- I know that you were recently nominated for the IOC presidency.

Chess players are striving to get in the Olympic family since 1924 especially in the recent decades. Although, it is difficult to prove the expediency of this aspiration. As they say, if you cannot defeat a movement, you should head it. To popularize chess, the FIDE presidential council decided to nominate FIDE leaders to the IOC leadership.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, we all, including the FIDE, make plans for 3-5 years. However, they say that the end of the world would come on December 21, 2012. Has the end of the world been cancelled?

Very interesting question! We don’t know when we would die. We await death and know that we all would die eventually. Lord has given us life, which has a beginning and an end. You can live for 80 to 100 years but you will die eventually. Nobody knows for sure when he would die.

- How did you get acquainted with the legendary clairvoyant?

Bulgarians, with whom I studied at MGIMO, helped me. In 1993, I went with them to Petrich, where Vanga lived. I do not want to show off but I was one of the few with whom she often met. Usually we sat, talked and drank tea. Once in April 1995, her relative, a doctor, Boyka Tsvetkova called.
She asked: "Are you all right?" At that time, the aunt insisted that she saw two Kirsans. She said that Kirsan had split in two." I called Baba Vanga and I heard her laughing. I flew to her. We had supper. All her relatives sat around us. Suddenly she pointed at me: "Such a thin, small man occupying two chairs..." And in a few months I was elected President of FIDE.

On February 5, 2007, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II met with Kalmykia President, Konstantin N. Ilyumzhinov at the Chisty Lane patriarchal residence.

Head of Kalmykia invited Patriarch Alexy II to visit Elista this spring. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov asked head of the Russian Orthodox Church to lay the foundation of a new cathedral and consecrate a monument to Sergius of Radonezh.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told in an interview to Voice of Russia about how to win a game of chess against computer, why rapid chess is more popular than classic and what benefits this game provides for children.

- Let's talk about chess. It's still a sport. In the 1980s, computers were not as common as they are today. Now chess players, pass the chess exams like the state exams. They use chess programs and compete who has the best computer. If it is very fast, then presumably the owner plays chess better.

And there is something that’s very important -- his message to Western countries. In 2003, Libya decided to freeze and curtail all programmes of development and production of chemical, bacteriological and atomic weapons and to curtail missile production. Talking about this, Gaddafi added that the money saved was used to build the "River of Life" and the railway, the tender for which Russia won.

Gaddafi drew various plans when we talked. For example, conrerning his "resignation": "They tell me that I have to leave. Where from? Which post? This is the first question." He put mark on a sheet of paper. "The second one is: which country should I go to? The third is: why should I leave? And the fourth is: how much did Libya lose because of this war? And not only Libya. How many contracts did Russia lose?"

He drew this all on a sheet of paper. I clearly remember his words: "I'm not hiding anywhere! I do not take refuge in bunkers!" He met us in an ordinary house. I conveyed to him the position of our leadership. I was not an adviser, a special representative or an intermediary. I simply stated the current position of the leaders of our country, to which Gaddafi said: "And where should I go?"

Let me remind you that it was in Tripoli -- the capital of the Libyan Jamahiriya -- that the World Chess Championship was held in 2004. 128 chess players from 56 countries participated in it, including from Russia, China, the USA, Germany and Great Britain. I emphasize that my visit to Tripoli was not of any mediatory or political nature. This was a planned, regular trip to the African continent countries. I expressed my condolences to Mohammed Gaddafi on the death of his brother and relatives. You know that several bombs hit the house of Muammar Gaddafi's son during the NATO bombing (this happened on April 30). His son was killed, Gaddafi's three month old granddaughter and two grandsons died.

During the trip of FIDE president to the Libyan Jamahiriya in June 2011, he was accompanied by Nikolai Sologubovsky, a correspondent of Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper. We bring to your attention his reportage. Here are fragments of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's interview.

"I did not think that my trip to Libya would attract such attention. I will not give any political assessments. I just want to tell you what I saw. And tell in detail what leader of the Libyan Jamahiriya Muammar Gaddafi told me during our meeting.

- Last year's match between Kramnik and Topalov had probably made you worry a lot. Did you lose the desire to invite chess players to Elista?

It has already become a tradition to hold major competitions in Elista – a city that has become the centre of world chess. We will continue to host the highest level tournaments every year to maintain the prestige and popularization of chess in Kalmykia and Russia.

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