On August 20, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Harare where he met with the Vice President and Acting President of Zimbabwe Phelekezela Mphoko. The parties discussed the opportunities for the development of chess in the country. Then Ilyumzhinov awarded Mr. Mphoko with the Golden Sign of FIDE for his attention to the development of chess.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane, the continental president of Africa Lewis Nkub and the Russian ambassador to Zimbabwe Sergei Bakharev.

On August 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov delivered a parting word at the ceremony of seeing off the youth team of Botswana to the Interschool African Championship, which began in Harare (Zimbabwe) a day later.

Also in the ceremony were Mayor Gaborone Kagiso Calvin Thutlwe, the Russian grandmaster and the coach of the team Nikolai Chadaev, head of the Chess Federation of Botswana Motokomedi Tabano and other officials.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Minister of Education of Botswana, the Honorable Unity Dow.

The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Grace Muzila, Assistant to the Minister Charles Mothabane, Charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Alexander Anoshkin, President of Botswana Chess Federation Mothokomedi Thabano, Vice President of BSF Tiroyamodimo Roger, President of the Sports Association of Primary Schools Busang Sengweni.

On August 17, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held talks with the chief executive director of Botswana National Sports Council of Falcon Sedimo discussing the possibility of holding an international chess tournament in this South African country.

Then FIDE president agreed with the charge d'affaires of the embassy of the Russian Federation Alexander Anoshkin that Chess Federation of Botswana will annually send a group of students to study in Russia.

On August 16, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is on a business trip to Gaborone, held talks with the Minister of Education and Professional Development of the Republic of Botswana Unity Dow discussing the development of the project "Chess in Schools".

The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Grace Musila, head of the chess federation of the country Motokomedi Tabano, charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Alexander Anoshkin and other officials.

On August 15, in Doha, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Sheikh Mansur Mohammed Al-Mosleh -- the manager of private office of Sheikh Abdulla bin Khaled Hamad Al Thani (Qatar). Princess of Thailand Raja also took part in the meeting.

The parties, including FIDE President, discussed issues of business cooperation.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov plans to open restaurants of Soviet cuisine in Qatar.

"We with my Qatari friends, businessmen and sheikhs agreed to open two restaurants here. The first one will be placed in the walking area of Doha embankment. It will be an economy class "Restaurant Kirsan" representing cuisines of 15 Soviet republics. The second restaurant will be located in a five-star hotel -- Kempinski or Four Seasons. It will be a premium dining place for sheikhs," Ilyumzhinov said, estimating investments in each of the restaurants at €1.5-2 million.

On August 13, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Doha (Qatar) for a business visit. Ilyumzhinov met with friends from Russia and Ukraine at Kempinski Hotel and discussed with them a number of personal and business issues.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also met with Princess of Thailand, her Highness Raj and Sheikh Abdul Gani. They discussed the possibility of joint cooperation and a number of business projects.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, scientists are increasingly calling us to seek a new place of residence in the vastness of the universe. The whole internet is actively discussing the approach of the end of the world. Do you think that this is a real threat to humanity?
Human civilization is tense and alert. The prominent businessmen, scientists and politicians are increasingly talking about "global threats", which can make our life a mess. We are urged to look for "answers to challenges" but the proposed methods for countering threats are more like a child's attempt to hide from the problems under the blanket.

The largest chess festival of the country "Astana Open 2017" with the prize fund of 11 million tenge finished in the capital of Kazakhstan. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov came to its opening. Grandmasters from 10 countries took part in the tournament.

Chess is a very democratic sport. 600 chess players took part in the metropolitan open tournament. It is noteworthy that not only grandmasters but also amateurs came to Astana from abroad.

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