On 10 October, a letter from FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer arrived at Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's Moscow office. The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Kirsan,
We  have  just  concluded  the  FIDE  congress,  starting  a  new  era  in  FIDE,  with  the  hope that  it  will  be  a  positive   time  for  our  organization.
We  have  all  read  your  letter  to  all  delegates,  which  was  very  impressive.

On 4 October, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov addressed the delegates of the 89th FIDE Congress. The address reads as follows:

Dear delegates of the 89th FIDE Congress! Colleagues! Friends! 
I congratulate Arkady Dvorkovich on his victory in FIDE presidential election. I would like to thank you, the delegates of the Congress and all the national federations, for this choice.

I wish all the success to all of you, who will continue to develop and popularize the ancient game along with the new leader. Chess is the best that humanity has. I am sure that our most important dream – one billion people playing chess – will come true. I would like to thank you for your trust that allowed me to win against the most serious rivals in elections.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated Arkady Dvorkovich on his victory in the election of a new president of federation. Elections were held in Batumi, Georgia on 3 October. The full text of letter is below:
“Dear Arkady Vladimirovich, I sincerely congratulate you on a convincing victory in the elections! I am sincerely glad that a Russian was re-elected FIDE president. I am proud that another Russian headed one of the largest federations in the world.
Arkady Vladimirovich, I am convinced that you have done much to win. You have visited many countries, visited all continents and made changes in your team. You deserve this victory.


On 30 September, the head of FIDE received an invitation to visit the Ngawang Riglam La’s Moscow Buddhist Centre. On this day, Consecration of Green Tara and the prayer service Mandal Shiva were held at the centre.
After the service, parishioners of the Ngawang Riglam La’s Moscow Buddhist Centre and the venerable clerics asked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to tell about a meeting with 14th Dalai Lama.
The story of a meeting with His Holiness smoothly turned into a lively conversation. Kirsan Nikolaevich answered the parishioners' questions and shared his plans. He told about Kalmykia, which, as everyone understood, Ilyumzhinov remembers with unfailing love.

20 years ago, the General Assembly of the International Chess Federation unanimously approved Elista as the venue for the 33rd World Chess Olympiad. This decision necessitated the construction of the Olympic village. Later, after the decision was made to hold the 1997 World Championship in Elista, the Chess City was built.
No wonder they say that after this Olympiad Kalmykia discovered the world and the world discovered Kalmykia. The Chess city, which became the centre of international chess tournaments, was built on the initiative of ex-President of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Last Friday, on 21 September 21, the people and the Communist Party of Vietnam experienced a heavy loss. President of the country, 62 years old Chiang Dai Kuang died after a serious illness in Hanoi. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a letter of condolences to his Vietnamese friends. The full text of the letter is below:
"Vietnam and Russia are linked by long-standing historical friendship, and Chiang Dai Kuang made a significant contribution to its strengthening and development. His visit to Moscow in June 2017 opened new prospects for Russian-Vietnamese cooperation.

On 20 September, the honorary Certificate of Gratitude from Ukrainian chess fans was delivered to the Moscow office of FIDE President. Its wording is as follows: "For the active participation in organizing the game MASS CHESS - Battle for Cherkassy and setting of the National Record of Ukraine."

On 15 September, as we reported earlier, a collective chess online game "Battle for the City" (Mass Chess) took place in Cherkassy during the celebration of the Day of the City.

On 18 -20 September, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was on a private visit to Dubai, UAE, where the presentation of film project about Bruce Lee "He is Back" was held.

During the visit, the head of FIDE met with Thai princess Rajadarasri Jayankura, sheikh Nahyan and talked with the film crew.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov got familiarized himself with the film scenario about the famous actor, populariser and reformer of Chinese martial arts, stage director and philosopher.

A new national record of the most massive simultaneous game of online chess on a single board was set in Cherkassy. It happened during the celebration of 172th anniversary of the founding of the city. According to experts, this is a unique achievement and has no analogues in the world. FIDE Head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed congratulations to the participants: "Ukraine is rightfully considered a chess state with deep traditions. Chess is loved and appreciated there. I am sincerely glad that this Mass Chess tournament was held in Ukraine. Please accept my sincere congratulations to the participants, guests and organizers of this mass game."

On 8 September, the head of FIDE visited the Moscow Chess Blitz Championship timed to the Moscow City Day. The championship was held in Techno Mall Gorbushkin Dvor. Twenty chess players fought for the title of Champion of Moscow and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was among spectators.

Ilyumzhinov ironically remarked: "There were complaints that the weather was a little bit hot. You cannot please chess players: it was cold when they played in the rain and, now they do not like it hot. Well, let's hope that the next championships will be held in ideal conditions."

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