The founder and editor-in-chief of the "64 Chess Review" magazine Alexander Roshal passed away on May 21, 2007. On the anniversary of his death, relatives, friends and colleagues of Alexander Borisovich came to Vostryakovskoe cemetery in Moscow and laid flowers to his grave.

Memories of an outstanding journalist and public figure were shared by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky, publisher of "64" Igor Burstein and others.

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.

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.

I would like to congratulate all Buddhist believers on the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni! It was on this sacred day, in 623 BC, that the Buddha was born. And today we not only rejoice at the wonderful deeds of the great Teacher, but also try to follow his example by doing good deeds.

Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help us all to find happiness and get rid of adversity. On the same day, he attained Enlightenment and went to Parinirvana at the age of 80.

Dear veterans and workers in the rear! Please accept my warmest and most heartfelt congratulations on our most sacred holiday — Victory Day!

Today is a great holiday for our people and the entire Russian land. We are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the victory over fascist Germany. Despite the fact that this significant day goes farther back in the years, it has a huge historical significance for our country.

On May 8, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in the capital of the Sultanate of Oman Muscat, where he held talks with the leadership of the chess federation of the country and discussed the topical issues of the development and promotion of chess.

Later, FIDE President took part in the solemn opening ceremony of the chess championship among schoolchildren and afterwards, together with the organizers of the event, attended the tournament hall, where he watched the game with interest.

On May 4, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on a working visit, where he held talks with the President of the Asian Chess Federation Sheikh Nahyan.

The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The parties, in particular, discussed the development of promising chess projects in Asian countries, having come to a full mutual understanding on the main issues.

On April 29, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Vietnam on a business trip. The head of FIDE met with representatives of Vietnam business in Hanoi. The meeting was held in a warm and constructive atmosphere.

After the talks, Ilyumzhinov played chess with a young Vietnamese chess player. In memory of the game, which ended in a draw, FIDE president presented the girl with chess set.

The President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, said that stability and confidence in having the right to life is the source of happiness of people.

"The major level of happiness is stability and the right to life. Recently, we saw more than 100 armed conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya and explosions in St. Petersburg.

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