the Editor in March Chess Life
- Letter from Mikko Markkula, Chairman FIDE Qualifications Commission
- Day one: World Chess Olympiad gets off to its Usual Slow Start
- Day two: Georgian Women's Team upset by India
- Day three: Hungary defeats Russia to retain lead
- Day four: Germany beats Hungary, India smashes America
- Day five: Indian upset draw with Hungary
- Day six: All top matches drawn
- Day seven: FIDE Committee meets on drug testing
- Day eight: Ivanchuk beats Leko
- Day nine: Judit Polgar sensational win against Smirin
- Day ten: All Top Teams Lose
- Day eleven: Russia wipes out Romania to take lead
- Day twelve: Chinese Women Take Commanding Lead
- Day thirteen: Philippines Chess Federation: Vicious Floor Fight in FIDE General Assembly
- Day 14: FIDE Commerce Deal Passes
- Day 15: FIDE Sexist Pigs try to Force Women out of "Men's" World Chess Championship
- Day 16: Russia and China win World Chess Olympiad
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