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.

Babak Jafaripur is called a living legend. Thousands of people dream of getting to see him. Babak Jafaripur came to Moscow from Iran. He does not speak Russian at all. Therefore, his assistant and interpreter Reza Norollahi is always next to him. It is not easy to make an appointment with Babak Jafaripur; his days are fully scheduled for months ahead.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov showed him pictures of Vanga. According to Ilyumzhinov, a force similar to that of the Bulgarian clairvoyant is also found in the Iranian healer.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Turkmenistan last week. Summing up the visit, FIDE President gave a comment to one of the Ashgabat websites.

"I congratulate all the Turkmen people on the opening of the beautiful sports complex in Avaza and the forthcoming 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, in which chess will be presented. The President of your country pays much attention to the development of sports including chess," Ilyumzhinov said.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of the International Chess Federation told Izvestia newspaper that

the appointment of Sergei Karyakin, the world chess ex-champion as a member of the Public Chamber will contribute to the popularization of the intellectual game. "It's very good when a chess player participates in various public organizations and foundations. This contributes to the popularization and development of chess. We remember that at one time both Kasparov and Karpov were members of the Central Committee of the Komsomol.

The coach of the Ukrainian team "Prykarpattya", famous football player of the past Vladimir Kovalyuk gave an interview on the eve of his 45th birthday. Incidentally, the sportsman answered the question if he knew Kirsan Ilyumzhinov personally when he played in the "Uralan" team.

"I was his favourite. We Ukrainians did not know where we were going to when we departed to Kalmykia. We thought that there was a small town but found ourselves in the steppe. But there was no way out because the contracts had already been signed. However, by and by we got used to it. I played as the left midfielder," Kovalyuk said.

A match between the Chinese World Chess Champion Tan Zhongyi and her compatriot Jiu Wenjun, who won the Grand Prix series, can be held in Singapore or Hong Kong. It was announced by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
"It is still unknown where the match will be held. We shall start considering it next week. Perhaps, it would take place as the Men’s Championship – in Asia. Maybe in Singapore or Hong Kong," suggested the President of FIDE.

The Women's World Chess Championship in Tehran was colourful because the players played in headscarves. Such an opinion was expressed by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

"In the beginning some criticized that rule but after a while everybody got used to it, and chess players put on a new headscarf every day. It adds colour. I noted that the tournament was organized at a high level. Everything was perfect: meals, accommodation for players and competition ambiance," said the President of FIDE.

Ilyumzhinov’ project – "Chess in Schools" is supported in Plavsk (Tula region).

"There is a positive experience of teaching chess in nine regions of the Russian Federation. If we replace, for example, every third lesson of physical education by chess that would give children with disabilities an opportunity to develop themselves," said the head of chess club of the Children's Art House Avetis Avetisyan.

As we already reported, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave an exclusive interview to the regional branch of All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company during his working visit to the Tula region.

He spoke with the well-known reporter Alexandr Konov about the ways to replace the children’s addiction to computers with love for chess, the prospects for participation of chess players in Olympics, the match for the title of world champion and commented on a few other pressing issues.

It is necessary to revive the popular chess programmes in Russia, told Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

"In the past, during the Soviet period, the main channel of the country showed chess programmes every Thursday from 16:00 to 16:20. Today, TV cannot find even a single minute for the world's most intelligent game. Everything depends on us. We would develop if the major channels would dedicate to chess at least 15 minutes a day," said the president of FIDE.

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