Kasparov pledged money to official in run for president of chess body

Two months earlier, Garry Kasparov and Leong negotiated a deal in which Ignatius Leong would help Kasparov's presidential run in exchange for $500,000, according to a draft contract reviewed by The New York Times. Kasparov also agreed, after his election, to open a new federation office in Singapore, to be run by Leong, for which he would be paid an undisclosed amount.

updated: January 22, 2014 21:30 IST
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Garry Kasparov, the former chess world champion, announced in October that he was running for president of the World Chess Federation, the game's governing body. He also announced a slate of candidates who were his nominees to lead the organization in various geographic regions.

The nominees included Ignatius Leong in Asia, a surprising choice considering Leong, who lives in Singapore, is the general secretary of the federation under its longtime president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is running for re-election. In effect, Leong was switching sides.

The motivation might have been money.

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