On November 18, on his way to Andorra, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited ​​the capital of Catalonia -Barcelona. Head of FIDE took a walk along the picturesque streets of Barcelona. He visited Plaza Catalunya, which is called the Heart of the City and walked along La Rambla Boulevard. There, he met his old friend, the honorary consul of Armenia in Andorra Araik Baghdasaryan.

On the same day, head of FIDE joined the closing ceremony of the Fifth European Small Nations Team Championship held in the capital of Andorra - La Vella. The tournament was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Andorra Chess Federation.

On November 17, head of FIDE attended the first Finno-Ugric chess tournament that took place in Vierumaki (Finland). The tournament is dedicated to the centenary of independence of Finland and Estonia and the centenary of Hungary's establishment of diplomatic relations with Finland and Estonia.

The tournament was attended by representatives of these countries and the regions of Russia where Finno-Ugric peoples live. At the airport in Helsinki, Ilyumzhinov gave an interview to Helsinki Sanomat -- the largest newspaper in Finland and Northern Europe.

On November 22, head of FIDE continued his business trip. He visited the Russian Embassy in Seoul and met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alexander Timonin. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke of his business meetings and asked the head of the Russian mission for assistance in opening the chess club at the embassy and organizing a chess tournament among representatives of the diplomatic corps. The topic of providing scholarships for training young people in Russian universities was also brought up. Incidentally, this joint photo was taken against the backdrop of the picture of the most famous Russian warship -- the cruiser Varyag.

On November 21, FIDE President met with head of China-Republic of Korea Friendship Association Mr Khan Kyu Kim in the Association office in Seoul. The full name of the Association -- "21st Century Korea and China - Society of Leaders" -- says about the importance of these relations. It is led by former head of President Kim Young-sam administration, an experienced politician Mr Khan Kyu Kim.

It should be noted that Mr Kim, as chairman of Korean-Soviet friendship society, visited our country many times and together with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made many efforts to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. Mr Kim and President of FIDE exchanged views on the history of bilateral cooperation and assessed the current events of world politics.

On November 20, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea. There, Head of FIDE will hold a meeting with Korea Chess Federation. Presumably, among other important issues related to popularization and promotion of chess, the development of the "Chess in schools" project will be discussed.

In this regard, head of FIDE noted that the chess project does not require construction of an additional infrastructure and is well-known by its flexibility and economy. At the same time, it can attract the attention of a very large audience, especially foreign ones, which is extremely important for the local tourism industry.

At the invitation of head of the Tamil community of Great Britain Mathan S Raja, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Wales on November 15. In Welsh capital Cardiff, Ilyumzhinov took part in the "peaceful march" from a World Harmony Peace statue to Mahatma Gandhi statue and also met with representatives of chess community, children and their parents from various parts of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Then he visited Cardiff centre, where the chess tournament was held. There Ilyumzhinov played a friendly game with the local strongest player. He visited autism centre, where the chess club began functioning.

Chairman of the children's and youth committee of St. Petersburg Sports Chess Federation, curator of chess department at boarding school No. 289, president of Petrovskaya Ladia chess club Pavel Drugov gave an interview to Vzglyad newspaper.

- Pavel Igorevich, how beneficial is the initiative of the Ministry of Education?

FIDE President said that he would like to see US President Donald Trump and the leader of South Korea Kim Jong-un at the chessboard. "Let them - the President of the United States and Kim Jong-un - sit at a chessboard with no tie. It would relieve tension. It’s time to stop saber-rattling," Ilyumzhinov called.
Head of FIDE also noted that if he manages to meet with Trump, he would propose to hold, under the auspices of the US, a tournament between 100 schoolchildren of South Korea and North Korea at the 38th parallel demilitarized zone.

- Your Grace, the Ministry of Education and Science is going to make chess a compulsory subject in schools. I personally talked with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and he showed me statistical data that proved that chess playing young people commit fewer crimes: they do not drink alcohol or smoke. In other words, chess is beneficial for them. But there is an opinion that the game of chess is prohibited as per church canons. What do the clergymen think about playing chess? Do you play?

I have my own chess history. But there is a prehistory. My father was a candidate for a chess master. My mother was a chess master and the Champion of Moscow among girls. True, it was a long time ago but my parents taught me how to play chess.

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.

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