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Saudi loss is Russian gain under ex-Kremlin chess boss

Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the world chess federation, says he wants to increase the sport’s transparency

After Saudi Arabia was stripped of the right to hold a major chess tournament this month, organisers quickly struck a deal with Riyadh to move the event somewhere less politically divisive: Russia.

The last-minute swap was negotiated by Arkady Dvorkovich, a former Kremlin aide who was recently elected president of the world chess federation Fide and has promised to make the game’s leadership more transparent.

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