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CROSSVILLE, TN-- The USCF Executive Board unanimously voted that the USCF will support GM Anatoly Karpov in the upcoming FIDE election for President, to be held in October 2010. A full statement from the Board is expected shortly.
Of course Karpov is technically the only official candidate right now. The political chess world is awaiting with great anticipation the decision, or non-decision, of the Russian Federation on whom to nominate, Karpov or Ilyumzhinov. (Karpov has already been nominated by the French and Swiss federations, but the Russian decision is still big.) I don't have any doubt that Ilyumzhinov will find a way to get onto the ballot even if the Russian Fed jilts him for the 12th world champion, but they may not move on that till the end of the month, if then.
Meanwhile, Karpov seems to be touching some very impressive bases and I'm glad he's not just planning to coast on good looks and his name alone. Not that he necessarily needs or wants the endorsement of someone with a blog called "The Daily Dirt," mind you. But I think we'd do well to go for just about anyone with a pulse and no personal stories of alien abduction at this point. Oh, and a commitment to cleaning house, professionalizing the sport, bringing chess back to the world stage, and actually listening to the federations and players. That too. But mostly the "no aliens" thing. Seriously, this should be Karpov's campaign logo.