Was unsure whether this belonged in the R&P area, but I figured it was somewhat safe.
I didn’t know anything about Mr Ilyumzhinov before a newsletter from chess.com came to me this morning, with an announcement that he won the presidency for FIDE. I had only a vague idea what FIDE was, so clicked the article and was suddenly rather interested after reading a fascinating article about what really happens in the world of chess - So far far from any idea I had of it. I was sure it was run by kind grandfatherly men who borrowed the gym halls of schools to hold their elections. Well, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is also president of the russian republic Kalmykia, and says he has spent 80 million dollars on the strengthening of Chess worldwide.
He is also a man who wrote books like “Without me the people are incomplete” and “It only takes two weeks to have a man killed”, believes Aliens gave chess to Earth, and that the same aliens will destroy humanity if too few people play it.
Anyways, I found a few interesting articles about him and was just wondering, if I’m the only one who is very surprised about how much politics there are in something like chess as well?
How the hell can you lose a chess team? I know Burundi is a horrible country, so perhaps they are seeking refuge with relatives somewhere in Europe, but surely in Norway of all places they could seek asylum if they wanted to emigrate?