Kirsan Ilyumzhinov disclosed the contents of his letter to US President Donald Trump, in which he described the inclusion of himself in the sanctions list as a political act.

"I think this is an infringement of my rights. In particular, it is an infringement of the fundamental right to freedom of movement provided for by the UN Charter. On the one hand, I don’t care whether I am allowed to enter the U.S. or not. But on the other hand, 188 countries are members of FIDE, including the United States. So I, as President of FIDE, should be there," Ilyumzhinov said.

On May 23, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in London. FIDE President expressed his condolences to families of victims for the terrorist attack in Manchester and then visited the British Chess Academy, where he met with members of the children's chess teams.

Incidentally, one of these teams will play at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Minsk in the beginning of June, and for the first time in history, another one will take part in the international tournament "White Rook" in Sochi.

On May 21, games of the final ninth round of the second stage of the FIDE Grand Prix were played in Moscow. The winner of the prestigious competition was Chinese grandmaster Ding Liren, who scored 6 points.

At the awarding ceremony, the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and PhosAgro Deputy General Director for relations with state bodies Valery Fyodorov delivered welcoming speeches.

On May 19, FIDE President, the head of Kirsan Foundation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and GM Alexander Motylev held a simultaneous game for disabled children on 24 boards in the second stage of 2917 Grand Prix-series held in Moscow’s Central Telegraph building. The tournament hall was also ded by the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov and chess patron from Israel Moshe Slav.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov continues to bring the warring countries closer with the help of chess. Recently, he helped organize a tournament between chess players from Moldova and Transnistria. As a result, a combined Moldavian-Transnistrian team will attend the championship for school teams "White Rook" in Sochi.

Developing a positive experience, the FIDE President came to an agreement on holding a similar tournament with the leadership of South and North Korea.

On May 17, the head of the Kirsan Foundation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov attended an audience with the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia Omar Saif Ghobash, who received the guest at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Moscow.

The parties, having discussed the draft agreement on the development of chess in the primary and secondary education system in the UAE, expressed their confidence that this document will be ready for signing in the very near future. In memory of the meeting, Mr. Ghobash presented Ilyumzhinov with his autobiographical novel.

On May 16, FIDE head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid a visit to Chisinau, where he met with Moldovan President Igor Dodon. The parties discussed the development of chess in the country as well as possibility of holding the 2022 World Chess Olympiad in the capital of the Republic of Moldova.

Further, both presidents congratulated the young master of sport of FIDE, a resident of Chisinau Andrei Makovey, who recently won the gold medal of the World Chess Championship among schoolchildren under 17 in Iasi (Romania).

The second stage of the FIDE Grand Prix, which takes place in Moscow from May 12 to May 21, is of great interest for chess fans. This was stated by the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

"This is one of the most important competitions on calendar of FIDE. 18 of the world's strongest chess players take part in it and five of them are from Russia. I expect a very interesting and uncompromising tournament. After all, two finalists get a ticket to the Candidates Tournament," Ilyumzhinov said.

On May 14, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the head of the Republic of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov during the third round of the World Chess Grand Prix in Moscow.

Yevkurov, who had highly appreciated the organization of the event, said that Ingushetia was ready to host the next Contenders Tournament or any part of the FIDE Grand Prix. Furthermore, measures to develop and popularize chess in the region were discussed.

On May 11, the second part of the FIDE Grand Prix series – a part of the 2017-2018 Championship cycle – started in the old mansion on Malaya Ordynka street in Moscow.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE Vice-President Israel Gelfer, PhosAgro Board Chairman Andrei Guriev, a member of the EG Capital Partners Supervisory Board Mikhail Kasumov and one of the managers of Kaspersky Lab Mikhail Zemskov spoke at the opening ceremony.
Also at the event were the World Blitz Champion Sergei Karyakin, member of the Federation Council of Russia Belan Hamchiev, State Duma deputy Alikhan Kharsiev, show business stars and other guests.

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