On September 15, in Syktyvkar (the Republic of Komi), the chess tournament between orphans and elderly people ended. It was designed to help bring together lonely citizens of different generations, who share the common interests.

"We need each other" tournament was held on the premises of the Tentyukov residential home for the elderly and disabled with the support of FIDE. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a greeting letter to the participants of the competition.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, may Azmaiparashvili be subject to penalties and sanctions if the Canadian grandmaster Kovalev lodges an official complaint?

We are talking about the ethical side of the issue. I would not like to make any statements since FIDE Ethics Commission is independent body. But purely humanly I don’t like this situation. We are players and whatever happens, we should always treat each other with respect.

On September 14, in Moscow, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with head of Yakutia Yegor Borisov discussing issues of bilateral cooperation including the expansion of "Chess in schools" programme.

Also, the FIDE President presented training and methodological kit for 1-4 grades of primary school published by "Prosveshcheniye" holding. It includes a textbook of chess, a workbook and a manual for the teacher.

Candidates Tournament, which will determine the rival of the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in a match for the world chess crown, will take place in Berlin on March 10- 28, 2018. Berlin will host this competition for the first time.

"Germany has traditionally been a chess country. The Second World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, was born there. More than 20 percent of Germans play chess. This sport is very popular there," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

On September 12, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held talks with Deputy Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia J.Yadamsuren. The parties discussed various business issues including the development of chess in this Central Asian country.

After the official part, the friendly meeting, which began in the Moscow office of FIDE, continued outdoors -- in one of the picturesque places of the Moscow region.

On September 11, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a short visit to Lausanne. While there, he visited the International House of Sports, where headquarters of many world sports federations are located.

Also, FIDE President visited the famous Olympic Museum, which hosted the Karpov-Anand chess match in January 1998, and was photographed against the backdrop of city attractions.

On September 6, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid a private visit to the city of Limassol (Republic of Cyprus) after receiving an invitation to the wedding of his friend's daughter.

Incidentally, at the wedding celebration, the guest of honour from Russia took a souvenir proto with the well-known Ukrainian television and radio presenter Vladimir Ostapchuk, who held the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev last spring.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed dissatisfaction with actions of Chairman of the organizing committee of the World Cup in Tbilisi and expressed his regret that such unpleasant situation has occurred.
Recall that Canadian chess player Anton Kovalev left the World Cup without playing in the third round match. The reason for the demarche was the aggressive actions of the head of the organizing committee Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who insulted Kovalev.

The Azerbaijani authorities and business representatives provide very important support to world chess, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

"I would like to thank the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR for having sponsored many international chess events for a long time, including the 2013 President’s Championship in London," FIDE President said.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, the World Chess Cup is your brainchild. Are you satisfied with its development? After all, any "parent" knows better than others both the best and worst aspects of his creation.

Only time can tell. In December 1995, at the FIDE presidential council in Singapore, I suggested holding a World Championship on a knockout system, which was later transformed into the World Cup.

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