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.

Among the tasks that I, as Vice President of the International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG), have to solve the most important is the further development of our sport and attracting the new followers and adherents.

Like many other sports federations, including FIDE, we aim at uniting, or rather, synthesizing different sports. Thus, we have already decided to take parkour under our wing.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov set himself the grandiose task: to teach one billion people to play chess until 2020.

"In contrast to Western liberal economic theory, I came to the conclusion: why do we need a ‘golden billion’? We need to educate the ‘smart billion’ of people, whose formula in life is like in chess: first think then make a move. Likewise, in politics: first think about it and then put a signature on it," FIDE president said on the air to Tsargrad TV Channel.

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.

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