Andrey Filatov is to serve a third term as CFR President ©Getty Images

Andrey Filatov is to remain President of the Chess Federation of Russia (CFR) after defeating controversial grandmaster Sergey Karjakin in an election.

Filatov has been in charge of the CFR since 2014 and is now due to remain President until 2026 

Filatv is also the current head coach of the men's national team.

Karjakin, who the International Chess Federation (FIDE) suspended for six months for writing an open letter supporting the invasion of Ukraine days after the conflict started, challenged him.

A total of 58 delegates backed Filatov in the vote, with seven supporting Karjakin.

"The elections were alternative, competitive, sharp, there were different views, a discussion," said Filatov, as reported by Russian state news agency TASS.

"Our chess community has given me confidence, I was elected for the third time as president of the Chess Federation of Russia.

"I would like such attention to our congress, which, I hope, will serve as a further impetus for the development of chess in the regions, because chess today attracts regions, chess lovers throughout the country."

Sergey Karjakin came up short in the Chess Federation of Russia Presidential election ©Getty Images
Sergey Karjakin came up short in the Chess Federation of Russia Presidential election ©Getty Images

Karjakin won the 2016 Candidates Tournament, but lost his bid to become world champion against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.

He was also crowned the 2015 FIDE World Cup champion.

Karjakin said he knew he would always struggle to beat the incumbent CFR leader.

"There were no illusions about this, firstly, because I ran rather late, I admit that I made the decision not exactly spontaneously, but late," said Karjakin. 

"I did not have enough time to work with delegates in the regions. 

"On the other hand, I understood that in eight years they have developed a system that works well for them, that it is difficult to oppose something at once."

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich also hails from Russia.

Dvorkovich was previously Deputy Prime Minister of Russia from 2012 to 2018.

Twenty of the top 100 players in the FIDE ratings are from Russia, making it one of the most prominent nations in chess, although if Russians want to compete internationally they must do so under a FIDE flag.