President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov called the sanctions policy an obstacle to progress.

"The policy of sanctions is a stone-age relic. Such restrictions lead nowhere in today's world where multinational companies operate and information is delivered instantly. On the example of North Korea, it is clear that sanctions mean not only interference in the affairs of other states but also in private life. This is a violation of the fundamental principles of democracy. I consider sanctions a relic of the past. And they will never contribute to the progress of mankind," stressed Ilyumzhinov.

The number of people playing chess worldwide is constantly increasing and is approaching 650 million, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

"Four years ago, at our request, an English company conducted a study on number of people playing chess in the world. It turned to be 600 million. We will conduct another study soon but it is certain that the number of chess players has increased by millions over the year," Ilyumzhinov said.

The editorial office of website received a letter from our friend -- international grandmaster, three-time champion of Ukraine and the US Lev Albert.

"I was very glad to learn about the recent meeting between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Russian president in Sochi. It's nice that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is interested in chess; and I'm sure, Kirsan Nikolayevich could take credit for that," wrote the famous chess player.

Mongolia will claim to host the World Chess Olympiad. This was announced by President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

"I met with the newly elected President Khlatmaaglin Battulga. We decided that Mongolia will participate in tender to hold the Olympics in 2022. Moreover, the country has experience of organizing major chess competitions," Ilyumzhinov said.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov shared his opinion about Garry Kasparov’s return to chess with reporters.

"When Garry told me that he was leaving chess, I tried to persuade him to stay. There was no reason to do so while he was still the 13th World Champion. But he had made up his mind. Then, as you remember, he took an active interest in politics. I support him warmly now because he is a famous player and our task is to popularize chess," said FIDE President.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov highly appreciated the Confederations Cup that ended in Russia on July 2, stressing that the excitement around the main football event of the year was felt in Costa Rica, where he was on a working visit at the time.

"Congratulations to the Russian colleagues -- organizers of the tournament -- with success! Excellent work!" wrote FIDE President on his page in Twitter.

For the first time in history, the women's national chess team of Russia won the World Team Championship held in Khanty-Mansiysk. The men's national team got silver medals. The International Chess Federation (FIDE) decided to hold the women's and men's championships simultaneously for the first time. As the president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said, this idea proved to be right.

In the near future, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov intends to discuss the integration of chess into the school curriculum with the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva.

"On June 22, I was on a visit to Latvia and we agreed with Minister of Education Karlis Sadurskis that chess will be a mandatory subject in the country's schools starting from 2018. The introduction of chess into educational system is also making steady progress in Russia," Ilyumzhinov said.

The Central Asia Championship held in Tashkent entered the decisive stage. Recall that this qualifying tournament will define participants of the Men’s World Chess Cup and winner of the Women's World Championship.

"Uzbekistan is one of the countries where chess develops dynamically. Uzbek athletes achieve significant results at prestigious world class competitions," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

On June 15, Moldovan President Igor Dodon reported on the work done during his tenure as the head of Moldovan Chess Federation at the meeting of its presidium.

"Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Moldova three times in a few months of 2017. FIDE President supports the promotion of chess in our country including financial aid. He also helped in the opening of hundreds of chess classes," Dodon noted.

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