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    Exclamation Need Support for our cause to save the confused Chess World!

    Greetings. My name is Daniel Austin and I am here as an emissary of http://www.chesscorner.com/, an acclaimed chess website founded by a London Primary School teacher. Recently, in itís forum, I announced that I was trying to enlist support for a campaign to sort out the imperfections that have arisen in the world of chess politics over the last few years. Some enlisted their support almost immediately, but not as many as truly expected. We felt the need to extend the knowledge of our cause to this forum.
    Our aims are quite simple: to establish a group that can and will fight for change within the world of chess. This is a something we are well aware people believe in. However, there is a big difference between believing in something and actually helping out. This has been our experience at Chess Corner, with only 5 people lending their support out of about 500 people who have seen the thread, including myself and the person who started this whole thing. Thus we have started to spread our wings and contact other organisations and forums relating to chess to see what emerges. I believe that here at www.chesskit.com is the perfect place to look for help for such a cause.
    Techniques we use could include but would by no means be limited to e-mailing and petitioning individuals, groups and/or organisations, e-mailing important individuals, setting up stands at tournaments, etc. I am very open to suggestions.
    If anyone has any comments they would like to make, suggestions as to how we could/should move forward, criticisms of what we are doing, or best of all, your support for our cause, then please contact me. There are 3 ways of doing this: here, on this thread; Private Message; and e-mail, at danielaus@msn.com if you want to contact me directly, or addyboy@chessfan.net if you wish to contact Adam Lewis, our Editor and strong supporter. I will reply to all correspondence as soon as I possibly can, generally within a week. I would ask that those sending me e-mails include the word ďChessĒ in the subject so I know it isnít Spam.
    This campaign is for anyone who is willing to help. It may be enough to contact people/groups who may be interested in helping us out, it may be something more. Any help, no matter what the form, is beneficial to us. I am a 16-year-old student and yet am doing all that I can. Adam is also a student, which limits our funds and effectively restricts us to online activities for the moment. This is why we need your support. This cause means a lot to a lot of people, but without your support we will accomplish nothing. So please, contact me as soon as possible. We are not looking for donations at present but we are looking to create a website for our group and domain names cost cash we donít have. But thatís looking ahead. Right now we need numbers, so anyone who can help, please do help. Like I said earlier, it can be anyone. As a side note, if anyone knows someone who might be interested in something like this and would be kind enough to give me contact details I would be eternally grateful.
    By the way, if anyone is interested in reading the thread form which this campaign originated, the link is http://www.chesscorner.com/phpBB/index/ From there go to the "Chess Chat" forum and from there to the "Chess World In Shambles" thread. It is one page one of Chess Chat, usually somewhere near the top. This is not necessary, but it would be wise due to the fact that most of the discussions take place at chesscorner.com.
    -Daniel Austin

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    Greetings to you too! I had a bit of a poke around your forum mate and that thread in particular and, My God, you people write a lot!!

    Now, I got a problem with attention - I got a really short attention span. I'm more attentive to bullet points like in powerpoint and that. See, I'm having a bit of problem exactly what your beef is. I can see you say, 'imperfections' in chess politics. But can you tell me what these imperfections are?

    AR

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    Quote Originally Posted by arosar
    Now, I got a problem with attention - I got a really short attention span.
    You also have a problem following fairly straightforward instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Gletsos
    You also have a problem following fairly straightforward instructions.
    Not to mention keeping posts on topic.
    So einfach wie mŲglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    I want to first apologize for my inactivity. My computer has been suffering major problems and I cannot seem to fix it. I am at a different computer now, so I am able to type this message. There are many imperfections in the FIDE organization, and in the chess world today. Kasparov has been world champion far longer than he should, not because he isn't a fantastic player, but because no one will play him! The only oponents that wont run away from a high rated player is a computer. Any other games the players are playing for money, and the sponsership for chess games is terrible. Kramnik and Leko were supposed to play, but the money fell through and Kramnik bailed. Kasparov and Ponomariov wont be playing their match anytime soon due to this faulty organization. Beyond the money, there is nothing being done in to unify the chess world. There are hundreds of random tournaments and hundreds more being champions of this or that country, or claiming to be champions of this or that country. Beyond the professional level, this seeps down to the grassroot hobby chess players or chess enthusiests. Chess in school is a rather large issue. It is proven that chess helps children with logic, memorization, thinking through things, and even greatly decreases the chances of Alzheimer disease. Not to mention that chess clubs should be implemented more into schools so that those who do want to play chess have place to go and meet others.
    So here is what we believe is wrong with the chess world today

    *Faulty Orginaztion - President of FIDE is running his organization into the ground for financial reasons. The status of FIDE is based on how good the President's company in Moscow is doing. If he has a bad month, so does FIDE. If he has a good month, FIDE rejoices. This is no way to run an organization.

