A most interesting initiative was made by Ukrainian chess players. On 7 July, an unusual event was held in the central square of Kaniv, a city located in the Cherkasy province. The residents and guests of Kaniv took part in a new chess game, which they called "MASS CHESS".
Not only local residents who came to the square could join this game, but also anyone from different regions of Ukraine using on-line apps. Using their mobile phones or computers, players made moves and the move, which gained most votes, was automatically reproduced on a chessboard screen in the centre of Kaniv.

On 14 May, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew in to Tashkent. On this day, FIDE President met with the Tax Committee Interim Chairman Bekhzod Musaev, Zonal President Hassan Turdaliev and Vice-President of the Chess Federation, Education Minister of Uzbekistan Ulugbek Inoyatov.

Additionally, meetings with the Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Uzbekistan Azim Ahmedkhadzhayev and the Chairman of the State Tax Committee of Uzbekistan Bekhzod Musaev were held.

On March 22, the Rosgvardia Chess Championship ended in the independent operational purpose division named after Felix Dzerzhinsky in Balashikha near Moscow. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a welcoming speech at the closing ceremony and awarding the championship winners.

13 teams, representing the central apparatus, districts and military institutions of the Russian National Guard, joined the tournament. Also participating in the championship were servicemen of the independent operational purpose division and students of the Sholokhov Moscow Presidential Cadet School.

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.

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