On August 29, the "Chess education in schools: tasks and development prospects" round table was held in the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.

Opening the event, Chairperson of Commission of the Russian Federation on social policy, labour relations and interaction with Trade Unions and support for veterans Natalia Pochinok called chess an idea that could unite future engineers, doctors and humanitarian workers from early years.

On August 29, GM Sergei Karyakin played a simul with talented children from foster families at the Ostankino television center in Moscow.

The simul was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the world’s oldest chess player Yuri Averbakh, 10th world champion Boris Spassky, head of ROC Alexander Zhukov, representative of "Change One Life" Fund Yana Leonova and 4-year-old chess player Misha Osipov.

On August 21, the Sports and Recreation Minister of Zimbabwe Makhosini Hlongwane hosted a reception in honour of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is on a working visit to Harare.

The ceremony was also attended by Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Mbwembwe, President of the African Chess Confederation (ACC) Lewis Nkube and leaders of chess federations participating in the African School Chess Championship.

On August 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov delivered a parting word at the ceremony of seeing off the youth team of Botswana to the Interschool African Championship, which began in Harare (Zimbabwe) a day later.

Also in the ceremony were Mayor Gaborone Kagiso Calvin Thutlwe, the Russian grandmaster and the coach of the team Nikolai Chadaev, head of the Chess Federation of Botswana Motokomedi Tabano and other officials.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Minister of Education of Botswana, the Honorable Unity Dow.

The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Grace Muzila, Assistant to the Minister Charles Mothabane, Charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Alexander Anoshkin, President of Botswana Chess Federation Mothokomedi Thabano, Vice President of BSF Tiroyamodimo Roger, President of the Sports Association of Primary Schools Busang Sengweni.

On August 17, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held talks with the chief executive director of Botswana National Sports Council of Falcon Sedimo discussing the possibility of holding an international chess tournament in this South African country.

Then FIDE president agreed with the charge d'affaires of the embassy of the Russian Federation Alexander Anoshkin that Chess Federation of Botswana will annually send a group of students to study in Russia.

In Ryazan, the Children's Development Centre "New Horizons" is getting ready for opening. The finishing of walls, floors and ceilings is being carried out at full speed. The next step will be the installation of furniture and educational equipment. In addition, the educational literature and equipment, which are necessary for the full operation of the center, are being speedily purchased.

The official opening of the center is scheduled for September 1. Moreover, the children’s registration for training and familiarization classes is already under way. Children will be taught to play chess in the "New Horizons" centre.

Several days passed after the International Chess Festival Astana Open 2017, which has already become traditional, was completed. Among its numerous participants there were both old-timers and those who participated and visited Astana for the first time.

The main Russian chess traveller GM Vasily Papin tells us about the tournament in Astana. The beautiful southern city Alma Ata was the capital of Kazakhstan for many years. But times have changed and the legendary city of Tselinograd of the northern regional centre became the capital of Republic. It was renamed to Astana and presently acquired a new super modern image.

On July 20, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a working visit to Astana. First, he visited Dinara Saduakassova Chess Academy, where he played several friendly games with young fans of the ancient game.

Then, FIDE President took part in the opening ceremony of the Central Chess Club of Kazakh capital and wrote a memorable note on its wall. After that, he opened the Astana Open 2017 Chess Festival, delivered a welcome speech and made the first move of the tournament.

On July 14, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is on a working visit to Ulaanbaatar, visited a chess club of the Chess Federation of Mongolia where he played several friendly games with young students.

Then FIDE president met with the 1st deputy chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament of the country) Sanjmyatav and discussed the issue of supporting the ‘Chess in Schools’ programme.

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