31 January 2014
To: All National Chess Federations, Chess Media
Dear chess friends,
During the last days there has been an orchestrated attack to the FIDE President and FIDE officials concerning the FIDE/AGON contract. Although the truth is very well known among the chess family, it is only after the recent contract between Garry Kasparov and Ignatius Leong, involving the purchase of promised votes from national chess federations, that this issue has surfaced again through certain Kasparov-friendly websites and twitter accounts.
The most recent example is Peter Doggers, a writer for websites chess.com and chessvibes.com, who continues to present an initial memorandum proposed by Andrew Paulson as a “contract” between FIDE and AGON. Although it has been explained to Mr Doggers that this is not a contract but only one of many proposals submitted by Andrew Paulson during negotiations, Mr Doggers still published an article here (http://www.chess.com/news/deal-between-paulson–ilymzhinov-revealed-in-yet-another-leaked-document-6252), twisting the real facts and not publishing the whole reply of Mr Makropoulos but only some parts of it, as obviously Mr Doggers tries to hide the reality from his readers.
For the sake of correct journalist principles, and because this concerns important FIDE business, FIDE publishes here the full reply of Deputy President Mr Makropoulos from which anyone can understand why Mr Doggers, clearly on a mission, refrained from publishing the whole of it. We expect from Mr Doggers to correct his moral mistake, avoid further censorship on statements made by FIDE officials and inform his readers with the full reply of Mr Makropoulos.
Download below the whole reply of Mr Makropoulos to Mr Doggers:
Susan Polgar: As I have done in the past 9 years since this site was created, I do not take sides, and I will publish information sent to me by all parties. I want to be fair to everyone. It is up to you to decide these matters.