- Kirsan Nikolayevich, the US Chess Federation does not hide its discontent with your work as the head of FIDE. How do you feel about such statements?
You know, they say: "The dogs bark, but the caravan keeps on." I often asked my American colleagues why they refused to cooperate. After all, I organized two world championships in the US –in Las Vegas and in New York. And there were no sponsors or any other kind of support from the Americans.

Yesterday Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, which lasted two days.

On May 8, FIDE President had an audience with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Hamoud Al Harthy. As a result of the talks, the Omani side announced its intention to introduce universal chess education in all schools of the country, so that the Sultanate could serve as a good example for the Persian Gulf states.

I would like to congratulate all Buddhist believers on the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni! It was on this sacred day, in 623 BC, that the Buddha was born. And today we not only rejoice at the wonderful deeds of the great Teacher, but also try to follow his example by doing good deeds.

Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help us all to find happiness and get rid of adversity. On the same day, he attained Enlightenment and went to Parinirvana at the age of 80.

Dear veterans and workers in the rear! Please accept my warmest and most heartfelt congratulations on our most sacred holiday — Victory Day!

Today is a great holiday for our people and the entire Russian land. We are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the victory over fascist Germany. Despite the fact that this significant day goes farther back in the years, it has a huge historical significance for our country.

On May 8, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in the capital of the Sultanate of Oman Muscat, where he held talks with the leadership of the chess federation of the country and discussed the topical issues of the development and promotion of chess.

Later, FIDE President took part in the solemn opening ceremony of the chess championship among schoolchildren and afterwards, together with the organizers of the event, attended the tournament hall, where he watched the game with interest.

On May 5, in Dubai, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Sheikh Nahyan's grandson also attended the meeting.

The sides discussed the development of chess in the region. In addition, Sheikh Nahyan supported Ilyumzhinov's nomination for the post of FIDE President in the 2018 elections. After the constructive business talks, a gala dinner took place.

On May 4, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on a working visit, where he held talks with the President of the Asian Chess Federation Sheikh Nahyan.

The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The parties, in particular, discussed the development of promising chess projects in Asian countries, having come to a full mutual understanding on the main issues.

On May 3, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took part in the opening ceremony of the Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2017 dedicated to the memory of Heydar Aliyev. In particular, FIDE President presented the diploma of the international organizer to the mayor of Nakhichevan Vugar Safarov, and also met with the head of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Ragimov and the Vice-President of the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan, Mair Mammadov.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, why did you decide to run for FIDE President again?

I want to finish the programme "One billion chess players". In the past 22 years, I was faced with the task of uniting the chess world, and I unified it. Now I have set a global goal: to teach a billion people to play chess, so that each family has chess set. And it does not matter whether it is an African village, New York or Moscow.

- Sergey, could you tell us about your current life as far as chess is concerned: do you get ready for something new or are you going to have a well-deserved rest after the fight with Carlsen?

I became much more popular after the match with Carlsen. I always played pretty well but I became really well-known only after that match. Thus, I'm reaping the fruits of this glory now. I am invited to many meetings, various events, simultaneous games and lectures.