    *Financial problems - no sponsers will give money for prizes in chess matches. Due to this, many plays will not play.

    *No unified championship - There is at least one or two championships for most individual countries in the world. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there is no unified world champion (under one unfied federation)

    *Too many federations - There are way too many federations. There is of course FIDE, the USCF, the PCA, ACP, CAP,APC (no Im not making these up), and so many more that I cant even count. While im not saying strip all these federations away, I believe that there should be a Chess Union -- one unified chess federation that watches all of the others, lists the datas, sets up matches, and can have one unified championship underneath it.

    These problems are very large, and need to be fixed. Our campaign, CRIC (Campaign for the Reunification of Internation Chess) feels that with enough support, eventually backing strength and money, we can at least start something going that will bring about change. How do you go about this, and if we succeed, what will it accomplish? I will again list in a bullet manner

    "PLAN"

    *We first plan to post the uniform post that first posted at any and every chess forum we can find to try and gather support.

    *At the same time that we are doing this, a website is being made. This website will be the HUD of CRIC. Discussions, memberlist, newsletters, news, and eventually donations will be carried on this website, including all information about our campaign and what we hope to accomplish

    *After this is accomplished, and we begin to get support from chess players, we plan to try and get support from professional chess players, and try to push our ideas through different websites (ie, chess.fm).

    *Once enough support (and money perhaps) is gathered, we will to seriously send our petitions and emails to FIDE and other organizations that include our ideas and our problems with theirs. Comprimises should be possible.

    *Build from there. If all works perfectly, we can help create a new chess organization. One single organization to watch over the rest.

    *We do not plan to be the organization. Only a guide for how that organization is to be built.

    *After it is in working order, we plan to become, form, or again help guide a Chess Union. The Union will watch over the new international organization and keep it in check. The union will speak for all chess players, grassroot and professional. It will work towards making chess classes available or required in schools, more chess clubs in schools, or just simply state/city chess clubs. Chess games on television, chess endorsements, and the well being of the chess players

    This is our current plan. The results?

    "The Results"

    *Televised chess. On its own station or on ESPN

    *More games - with more endorsments and money, more will play

    *One unfied champion - while titles such as Russian champion, American champion, and Australian champions may still exist, there will be one unfied champion in which to decide the world champion. It would be more organized than just picking the top ranked. Systems would be developed to select the champions of each country, and them against eachother

    *More chess clubs in every country

    *Chess in school

    *More respect for chess

    These are problems that need to be solved, and results that I think we all want. Im not asking any of you to donate money, to work at all, I just want your support. you support is the lifeflow for this whole campaign. So please, show your love for the world of chess and send me an email at danielaus@msn.com, or post it here, saying that you lend your support. (if you do lend your support, please supply your email address, and name.)
    Thank you
    -Daniel Austin

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    I'm not sure what's more "confused", the Chess World or this post.

    Quote Originally Posted by mythoskaos
    Kasparov has been world champion far longer than he should, not because he isn't a fantastic player, but because no one will play him!
    Kasparov is not world champion by any formalised reckoning and there are no shortage of people who would be glad to have a shot at him for the right money.

    Kramnik and Leko were supposed to play, but the money fell through and Kramnik bailed.
    They're playing this September-October, aren't they?

    Kasparov and Ponomariov wont be playing their match anytime soon due to this faulty organization.
    Who cares? Pono is fairly irrelevant. There is another FIDE Fake World Championship knockout coming up, which Pono isn't even going to play in apparently and then his status will be nil.

    Beyond the money, there is nothing being done in to unify the chess world. There are hundreds of random tournaments and hundreds more being champions of this or that country, or claiming to be champions of this or that country.
    There have always been national championships. Can you name countries where multiple players are claiming to be national champions at present - can't think of too many offhand.

    *One unfied champion - while titles such as Russian champion, American champion, and Australian champions may still exist, there will be one unfied champion in which to decide the world champion. It would be more organized than just picking the top ranked. Systems would be developed to select the champions of each country, and them against eachother
    But why? Say a country has the first two players in the world, why shouldn't those two players be in the final stage of the world title?

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