Will the real Glen Stark please stand up

Glen Stark CV page 1The Glen Stark affair, that went as a sonic boom through the chess world yesterday, provoked interesting reactions and revelations from all around the globe. Yet 24 hours after the publication on Chessdom, the questions remain valid. Is Glen Stark a real person on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s ticket? Has any FIDE Organiser or Official ever met this “Glen Stark” character who is supposed to be running for the position of FIDE General Secretary? If he exists, why does he publish a CV containing job positions that organizations deny he has been at? Why Glen Stark uses a generic photo related to fake accounts? Why a good part of his Twitter and Facebook accounts link to automated marketing methods, also relevant to creating fake accounts?

At Chessdom we tried to get in touch with all sides in this story. As responses and reactions continue coming, we will keep updating this article on an hourly basis with new information:

Berik Balgavaev, assistant to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Sorry, as FIDE employee I’m not involved in the election campaign (via personal message)

Russian Chess Federation: If (when) we know something on the topic, we will inform you (via personal message)

FIDE: [Awaiting reply]

FIDE ethics commission: [Awaiting reply]

Malcolm Pein, journalist, organizer, CEO Chess in Schools: I have a comprehensive dossier that demonstrates that Glen Stark one of Ilyumzhinov’s so called Vice Presidents for his FIDE election ticket does not exist [...] Danailov says he exists, he’s a real person, that’s the third person who says they know him. I look forward to meeting him and asking him about his CV and the claims in it. So to be clear will the real Glen Stark please stand up and explain why he published what looks like a fake CV #KirsanFakes #GlenStark (via Twitter)

Nigel Short, chess Grandmaster It appears that Stark is not Iron Man, but rather Invisible Man #Kirsan #Avengers (via Twitter)

Silvio Danailov, ex BCF Yes, I personally know him (via Twitter)

Tarjei Svensen, chess journalist How do I get in touch with [Glen Stark] when there are no responses on listed phone #? Why do all organizations mentioned in his CV deny any knowledge of him? And why does he use a fake photo as profile photo? Would expect some transparency if you want to be General Secretary of FIDE. (via Twitter)

Jefferey Hall, chess enthusiast You cannot make this stuff up, can you?? And they gave a detailed CV so it’s not like some typo or accident (via Twitter)

Patrik Voseen, chess enthusiast That is the craziest thing I have ever seen. Hey, and I am an American dealing with the Trump presidency! LOL. Is there no accountability? Fide can do such much better than this. (Via Twitter)

Michael Freeman, sponsor of the NZ Chess Grand Prix The aliens have returned posing as US citizens? (via Twitter)

More reactions coming, stay tuned

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