FIDE President since 1995
H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was born on the 5th of April 1962 in Elista, Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. The Russian diplomat and polotician was elected in 1995. Mr. Ilyumzhinov had prior to this time, being a major chess sponsor following his contribution to the successful hosting of the 1994 Chess Olympiad in Moscow. Since his election as FIDE President, he has sponsored 3 World Championship events namely, the Karpov – Kamsky Match in Elista (1996), the World Chess Championship in Groningen and Lausanne (1997/1998) and the World Chess Championship in Las Vegas (1999). As President of Republic of Kalmykia, his Republic played host to the 33rd Chess Olympiad and 69th FIDE Congress in Elista 1998.
Mr. Florencio Campomanes was born on the 22nd of February 1927 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine chess player and politician was elected as the 5th FIDE President in 1982. He was Zone President from 1966 to 1970 and FIDE Deputy President for Asia between 1974 and 1982. He was credited with organizing the 1978 Karpov - Kortchnoi World Championship Match in Baguio City as well as the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila among other chess events in various parts of the world. One of the most achievements of Mr. Campomanes has been the chess explosion in his native Asia and the world wide growth of the game.
Mr. Fridrik Olafsson was born on the 26th of January 1935 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Icelandic Lawyer and Chess Grandmaster became the 4th FIDE President in 1978.As Chess Grandmaster he won a number of International Tournaments, and one of his major works is the book on the Spassky – Fischer Match of 1972. In 1982 Mr. Olafsson was appointed Secretary to the Icelandic Parliament.
The late Max Euwe was born on the 20th of May 1901 in Watergraafsmeer. The Dutch Professor of mathematics and mechanics became the 3rd President of FIDE in 1970. He also had a distinguished chess playing career having won many international chess tournaments and defeating World Champion Alexander Alekhin to become World Chess Champion in the period 1935 to 1937.
The late Folke Rogard was born on the 6th of July 1899 in Stockholm. A Swedish lawyer by profession, he became the 2nd FIDE President in 1949 after having held the position of President of the Swedish Chess Federation and between 1947 and 1949, the office of Vice-President of FIDE.
The late Alexander Rueb was born on the 27th of December 1882 at The Hague, Netherlands. A Dutch lawyer and diplomat, Mr. Rueb was one of the founders of FIDE, becoming the 1st FIDE President in 1924. He was also an International Arbiter of Chess Composition.