Few know this but I am working on a book with Eugene Torre and at one of our sessions he was kind enough to invite me to be his second at "World Legends", obviously the highlight of the sixth edition of the International Chess Festival "Vila de Platja D' Aro".
Just imagine to be part of an event where my chess hero, the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, the legendary Yugoslav Lujbomir Ljubojevic, and current World Senior Champion Anatoly Vaisser, will all be in battle with our own Asian great!
In Catalonia, Spain... Barcelona, and with my good friend, David Llada, the very best chess photographer in the world, and most importantly, a known gourmet, also in attendance all way from beautiful San Sebastian at the opposite end of the country.
First up was incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on 26 April: "Nomination for the Presidential ticket (the candidate’s electoral team whose members are nominees for FIDE presidential council) must be made within three months before the opening of the General Assembly. However, I decided to do it today," Ilyumzhinov said."
Then today, on 4 June, his Deputy (Acting) President Georgios Makropoulos said: “I am delighted to tell you today that I have assembled an experienced and talented team with representation from each continental federation. The team has expertise in FIDE affairs, sports administration, chess sponsorship, tournament organisation/ promotion, business and finance and also experience in the political arena.