Grandmaster and five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand has been elected as the deputy president of FIDE, the international chess body.
Russian and incumbent president Arkady Dvorkovich was successfully re-elected as FIDE President.
Dvorkovic received 167 votes in his favour while opponent Andrii Baryshpolets got 16.
Anand was nominated by the incumbent president as part of his team to contest the elections.
“I am really proud to have Anand running for deputy president. He is a great person and a great personality. He has been a long-time friend. Already, he is extremely popular all around the world. Not just in this state, wherever I go, his personality and contribution are acknowledged and recognised as a big part of FIDE history and FIDE future. We have a really good team.”
— ARKADY DVORKOVIC
on Viswanathan Anand
The elections took place during the FIDE General Assembly in Chennai, held alongside the Chess Olympiad, one of FIDE’s flagship events. This year, despite the notable absences of Russia and Belarus (banned), and China (citing logistic difficulties derived from the pandemic), the Olympiad reached record participation, with 186 nations represented in the open competition, plus 160 more in the Women’s Olympiad.
Dvorkovich was first elected as FIDE President in October 2018, succeeding Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. He has continued to enjoy support from the chess community despite being questioned by some due to his nationality and to the fact that in the past he held important positions in the Russian government.
Dvorkovich’s second term will also be the last, as one of the first tasks that he undertook shortly after being elected in 2018 was to renew the FIDE Charter, introducing term limits, along with other democratic reforms. Among them, the “FIDE Presidential Board” was replaced by the “FIDE Council”, effectively limiting the President’s powers.