- Does politics interfere with chess often?

You can recall the fight between Bobby Fisher, who was the personification of capitalism, and a representative of communist ideology Boris Spassky. It was supposed to show if capitalists were smarter then communists. And from recent history, you can recall Saddam Hussein. In 1996, he proposed to hold the World Championship in Baghdad and was ready to provide a prize fund. Exactly at that time, the match between Anatoly Karpov and Gata Kamsky was suspended. Karpov agreed to go to Baghdad and Kamsky was willing to play, but the Americans said he would be in trouble if he went to Iraq. Sanctions against Iraq were already in force.

Sudanese authorities will start training chess in the country’s kindergartens and schools in September. Arrangements were made on this score between Sudan government and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. One of the goals of the new project is prevention of religious radicalism in the youth Muslim milieu.
FIDE President arrived in Sudan from Tunis in the morning of January 23. "During the talks with Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Abdul Karim Musa, we discussed the project of building a national chess academy in Khartoum," Ilyumzhinov told NG. "Country's leadership showed interest in this and a plot of land is allocated in the heart of the city – in the new stadium. It’s a pleasant place close to the Nile. The Academy's construction project involves building of a modern tournament hall suited to host prestigious international competitions."

Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich,

Students and teachers of Ukrainian universities, having participated in the third Collective Chess Universiade, appreciated the great potential of this game: it allows millions of chess players to play simultaneously the game that is traditionally for two players.

Having received the necessary experience during the third Universiade, we are ready to use it for organizing a world tournament in all countries where the Federation is registered, and in those where chess fans live.

I was placed on the US Treasury’s sanctions list on November 25, 2015 without any evidence of guilt. It happened only because, due to the specifics of my work, I visit dozens of countries a year popularizing and promoting chess all over the world. I ended up under sanctions simply because I opened a chess school in Syria.
Ramzan Kadyrov is on the sanctions list for fighting terrorism. I will never believe that the US Treasury officials, who placed Ramzan Kadyrov on the "Magnitsky list", do not know that head of Chechnya unselfishly defends the right to life and that he has already saved hundreds of women and children -- victims of American policy in the Middle East. What could be more humane than working for peace and fighting terrorism?

On October 26, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had an audience with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Slovenia Doku Zavgayev.

The meeting took place in the Embassy building in Ljubljana. FIDE President spoke about the development of the Chess in Schools project, plans for reforming the chess movement, preparations for a number of major tournaments and also described the current political situation in the world.

On October 7, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov attended the Russian Energy Week International Forum, which was joined by representatives of major companies from many countries.

On the sidelines of the forum, FIDE president met with Zimbabwe's Energy Development Minister Dr Samuel Undenge, who arrived in the Russian capital on a working visit. The parties discussed issues of economic cooperation.

On October 6, the 4th International Forum of MGIMO Alumni was held in the Palace of Independence in Astana.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov and other officials, who came from different countries, took part in the event.

On October 5, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Astana (Republic of Kazakhstan) to participate in the 4th International Forum of MGIMO graduates, which will open today.

During the visit, FIDE President met with Chairman of the Senate of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, MGIMO rector Anatoly Torkunov and adviser-envoy of the Russian Embassy in Kazakhstan, his fellow student Alexander Musienko.

On October 2 in Moscow, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held talks with the Minister of Education of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Vladimir Egorov, discussing introduction of chess in the curriculum of general educational institutions.

Following the meeting, a regional roadmap for "Chess in schools" project was adopted. After the official part, FIDE president and the Yakut minister played a friendly game of chess.

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.

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