On September 26, in Moscow FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Ms. Banzragchiyn Delgermaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation.

The parties, in particular, discussed the holding of a chess tournament dedicated to the 95th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mongolia for employees of the diplomatic corps accredited in the capital of Russia.

On September 25, the Museum of Russian Impressionism hosted the opening ceremony of the anniversary tournament in memory of the 8th World Champion Mikhail Tal in Moscow.

Such prominent chess stars as Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Svidler, Jan Nepomniachtchi, Eugene Tomaszewski (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Viswanathan Anand (India), Shahriyar Mammadyarov (Azerbaijan), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Lee Chao (China), Boris Gelfand (Israel) joined the Memorial.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, can you tell us why not only the Russian but the whole world of chess got sanctioned by Obama and the West?

That policy has being carried out by the US officials for several years. For example, the World Chess Federation is the one of the largest and numerous sports organizations. We unite 187 countries; spend more than 100 thousand competitions every year; more than 600 million people play chess or know the rules of the game under the auspices of FIDE...
Thus, it happened that chess too, somehow, has recently got into a "risk zone" with the assistance of, let us say, some officials.

- The head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov does not exclude that one more world-class tournament - Children's Chess Olympiad could be held in the near future in Baku. What is the probability of that in your opinion?

-It's hard to tell for me, because I participate in adult competitions. But, in any case, I can say that Baku has great chess traditions. It hosts many tournaments including the annual Vugar Gashimov Memorials, which I will visit.

The World Chess Championship among boys and girls 14- 16 and 18 years old started In Khanty-Mansiysk.

412 players from 57 countries will attend the tournament. Here's how FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov explained Khanty-Mansiysk phenomenon: "This town is a special place for us. And the region itself has already reached such a high level, that it may serve as an example of holding the international chess events for other countries and federations."

By the decision of the US Treasury the President of the World Chess Federation Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was inadvertently sanctioned and placed on the SDN list http://kirsan.today/en/analytics/item/926-the-us-treasury-is-not-able-to...

Based on Presumption of Innocence on the US Constitution from the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments, this act of injustice needs to be investigated on the US soil and in the US Supreme Court. Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is absolutely innocent and ready to prove his case in the US Court, as well as volunteering to take a polygraph test. http://kirsan.today/en/news/item/954-who-is-afraid-of-fide-president.html

The US authorities have an old habit of behaving arrogantly and impudently. They went right through with anti-Russian sanctions: the officials include anyone in their lists at will. The majority of Russians, included in the black list, took this calmly. However, the head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov began to wonder why such harassment should ever happen. Thus, he decided to play the elaborate game with the US.

The other day he made the next move and the media had spread the news: Ilyumzhinov wrote a letter to the President Barack Obama with request to grant him the US citizenship.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will take part in the Hard Day's Night programme on the Dozhd channel today on September 20. The questions that the presenter and four journalists will ask the guest will be broadcasted live.

"Every time that the Hard Day's Night programme is on-air, it means a new visitor out of the most interesting politicians and businessmen. We do not organize a press conference for a guest - we talk about topics that are of interest to him and important to us," the popular programme website said.

There was plenty of mixing sports and politics during the recent Rio Olympics, and now it looks that we might expect such politicization to spread to the chess.
Last month, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, since 1995 President of FIDE (la Fédération Internationale des Échecs, or the World Chess Federation), was barred from traveling to New York in preparation for a match between Russian Sergey Karjakin and Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen. As things stand now, Ilyumzhinov might be blacklisted even from attending the match itself in November.

On September 16, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the Belgorod region. Accompanied by Governor Yevgeny Savchenko, he visited the chess tournament dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Belgorod State University.

"Two years ago, we set ourselves an ambitious goal: to increase the number of chess players in the world to one billion by 2020. Our slogan is ‘One billion chess players - one billion clever people’". Therefore, the main FIDE programme is: "Chess in Schools". Thus, we will try to make chess a compulsory or an optional subject in many countries," told Ilyumzhinov during the round table.

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