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Is Putin a king maker for the World Chess Federation? : Greek candidate vying for leadership of game's governing body claims opponent has Russian President in his corner

Sep 22, 2018 - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

The genteel and cerebral game of chess is being rocked by a battle for control of the World Chess Federation that's become rougher than a wrestling cage match and features allegations of vote buying by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The organization, known by its French acronym FIDE, is hardly a household name but it's one of the largest sports bodies in the world with 188 member federations. It's been under a cloud in recent years because of the erratic leadership of Russian businessma...