A letter continues


Published: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 9:52 p.m.
Today's column presents the second part of the open letter written by Garry Kasparov, the world's top-rated chess player:
"Perhaps the last straw was watching the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee currently under way in the Netherlands. I was forced to give up my invitation to play in this event when FIDE insisted that the match would take place in Dubai on conflicting dates.
"It breaks my heart to watch such a great event from the sidelines.
"In September 2004, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov publicly announced that he had the funds for my match with Rustam Kasimdzhanov to take place in Dubai in January 2005. It turned out that this was completely untrue.
"I was concerned enough about the lack of tangible progress in organizing the match to write an open letter to the FIDE Congress in October 2004.
"The FIDE Presidential Board refused to read or circulate this letter at the Congress, apparently believing that no news was good news."

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