The President of the Liberia Chess Federation William Thompson became the happiest man at the just ended 89th World Chess Congress in Batumi Georgia.
Besides overseeing his country greatly improved rating, William Thompson was elected as one of the Executives of World Chess.
Thompson defeated a couple of other challenges to win a seat on the FIDE Executive Board, becoming the first Liberian to achieve such feat.
Reacting to his election on social media, the Liberian Chess Federation President thanked Africa for confiding him.
He said, “I am aware that my election today on the Executive Board of FIDE (the World governing body of Chess) is a big challenge. And I can live up to it. It is indeed an opportunity for the development of chess in Liberia and we can use it as a developmental tool to sharpen the minds of our young generation. Despite our different political views across Africa, the election is over now what is paramount is to gather our broken pieces and find a common ground for one Africa.”
William Thompson further went on to thank others that were victorious.
“Thanks a lot to my brother way there in Botswana Mr. Tshepo Sitale……you are a true leader….my respect forever!!! Congratulations to Mr. Lewis Ncube for your election to stir the affairs of the ACC. My brother Enyonam Sewa Noël Fumey your election as the new GS for FIDE is a success story…. Congratulations My wifey, Nash Quoi you maintained your unwavering trust in my abilities…thanks a lot. To all Liberian Chess Affiliates, my family and friends….. Thanks a million. Together we can move Africa forward.” Added Thompson.
William Thompson has been president of the Liberia Chess Federation for just over six months now and has been able to find a headquarter for the Federation and attracting lots of young people to the sport.
Arkady Dvorkovich has been elected FIDE president for the coming four years at the World Chess Federation’s General Assembly in Batumi, Georgia. He defeated Georgios Makropoulos with 103 votes to 78 after Nigel Short withdrew his candidacy at the last minute.
The FIDE presidential elections took place in the Sheraton Batumi hotel in Georgia, where over 160 delegates had gathered for FIDE’s general assembly. First, all three candidates were given the opportunity to present their tickets and their plans for the assembly.