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(UPDATED) Nigel Short announces his resignation as FIDE Vice-President with immediate effect

Nigel Short has announced his resignation as FIDE Vice-President with immediate effect. Since since October 2018, Nigel Short was serving as Vice-president of FIDE in the Arkadij Dvorkovich administration.

The announcement of Nigel Short comes at a strange moment, as he is currently playing the FIDE World Senior Team Chess Championships Acqui Terme (read more)

Update: the resignation of Nigel Short comes after a decision by the FIDE Ethics Commission

Developing story, stay tuned for details

FIDE President on Nigel Short

I learned with deep regret about Mr Short’s decision to resign from the position of Vice President today. I would like to note that all these years, Nigel has worked tirelessly to promote chess on all continents. Thanks to his efforts, the FIDE family has been expanded by several new federations.

Often the fruits of his dedicated work were to be appreciated only years later. As an example – thanks to his efforts, the long-standing conflict in the Pakistani Chess Federation began to be resolved, ending with legitimate elections in June 2022.

I am sincerely glad that in 2018 Nigel agreed to accept my nomination as the Vice President of FIDE. Several more candidates from his 2018 ticket currently work in the FIDE Council and make a significant contribution to our common duties.

I would like to highlight Nigel’s organizational and leadership abilities, as well as to reinstate that his intentions have always been consistent with the mission of FIDE.

Nigel’s decision is open and sincere, perhaps even a little emotional and related to the decision of EDC, but I believe that Nigel will continue his mission and agree with my proposal to find the right format for our joint work for the benefit of chess.

Arkady DvorkovichFIDE President

Reactions to the resignation of Nigel Short

Jacob Aagard, “The right choice given the circumstances for sure.”

Peter Heine Nielsen: “Nigel was the only one voting against that FIDE used the term “geopolitical situation” Respect for that! Opposing the leadership however does come at a price.”

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