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.

On July 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Russia Igor Petrishenko in Moscow. The parties discussed the development of mutually beneficial cooperation.

FIDE president also inspected the exhibition "Family and art -- the art of family". He was accompanied by adviser-envoy of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Russian Federation Yuri Yaroshevich, sculptor Natalia Opiok and painter Alexei Parfyonov.

On July 17, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in Moscow with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to Russia Alfonso López Caballero, having discussed with him his forthcoming visit to this Latin American country.

FIDE president also talked with the adviser to the ambassador and a great chess lover Giovanni Gillen. By the way, the promotion of FIDE programme "Chess in schools" will be the main issue on the agenda of the visit scheduled for August.

On July 13, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who arrived in Ulaanbaatar, attended an audience with the elected President of Mongolia Khlatmaaglin Battulga, wished him success in high office and discussed issues of cooperation with FIDE.

Also, head of FIDE held talks with the leadership of Mongolian Chess Federation, met with the State Oracle of Tibet Thupten Ngodrup and attended a prayer in the main Buddhist temple of Mongolia "Gandan".

Dear Natalia Vladimirovna! I express my gratitude for the organizing and holding of the World Team Championships 2017.

For the first time, two such magnificent events in the chess world took place simultaneously. Executive management of the organizing committee, represented by UgraMegaSport, proved once again that it is ready to hold tournaments of any level.

Dear Andrei Anatolyevich! On July 1, 2017, there were two remarkable events which you supported and participated in Opochka in Pskov region.

The first of them is naming the gymnasium of Opochka after Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov – the theorist of chess, the author of the first Russian textbook of the chess and one of the strongest chess players of the world in the first half of the 19th century. This decision, taken by local authorities, can be called unique.

On July 4, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who was visiting San Jose, attended an audience with Chargé d'Affaires of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Costa Rica Sergey Leontiev.

Later, FIDE president met with founder and leader of the ruling Citizen’s Action Party, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica Otton Solis after which he was photographed with participants and guests of the Pan-American Children's Chess Championship in memory.

As part of the working visit to Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District -- Yugra, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Deputy Governor Vsevolod Koltsov and Director of the Department of Education and Youth Policy Alexey Drenin. The parties discussed further introduction of chess general education in the region.

Today, we also publish new photos of the team championships’ closing ceremony that was attended by FIDE President in Khanty-Mansiysk.

After completing his visit to Africa, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in London where he met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Great Britain Alexander Yakovenko on the evening of June 12.

FIDE President left a note in the book of honorable guests, warmly congratulated the Ambassador on Russia Day and presented him with a valuable gift -- a chess kit of a member of the British royal family David Armstrong-Jones.

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