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Ex-world chess champion Kasparov fails in bid for top FIDE post
Ex-world chess champion Kasparov fails in bid for top FIDE post

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov failed Monday to unseat an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin as head of the World Chess Federation. The 110-61 defeat of Kasparov, now a human rights activist and opposition leader living in exile, was seen as a test of Putin's influence over the federation, known by its French acronym, FIDE. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a supporter of the Kremlin leader who has been FIDE president for 19 years, has drawn criticism from many in the chess world over his 1997 claim to have been abducted by aliens and taken on a visit to another planet. Kasparov accused Ilyumzhinov, a wealthy businessman and former leader of Russia's Kalmykia autonomous...

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