On March 16, W Legal Limited, a London based law firm that provides legal support to international activities of FIDE President received a letter from English newspaper The Week. Having lost court on the protection of honour and dignity, the newspaper's editorial board is obliged to pay Ilyumzhinov moral damage and publish a refutation of false information according to London Court ruling. The letter says:

On February 8, Ilyumzhinov visited Ulyanovsk for the first time, arriving at the "New Cooperation" forum. FIDE head came from Tel Aviv, where he negotiated the organization of a tournament between Jewish and Palestinian schoolchildren. The same evening, he flew to Yerevan from Ulyanovsk to open the chess academy. After that he flew to the Arab Emirates to the Asian chess congress and from there he went to London – the schedule is crazy!

Ulyanovsk kindergartners and first-graders will be taught to play chess soon. Already this year, chess should be taught not as an optional subject but as mandatory in several schools of the region. Later, it is planned to teach Ulyanovsk children the game of chess starting from kindergarten. A memorandum of cooperation was signed at the "New Cooperation" forum held in Ulyanovsk since February 8. It calls for close cooperation between the Ulyanovsk region and chess federation. The federation will help the region with textbooks, tournament organization and training of coaches.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested including chess in the school curriculum. Ancient game is very popular in the republic and a real chess boom occurred in 2004, when Uzbek grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov sensationally won FIDE World Champion title.

Uzbekistan Chess Federation (UCF) was established in 1996, gathering more than 1,700 people. According to the UCF, there are 11 international male grand masters and three in the female category.

The participants of the African Chess Confederation (ACC) unanimously supported the candidacy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the forthcoming FIDE presidential elections in August 2018. The ACC includes the leaders of the national chess federations of 47 countries of the Dark Continent. According to NG experts, familiar with the chess issues, ACC members provide more than 50% of the votes needed for the election of FIDE president.

A meeting of Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation attended by its leaders and representatives of the regions was held in Moscow. The meeting’s agenda included summing up the annual results of different activities. However, it missed one important point: approval of candidacy for post of President of the International Chess Federation for which elections will be held in the autumn next year.

"Chess is the most democratic sport," President of the International Chess Federation asserted. "It is easily accessible, does not require large financial investments and promotes a child's intellectual development. Chess playing children improve their performance in all subjects. A positive result of introducing chess into educational programmes in schools around the world is obvious."

The project was initiated in Magnitogorsk on September 1, 2017. Educational institutions will be involved in this project in successive phases over three years. Chess classes have already been introduced in 45 kindergartens as part of the basic educational programme. Chess is being taught in additional classes in 20 schools. Not only chessboards, pieces and other equipment have been already purchased but also a full methodical complex, which includes teaching resources and workbooks for children.

Mandatory chess lessons, which should be introduced in Russian schools in the next two years, will be useful to promote children's analytical thinking, experts in the regions believe.

The Ministry of Education and Science intends to introduce chess lessons in schools in the next two years: they will be mandatory for first-fourth grade students -- one hour per week.

The World Chess Championship ended in Khanty-Mansiysk recently. Russia men's national team won silver and was defeated by women’s, which became the winner for the first time in history.

For a long time, FIDE hatched the idea of gathering strongest chess players under the flags of their countries. Despite the chaos of the 1990s and a sharp decline in interest in chess, the Russian team was still quite competitive.

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