In the near future, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov intends to discuss the integration of chess into the school curriculum with the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva.

"On June 22, I was on a visit to Latvia and we agreed with Minister of Education Karlis Sadurskis that chess will be a mandatory subject in the country's schools starting from 2018. The introduction of chess into educational system is also making steady progress in Russia," Ilyumzhinov said.

On June 22, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in Riga with the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Karlis Sadurskis and the Minister of Finance of Latvia GM Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

The zonal President, the head of the Latvian Chess Federation Aris Ozolinsh also took part in the meeting. The parties, in particular, discussed the possible implementation of the "Chess in Schools" programme in Latvia.

Your Excellency, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov! The Egyptian Chess Federation (ECF) expresses its gratitude to you.

On behalf of ECF and thousands of Egyptian players, I would like to express our gratitude for your kind assistance in providing 12 tickets for the men's and women's teams of Egypt (Cairo-Moscow-Khanty-Mansiysk) to participate in the World Chess Championship on June 16-27, 2017.

On June 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a tour of the world's largest freshwater lake Baikal. Particularly, he visited the protected island of Olkhon located in Pribaikalsky National Park (Irkutsk region of the Russian Federation).

Then FIDE President visited the island of Ogoy, where a Buddhist shrine was erected in 2005 -- the Great Stupa of Enlightenment.

The Central Asia Championship held in Tashkent entered the decisive stage. Recall that this qualifying tournament will define participants of the Men’s World Chess Cup and winner of the Women's World Championship.

"Uzbekistan is one of the countries where chess develops dynamically. Uzbek athletes achieve significant results at prestigious world class competitions," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

On June 17-18, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Samarkand during a trip to Uzbekistan. He was accompanied by Azerbaijani Ambassador Huseyn Guliyev, head of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan Vasif Talibov and vice-president of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Husan Turdialiyev.

On the first day, FIDE President and Vasif Talibov visited the cemetery, where the first President of the country Islam Karimov was buried, and laid a funeral wreath.

On June 16, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Tashkent where he spoke at the opening ceremony of the Central Asia Championship.

Also at the ceremony were First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Iskandar Juraev, Zonal President of FIDE, First Vice President of Uzbekistan Chess Federation Husan Turdialiev, Vice Presidents of Chess Federation Bakhodir Umurzakov and Tursunali Kuziev, Director of a Chess School Kamil Sindarov and others.

On June 15, Moldovan President Igor Dodon reported on the work done during his tenure as the head of Moldovan Chess Federation at the meeting of its presidium.

"Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Moldova three times in a few months of 2017. FIDE President supports the promotion of chess in our country including financial aid. He also helped in the opening of hundreds of chess classes," Dodon noted.

Among the tasks that I, as Vice President of the International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG), have to solve the most important is the further development of our sport and attracting the new followers and adherents.

Like many other sports federations, including FIDE, we aim at uniting, or rather, synthesizing different sports. Thus, we have already decided to take parkour under our wing.

On June 13, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the reception in honour of Russia Day with the Russian Ambassador to Great Britain Alexander Yakovenko.

The social event was also attended by editor-in-chief of radio station Echo of Moscow Alexey Venediktov, head of the "What? Where? When?" London club Dmitry Belitsky, director of the First Russian School in Belfast Elena Geddis, head of the Chingiz Aitmatov Academy in London Rahima Abduvalieva and other guests.

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