(G.M.I. Kevin Spraggett et M.I. Anthony Wirg.
He has almost run for the FIDE presidency on several previous occasions, but backed down at the last moment. Despite his enormous world-wide popularity and respect, Anatoli Karpov felt that the incumbent FIDE president's money was a tough obstacle to overcome. However, in the past few years Karpov has struck it rich in oil, and is now reputed to be the chess world's first billionaire.