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.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, the US Chess Federation does not hide its discontent with your work as the head of FIDE. How do you feel about such statements?
You know, they say: "The dogs bark, but the caravan keeps on." I often asked my American colleagues why they refused to cooperate. After all, I organized two world championships in the US –in Las Vegas and in New York. And there were no sponsors or any other kind of support from the Americans.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, why did you decide to run for FIDE President again?

I want to finish the programme "One billion chess players". In the past 22 years, I was faced with the task of uniting the chess world, and I unified it. Now I have set a global goal: to teach a billion people to play chess, so that each family has chess set. And it does not matter whether it is an African village, New York or Moscow.

- Sergey, could you tell us about your current life as far as chess is concerned: do you get ready for something new or are you going to have a well-deserved rest after the fight with Carlsen?

I became much more popular after the match with Carlsen. I always played pretty well but I became really well-known only after that match. Thus, I'm reaping the fruits of this glory now. I am invited to many meetings, various events, simultaneous games and lectures.

After the opening ceremony of the 4th Vugar Gashimov Memorial, FIDE President answered the reporters' questions.

- Who is the favorite to win the tournament?
This question is always difficult to answer because the level of chess players has grown enormously in recent years. Apart from the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who does not play in Shamkir, everyone else does. These are the chess players who can solve the toughest problems and have excellent tournament skills.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, it seems that your whole life confirms the idea of the lyrics "and rushing to live..." Do you agree?

Of course, I'm rushing to live. But, as they say, one should not rush hurriedly. I always try to plan things for a few years ahead. I want to not just live life, but to realize what I had planned. It’s like chess: play the Spanish opening or Sicilian defence, get an advantage and finish the game with dignity. So I want to finish my life with dignity.

- Nobody fully understands what is happening in FIDE now. What is your view of this situation?

Of course, I'm not indifferent to this situation. I do not know who is behind this, and what the purpose of the «putschists» is, but here's what I think about all this. First, I see no reason to change the president of FIDE. Chess progresses and develops. There are no problems and no overlap. FIDE organizes all its calendar competitions accurately and in time.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, why did Hou Yifan refuse to play in Tehran? After all, she lost the crown by not taking part in the World Cup.

Hou Yifan switched to participating in men's tournaments now; she has her own training schedule. The World Cup was not part of her plans. She already played in the men's Grand Prix in Sharjah. Now she will play in the next stage of the Grand Prix, which will be held in Moscow in May.

The head of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov called the "demarche" information about the possible resignation of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

"There is no impeachment. Legally, Ilyumzhinov can be removed from power only by the FIDE Congress, which will take place in a year and a half. The case is an attempt to force the President to leave, because he could only be resigned after he voluntarily declares his resignation for some reason.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, how are you? Could you explain what has happened today?

Probably, someone wants to be indulged in wishful thinking. They want me to resign. But I did not make any official statement or sign any papers on this matter. I work as the President of FIDE. The next election will be in September 2018 and we shall see the result. I cannot tell whether I would apply or not yet; we still have another year and a half.

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