Today, more than 600 million people are passionate about chess, its popularity is growing in Africa and Asia. FIDE is one of the three most influential sports associations in the world. In many respects this is the merit of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who successfully leads FIDE since 1995.

This is confirmed by election in Tromsø in 2014, where Kirsan Nikolayevich won almost two-thirds of the vote against his main competitor Garry Kasparov.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov intends to accumulate new ideas and attract talented and successful young people to work in FIDE and develop chess. This idea was put forward by FIDE President at a press conference at Interfax news agency in Moscow on October 16.

In his opinion, not people but their ideas and programmes will compete in the head of FIDE election in 2018. A special website will be set up for this purpose.

On October, 16 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke at a press conference in Moscow. He noted that he does not intend to sue FIDE Executive Board for a statement demanding his resignation from the head of federation .

"I am categorically against going to court. There is no time for all sorts of intrigues," head of FIDE said. He also said that he appealed to US President Donald Trump with a request to protect his honour and dignity.

Today, on October 16, a press conference of President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will be held in the central office of Interfax news agency (Moscow, 1-st Tverskaya-Yamskaya, 2) at 13:00. Theme: "The situation around the election of head of FIDE".

Media accreditation should be made by phone: +7 (495) 223-66-99 (and is completed an hour before the event).

Last Friday, a meeting of the Executive Committee took place in the resort village of Goynuk (Antalya, province of Turkey) within the framework of the 88th FIDE Congress. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a report.

Recall that the Congress, which adopted decisions important for the International Chess Federation and World Chess, will finish its work on October 15. The venue of the event is the Avantgarde Hotel.

The only region officially professing Buddhism in Europe is located in the south-east of Russia. You can visit the largest Buddhist temple, meditate and taste dishes of Asian cuisine in Kalmykia.

It was practically bare steppe in the USSR. And everything changed only when Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became the President in 1993. Nowadays, pilgrims from all over the world come here to see the Golden Monastery of Buddha Shakyamuni.

First vice-president of the Moscow Chess Federation Nikita Kim talked about the introduction of the Chess in Schools programme in Russia.

"It is important for children not only to study but also to apply knowledge, that is, to play chess. Currently, we are developing a system of tournaments together with the Ministry of Education and departments, so that children of any skill level in chess would be able to realize their abilities. We are working on an electronic platform that would unite children of the whole of Russia," he explained.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov supported plans of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation to make school chess lessons compulsory.

"When I was head of Kalmykia and we introduced chess in schools, pupils’ academic performance increased by 40 percent. Children began to study better and to win prizes at Olympiads. Chess allows us to develop not only logic but creativity and imagination," FIDE President said.

The first issue of Kommersant-Daily was published 25 years ago. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave his comment on the anniversary date.

"My political life, after I became the head of Kalmykia in the early 90s, was very closely intertwined with activities and formation of Kommersant, and since then we have been moving along together -- I in politics and you in media," FIDE president said.

On October 7, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov attended the Russian Energy Week International Forum, which was joined by representatives of major companies from many countries.

On the sidelines of the forum, FIDE president met with Zimbabwe's Energy Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge, who arrived in the Russian capital on a working visit. The parties discussed issues of economic cooperation.

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