On September 14, in Moscow, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with head of Yakutia Yegor Borisov discussing issues of bilateral cooperation including the expansion of "Chess in schools" programme.

Also, the FIDE President presented training and methodological kit for 1-4 grades of primary school published by "Prosveshcheniye" holding. It includes a textbook of chess, a workbook and a manual for the teacher.

On September 12, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held talks with Deputy Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia J.Yadamsuren. The parties discussed various business issues including the development of chess in this Central Asian country.

After the official part, the friendly meeting, which began in the Moscow office of FIDE, continued outdoors -- in one of the picturesque places of the Moscow region.

On September, 2 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who arrived in Tbilisi on a working visit, met with the chairman of the political party "Georgian Idea" Levan Chachua with whom FIDE President had long-standing friendly and partnership relations.

Also, head of FIDE spoke warmly with prominent Georgian scientists, activists and ordinary members of the party, after which he took a souvenir photo with them.

On August 30, a working meeting between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov was held in Moscow.

The parties discussed aspects of cooperation in the development and popularization of chess. It includes the introduction of chess programme in subordinate educational establishments, the attraction of foreign students to the training of chess in Russian universities and other initiatives.

Dear Alexey Gennadievich! Let me sincerely congratulate you on your birthday!

The power of the country has always depended not so much on its economic and military potential but on loyal to the Fatherland statesmen, who are working for its interests and for the benefit of citizens. No one can doubt the great future of our country and the prosperity of its people as long as there are people like you in the Russian government.

On August 20, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Harare where he met with the Vice President and Acting President of Zimbabwe Phelekezela Mphoko. The parties discussed the opportunities for the development of chess in the country. Then Ilyumzhinov awarded Mr. Mphoko with the Golden Sign of FIDE for his attention to the development of chess.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane, the continental president of Africa Lewis Nkub and the Russian ambassador to Zimbabwe Sergei Bakharev.

On August 16, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is on a business trip to Gaborone, held talks with the Minister of Education and Professional Development of the Republic of Botswana Unity Dow discussing the development of the project "Chess in Schools".

The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Grace Musila, head of the chess federation of the country Motokomedi Tabano, charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Alexander Anoshkin and other officials.

On July 25, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva at the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia. The main topic for discussion was the study of chess in Russian schools.

Opening the meeting, Vasilyeva said that the study of chess in schools should become mandatory – at extracurricular activities and elective courses – with the essential methodological support for teachers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has every chance to take up this post again.

On July 21, during a survey of projects of participants of the Sirius Educational Centre in Sochi, Putin had a brief talk with Ilyumzhinov (chess is one of the subjects taught). Here we present a transcript of the conversation published on the website of the President of the Russian Federation.

Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich. I congratulate you and all chess players with all my heart on the International Chess Day! Having won the hearts of peoples back in ancient times, chess is still the most mass intellectual sport that unites people of the world.

I would like to especially note your successful activity in development and popularization of chess, thanks to which children and adults join in this ancient game that develops scientific thinking, creativity and an acute and inquisitive mind.

Page 1 of 8