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ment between Kasparov and Leong

was leaked, revealing some question-


able and potentially unsavory details
of their arrangement, and causing an
outcry in the world of chess.
The agreement dated Septem-
ber 5, 2013 stipulated, among other
things, that Leong would secure 10+1
chess federations votes for Kasparov
in his region (East Asia). In return, he
was to be named Secretary General on
Kasparovs FIDE ticket and to become
head of a new FIDE regional offce in
Singapore, a compensated position.
In addition, the agreement provid-
ed for payment of US$ 1,000,000, in
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THE DARK CAMPAIGN OF
GARRY KASPAROV(PART II)
KASPAROV-LEONG QUESTION-
ABLE CONTRACT SAGA TO SEE A
DENOUEMENT TODAY
This Friday, August 8, the FIDE Eth-
ics Commission will hear the case of
alleged corruption of Ignatius Leong,
FIDE Secretary General and part of
Garry Kasparovs presidential ticket in
Tromso, and Garry Kasparov himself.
The story began last October, when
Garry Kasparov announced his inten-
tion to run for the FIDE Presidency,
and that Ignatius Leong, FIDE Secre-
tary General since 2002, President of
the Singapore Chess Federation and
its FIDE Delegate, was now part of his
ticket. Soon after this, a draft agree-
several installments by Kasparov
Chess Foundation Asia Pacifc
(a proposed Singaporean joint
venture between Kasparovs
non-proft Kasparov Chess
Foundation (KCF) and
Leongs for-proft Asean
Chess Academy (ACA))
to the ACA. Besides,
under a separate grant
agreement between
KCF and KCF Asia,
KCF committed
to transfer US$
500,000 to KCF
Asia in several in-
stallments over a
two year period
(2013-2014).
An early draft
of the Kaspar-
ov-Leong
agreement
also provided
for a direct
payment of
US$ 500,000
personally
to Ignati-
us Leong in
exchange for
his helpful
services.
The agreement,
put together by
Morten Sand,
a Norwegian
attorney retained
by Kasparov, was
frst reported
by the New York
Times. The agree-
ment is in violation
of several clauses of
the FIDE regulations
regarding conficts
of interest and the FIDE Code of Ethics,
which forbids any exchange of con-
sideration for infuencing outcomes
of chess games and elections and on
any actions putting FIDE, its offcials,
sponsors, organizers or national chess
federations in a bad light. Kirsan
Ilyumzhinov submitted a complaint to
the FIDE Ethics Commission on May 5,
with a hearing scheduled for August 8.
Legal experts also believe the
agreement may constitute a violation
of the Singapore Prevention of Corrup-
tion Act, which applies to Singapore
nationals worldwide and covers an
agents actions detrimental to a princi-
pal, for which the agent or a third party
receives (or is promised) compensation
or other benefts. Moreover, the agree-
ment may also break the US Mail and
Wire Fraud Statutes and the US Travel
act, which prohibits interstate commu-
nications or travel for the purposes of
denying someone ones honest ser-
vices for a compensation, or inciting
someone to deny such honest services.
Breach of fduciary duty committed by
Leong is also covered by the criminal
laws of New York State (where Kaspar-
ov has his main residence) and New
Jersey (where the Kasparov Foundation
is incorporated). On top of it all, do-
nations from non-profts to for-profts
(which is what Asean Chess Academy
is) also constitute a potential breach of
the US Tax Code. All of this may mean
that Ignatius Leong would be banned
from holding a FIDE offce for up to
three years, and could even face fnes
and imprisonment if criminal charges
are pressed against him and he is con-
victed.
In a further twist to this poten-
tially criminal saga, it appears that Mr.
Leong has failed to deliver under this
agreement, after Laos and Indonesia
declared their support for Ilyumzhinov
as FIDE Presidential candidate. This
essentially ensures that the number
of delegates votes for Kasparov in
Leongs region would fall short of the
10 + 1 threshold, and Leong, in addi-
tion to jeopardizing his right to hold
a FIDE offce, may have to return the
frst installments of donations to his
Asean Chess Academy, which was to
be made in 2013. In just a little more
than 24 hours, a FIDE Ethics Commis-
sion hearing could be bringing more
clarity to the rather unsavory case of
Leong-Kasparov.
BREAKING POINT IN AFGHANISTAN
Yet another desperate and illegal
attempt by Garry Kasparov to get a
national federations vote and yet
another failure. This time around,
the FIDE presidential candidate
attempted to blow up a scandal
around the dismissal of the for-
mer President of the Afghanistan
Chess Federation Mr. Mahmoud
Hanif, who happens to be an avid
supporter of Kaparov, from this
post of honor. The reason for his
removal from offce is well known:
Mr. Hanif is facing criminal
charges in his native Afghanistan
over embezzlement and illegal use
of funds that were not his. TOLO
News, an Afghanistani newswire,
reports some details of his mis-
deeds: in 2008, Hanif, then President
of the national chess federation, was
organizing a trip to the World Chess
Olympiad for the nations womens
team. However, some of Hanifs fam-
ily members ended up going to the
Olympiad instead of the chess players.
Hanif is also facing accusations of
misuse of money that were to be spent
on organizing domestic chess tourna-
ments in Afghanistan. Among other
things, out of AFN 2 million budget-
ed for competitive chess events, the
former President of the Afghanistan
Chess Federation spent only AFN
25,000 for the intended purpose.
It would seem that this is clearly an
open-and-shut case. What we have
here is a corrupt offcial removed
from his offce for embezzlement
and misuse of funds. We have a new,
legally elected
Federation
Presi-
dent,
Mr.
Haji Mo-
hammad
Almas
Zahid.
However,
this did
not stop
Kasparov
from mak-
ing every
effort to
try and change the
situation to beneft
himself. He
even suc-
ceeded
in
organizing a letter of support for
Hanif from the Afghanistan National
Olympic Committee. However, this
did not help. The Main Directorate
of Physical Education and Sports
of Afghanistan (the supreme sports
management body in the country), has
issued a formal statement explaining
the reasons for removal of Mahmoud
Hanif as President of the national
chess federation and confrmed the
legality of Mr. Haji Mohammad
Almas Zahids appointment.
The top sports authority also
explained that the National
Olympic Committee of
Afghanistan had nothing
to do with the Afghan-
istan Chess Federation,
an independent non-proft
organization registered with
the Afghanistan Ministry of
Justice.
So, yet another attempt by
Kasparov to infuence the vot-
ing outcome and send his man
to the FIDE General Assembly
has ended in a crushing defeat.
However, questions remain
for the 13th World Champion.
How important to him is the
support of a man whose actions
are investigated by the Prosecu-
tors Offce of his own country.
Does the candidate endorse and
encourage the examples of Mr.
Hanifs actions? Is it really an ac-
cident that the 13th World Cham-
pions most active supporters are
invariably implicated in corruption
scandals?
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AFGHAN FIASCO OF
THE CHALLENGER
Illustrations: Left: Letter from the Afgan Gener-
al Directorate for Physical Education and Sport
informing that the previous president of the chess
federation is under investigation for fraud. The
disgraced offcial worked with Garry Kasparov.
Right: New president of the federation has to look
into the corruption situation created by Kasparovs
ally.