On 21 April, FIDE President, continuing his trip to the African continent, arrived in the Republic of Ghana. In Accra, the capital of Ghana, he met with the President and General Secretary of Ghana Chess Federation. The president of FIDE was presented with a national costume in memory of the visit.

The President of the Ghana Chess Federation Philip Elikem Ameku and its leaders joined discussion on the development and promotion of the famous programmes "Chess in schools" and "Chess in villages". Ilyumzhinov warmly thanked the host for the gift and enthusiasm for the development of chess in Ghana and on the African continent.

On 20 April, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov came to the Republic of Togo on a working visit. On that day, a meeting was held with the leadership of Togo Chess Federation.

The parties discussed the most acute problems of chess life. They exchanged views on the activity of the national chess federation, talked about the progress of chess in Togo's social life, sending students to study chess in Russia and other topics.

On 20 April, FIDE President sent a congratulatory letter to the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Olympic champion, Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR, Honoured coach of Russia, the legendary Vyacheslav Fetisov. The letter reads as follows:

"Dear Vyacheslav Alexandrovich! Please accept my warmest congratulations on your jubilee! As you know, a talented person is talented in everything and you proved the validity of this expression by your life devoted to your favourite business.

I do not know about you, dear readers, but I was stunned when I learnt that more than sixty people died from the unusual cold weather in Europe in the early days of spring.

Actually, the end of autumn statistics is probably more depressing. Unfortunately, I could not find the exact data to verify it. It has long become commonplace: the poor, often elderly and sick people, who are not necessarily homeless, die of cold every year by dozens. They are neither climbers caught in a snow storm nor the polar explorers crashed somewhere near the pole a hundred kilometres away from their base. They are ordinary people. In a prosperous Europe.

Our civilization entered the third millennium. We conquered the atom, launch spaceships into the depths of the Universe and consider the exploration of Mars. How did we manage to reconcile ourselves to the fact that the annual dozens, if not hundreds, of lost lives are perceived not as a catastrophe but as dry statistics?

Unfortunately, it did not start yesterday or even a hundred years ago. The folklore of different peoples and the works of various writers, from Charles Perrault to Eugene Schwartz, reflected the motifs of a frozen heart and petrified soul. Dante’s most terrible the ninth circle of hell is clad in ice.

But nobody cares. Scientists and meteorologists shout themselves hoarse whether we shall expect global warming or global cooling. However, they should be more concerned about the frozen, petrified human souls and hearts and think about how to bring them back to their natural state. How to teach people to sympathize with their neighbour again and be merciful and unselfish to any living being.

As we already informed, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took part in the opening ceremony of the fifth Shamkir Chess 2018 super tournament on 18 April.

On 19 April, a meeting was held with First Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yaqub Eyyubov. The head of FIDE told him about the opening ceremony of the fifth super tournament in Shamkir. It was agreed that a 6th super tournament will be held next year. Also issues of bilateral cooperation were discussed at the meeting.

On 18 April, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took part in the opening ceremony of the fifth chess super tournament Shamkir Chess 2018. The head of FIDE warmly greeted the participants and guests of the event. Local craftsmen presented Ilyumzhinov with a memorable gift.

The tournament is dedicated to the memory of the famous grandmaster, champion of Europe Vugar Gashimov and is held in the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Shamkir.

From 7 to 8 April, the Open Chess Tournament for the FIDE President’s Cup was held in Troitskoye village, Sunzhensky district of Ingushetia.

The competition was held in Adi-Ahmad sports club. The participants of the chess tournament were greeted by the President of Ingushetia Chess Federation, International Grandmaster, European Champion Ernesto Inarkiev.

This intellectual game began to be taught on a par with general educational subjects in the schools of Ingushetia. The programme is called "Chess in schools". This means that children learn the wisdom of the ancient game at the lessons along with mathematics, geography and literature. The project provides for the teaching of chess as a subject that stimulates the intellectual development of a child.

On 13 April, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a congratulatory letter to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. It reads as follows:
"Dear Ilham Heydarovich! I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your convincing victory in the elections of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan! The trust that was once again extended to you by the people of your country was the logical result of your many years of work for the benefit of the state!

On 13 April, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the celebration of the birthday of Stephen Seagal that took place in one of the Moscow restaurants. A brilliant film actor was born on 10 April but the celebration was postponed till Friday the 13th. The actor’s best friends joined the event: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Boris Rotenberg, Viktor Drobysh and others.

Master of Aikido and the most famous Buddhist of Hollywood Stephen Seagal first visited Kalmykia in 2007 at the invitation of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who at that time was the president of the republic.

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