On February 6, FIDE President arrived in Tel Aviv. Ilyumzhinov was invited to take part in the celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Incidentally, as part of the festive events dedicated to that significant date, world champions Garry Kasparov and Vichy Anand will give a simultaneous game session on May 1.

Ilyumzhinov, who has long been working on organizing a "peace match" between a thousand young Israeli chess players and their Palestinian peers, is going to coordinate the time, place and other details of the tournament. According to FIDE head, this most peaceful match in history could take place right on the separation barrier between the conflicting parties, embodying the slogan "Chess instead of Kalashnikovs ".

Continuing his trip to the African continent, FIDE President arrived in Sudan on January 23. Here he held a number of working meetings with leaders of various ministries of this country. This is the second visit of Ilyumzhinov to Khartoum in a short period.

The Minister for Youth and Sport Dr Abdel Karim Musa Abdel Karim shared with FIDE head his impressions about his recent stay in Russia at the Sochi festival of youth and students in the autumn of 2017. He announced his readiness to assist the Ministry to create a chess centre.

On December 14, in Moscow, President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with head of Chechnya, Hero of Russia Ramzan Kadyrov and State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov.

As you know, Ramzan Kadyrov is President of Chess Federation of the North Caucasus Federal District. They love and know how to play chess in Chechnya. That's why Ramzan Kadyrov, besides practicing power sports, pays attention to the ancient game on daily basis.

On December 13, at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Sports Mirwais Bahavi, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov offered to launch a pilot project "Chess in schools" in private schools. Both parties inspected the land for construction of a chess centre.

Ilyumzhinov agreed on his next visit to sign a document on cooperation in anti-drug prevention through chess with the head of department for combating drug trafficking Colonel Nezamuddin Bahavi -- a graduate of the Volgograd School of Militia.

On December 12, FIDE President arrived in Kabul. There, he met with President of the National Chess Federation Almas Zahid Haji Mohammad, who is senior advisor and special envoy to President on national coordination affairs.

Almas Zahid Haji Mohammad congratulated Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and all residents of Kalmykia on a New Year -- Zul holiday. He also thanked the guest for coming to Afghanistan at such a difficult time.

On November 19, names of the winners of the All-Russian Student Chess Tournament "KalmykChess", organized by the Kalmyk State University named after B. Gorodovikov, were announced.

About 100 students of Russia's universities – from Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Maykop, Krasnodar, Astrakhan, Nalchik, Saratov, Chelyabinsk, Yaroslavl, Petrozavodsk and Kazan – came to the capital of Kalmykia. 15 student teams competed for the title of the best ones in the chess battles that went for three days from November 16 to 19.

The collective chess tournament between the students of Cherkassy National University named after B. Khmelnitsky and Cherkassy State Technological University was held on November 28. About 70 students from leading universities of the city took part in intellectual competitions. The students of CNU won the tournament with black. The teams were located in their universities but the opponents watched each other in a live stream on YouTube. The game was held online using special program. Each player’s smartphone or laptop displayed a chess board.

Every team had 30 seconds to make a move. Within that time the players moved pieces, thereby casting a vote in favour of their version of the move. After that, the program summed up the results and chose the most popular variant of the move. This move was considered final.

On November 21, FIDE President met with head of China-Republic of Korea Friendship Association Mr Khan Kyu Kim in the Association office in Seoul. The full name of the Association -- "21st Century Korea and China - Society of Leaders" -- says about the importance of these relations. It is led by former head of President Kim Young-sam administration, an experienced politician Mr Khan Kyu Kim.

It should be noted that Mr Kim, as chairman of Korean-Soviet friendship society, visited our country many times and together with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made many efforts to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. Mr Kim and President of FIDE exchanged views on the history of bilateral cooperation and assessed the current events of world politics.

At the invitation of head of the Tamil community of Great Britain Mathan S Raja, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Wales on November 15. In Welsh capital Cardiff, Ilyumzhinov took part in the "peaceful march" from a World Harmony Peace statue to Mahatma Gandhi statue and also met with representatives of chess community, children and their parents from various parts of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Then he visited Cardiff centre, where the chess tournament was held. There Ilyumzhinov played a friendly game with the local strongest player. He visited autism centre, where the chess club began functioning.

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