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.

On November 25, the Golden Unicorn Award ceremony will be held at the Langham banquet hall in London. It is believed that this ceremony will make the western public pay attention to the best Russian films, familiarize it with foreign films about Russia and assess the cross cultural mission of Russian Film Week.

Foreign films about Russia are viewed by a separate Russian jury, which includes Viasat World CEO Irina Gofman, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and others.

On November 8, head of FIDE arrived in Tel-Aviv. There he met with the leaders of Israel Chess Federation. The meeting was attended by President of Federation Zvika Barkai, Federation Chairman Theodore Or, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer, ICF Vice President Frank Haggai, President of ICF Moshe Slav, Vice President Ellie Nacht and International Arbiter Edael Stepak. A stimulating exchange of views on various issues of chess life took place. Possible projects of bilateral cooperation were discussed.

On November 4, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Tunisia, where he held a number of important negotiations. FIDE President met with the Minister of Youth and Sports Mrs Majdouline Cherni. Head of FIDE told about the main activities of the international chess federation and the plans for the future. The parties discussed issues of possible bilateral cooperation including attracting investments in sports tourism in this Mediterranean country.

On November 2, Ilyumzhinov met in Moscow with a delegation of South Korea Chess Federation led by Ms Hyun In Suk. The parties discussed issues of mutual interest. The visitors said the purpose of their visit is to establish partnerships with Russian universities in support of chess development programme. The delegation visited and conducted negotiations with the leadership of the Russian State Social University and the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sports, Youth and Tourism.

On November 30, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Tehran. The second Paytakht Cup International Chess Festival was held in the capital of Iran. It was attended by 430 players from 16 countries. According to the participants, this event has given a great impetus in the popularization and development of chess in Asia and around the world.

On October 29, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at the invitation of Doctor of Medicine Musa Abidov, visited the medical centre in the resort town of Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia and with interest familiarised himself with the latest achievements and discoveries in medicine and pharmacology.

The owner of the centre is a native of Russia, an outstanding scientist Musa Abidov. After a warm conversation on a variety of subjects, FIDE President and Professor Abidov played a friendly chess game.

On October 24, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the famous resort town of Rogaska Slatina, where he held talks with the President of the Chess Federation of Slovenia Tomaz Subotic, discussing the development of chess.

Also, head of FIDE met with FIDE Vice-President, Chairman of the Appeals Committee Boris Kutin, having talked with him about organization of major chess competitions.

On October 22, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is on an unofficial visit to Ljubljana, met with a Russian businessman and the leader of "Revival" public movement Alexander Chukhlebov.

The parties discussed issues of business cooperation related to promising business projects. Also, at the request of his interlocutor, FIDE President shared his vision of the political situation in Russia and in the world.

Today, on October 16, a press conference of President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will be held in the central office of Interfax news agency (Moscow, 1-st Tverskaya-Yamskaya, 2) at 13:00. Theme: "The situation around the election of head of FIDE".

Media accreditation should be made by phone: +7 (495) 223-66-99 (and is completed an hour before the event).

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