FIDE sues chess ex-champion Anatoli Karpov for libel

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President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sued former world chess champion Anatoli Karpov for libel, Moscow's Gazeta daily reported on Thursday.

"This is the first time during my 20-year career when I reported to a court. Now I applied to FIDE ethical commission in Italy and filed a claim to a (Moscow's district) court," Ilyumzhinov, who is also president of Kalmykia republic in southern Russia, said.

Anatoli Karpov earlier accused FIDE of corruption.

Karpov, the twelfth world champion, was nominated for the post of FIDE president to be elected this fall. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was another nominee for the chair.

Ilyumzhinov stressed that he fell no personal offence for Karpov.

Current election campaign in FIDE has been marred by the scandals from the start. In May, a group of supporters of Anatoli Karpov and another ex-champion Garry Kasparov broke into the Chess House in downtown Moscow and seized the property.

"Karpov and Kasparov exhausted themselves as the chess players, that is why they try to draw public attention with the inadequate behavior," Ilyumzhinov said.

If re-elected, FIDE head, whose hobbies include, besides chess, boxing, promised to lobby the chess to become a mandatory subject in the schools in Russia and other countries.

FIDE comprises of over 170 national chess federations.

Source: Xinhua

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