Breaking: The Deputy and the Vice President of current FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich are running against him in the upcoming FIDE Elections that will take place during the Chess Olympiad 2022. The French Grandmaster and current FIDE Deputy President Bachar Kouatly is running for FIDE President, with current FIDE Vice Ian Wilkinson as his candidate for Deputy.
This makes the FIDE presidential elections a four horse race between Arkady Dvorkovich, Inal Sheripov, Andrii Baryshpolets, and Bachar Kouatly. FIDE Electoral Commission confirms four valid Presidential ticket candidacies.
Stay tuned for all the details on Chessdom.com about Bachar Kouatly candidacy and the FIDE presidential race.
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Chess career of Bachar Kouatly
He played three times for Lebanon in the World Junior Chess Championship (1975–1977), and represented Lebanon at the Chess Olympiad at La Valletta 1980. He won a zonal tournament at Qatar in 1981 and finished 14th at the 1982 Interzonal tournament in Toluca. Kouatly won the French Chess Championship in 1979. He played for France in five Chess Olympiads (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, and 1992). He was awarded the titles of International Master in 1975 and Grandmaster in 1989.
On December 10, 2016 he was elected President of the French Chess Federation. In 2018, he was elected the deputy president of the International Chess Federation.
Interview with Bachar Koulaty from March 2022 – “It is aways important to promote chess”
The latest public appearance of Bachar Kouatly
Bachar Kouatly was leading a silent campaign. The latest public appearance he made was in Casablanca, where he was joined by, among others, FIDE Managing Director and ECU Vice President Dana Reizniece-Ozola. FIDE reported on the news, “This Monday in Casablanca, FIDE Deputy President Bachar Kouatly and FIDE Managing Director Dana Reizniece-Ozola took part in the opening of the inaugural Casablanca Chess Week.The kick-off was announced by the ring of the bell in hands of Said Ahmidouch, Governor of the Casablanca region, and our very own Dana Reizniece-Ozola.”