FIDE president continues to receive letters from different places of our vast country. People express their support to FIDE head. The other day, a letter came from the public of the Karamzin House of Art that is located in the Garage village of the Tver region. The letter says:
"I am 83 years old. I am a fan of chess and have been playing it in amateur status for more than 60 years while studying, serving in the army and living in the countryside. Thus, I have the right to judge the influence of sports officials on the accessibility of chess as a sport and possibility to simply play it anywhere.

Today’s opening of the research institute "Chess" in Khachatur Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan is a turning point in the development of the chess movement, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told journalists in Yerevan on February 9.

"This is the world's first research institute that will clarify how chess affects the development and progress of an individual, how chess will help develop personality and intellectual potential," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

Visit to Ulyanovsk of the first Kalmykia President and the long-term head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov began early in the morning at the Barataevsky airport, where he flew a charter flight together with other high-ranking participants of the New Cooperation forum.

The elder colleague was met by the chairman of the Ulyanovsk Region Chess Federation Gennady Budarin, who became his companion and a guide to local attractions for a whole day. Kirsan Nikolayevich visited our city for the first time, but he has been acquainted with governor Sergey Morozov for many years and even hosted him in erected in Elista Chess City. Almost immediately the guest expressed his main desire related to our city – to visit the house in which Lenin was born and grew up. The young pioneer activist dreamt about it from the first grade.

I see that interest in chess is growing every year. And I believe that this is due to the efforts of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In all of history, it has not been possible to find someone who organized as many events, attracted so many people to chess.

One example is the ‘Chess in Schools’ programme. It started in Kalmykia, when Ilyumzhinov introduced chess in all schools of the republic.

Under his leadership, FIDE has been actively developing this programme for all these years. This has already become a world trend -- chess is introduced into school education in China, the

A statement supporting Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy for FIDE Presidency issued by Afghanistan Chess Federation was received by Ilyumzhinov in Moscow.

The statement reads in part: "The Afghanistan Chess Federation has been informed that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is running for FIDE Presidency in upcoming FIDE election in Batumi, Georgia 2018.

"2018 is the year of presidents election: the Russian Chess Federation, the Russian Federation, the International Chess Federation," Russian grandmaster Vasily Papin writes on his website. "And only one person will participate in two election campaigns -- the Russian Chess Federation and FIDE. This is Kirsan Nikolaevich Ilyumzhinov, who has been permanently at the helm of FIDE since 1995 and whose main task is promotion and development of chess.

Describing the match for the chess crown between Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and Russian Sergey Karyakin, held in New York in November 2016, one of the American magazines did not regret paints to describe the intense attention with which thousands of spectators watched the game. Besides, the magazine did not forget to mention that decent money, even by the standards of far more spectacular sports, was at stake and that the leading chess players generally earn amounts with five or six zeros.

"The decision to run for presidency of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) is caused by the desire to make a difference for the better," the candidate for post of head of the federation, ex-president of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Selivanov told RIA Novosti.

"I decided to be nominated to the presidency of the Russian Chess Federation as it is time for changes in Russian chess," Selivanov said on the phone. "This is also due to the fact that the RCF does not nominate Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as President of FIDE. It would have been a logical move but, instead, there is some kind of fuss for some reason. It is absurd that we have reached the point that Russia does not have its own candidates and does not support the acting head of FIDE."

President of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Vice President of Uzbekistan Chess Federation Husan Turdialiyev made a trip to Afghanistan to give impetus to the development of this sport in the neighbouring country.

A correspondent of Uzbekistan Today met with H. Turdialiev and asked him to tell more about this visit.

We remember that in October this year the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva stated that chess classes will be mandatory in the primary classes in the next two years.

Head of the ministry linked this innovation with the need to improve the quality of education. According to the Minister, this programme will be built in such a way that any teacher, regardless of age, will be able to teach children to play chess on the basis of methodical recommendations.

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