On May 23, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in London. FIDE President expressed his condolences to families of victims for the terrorist attack in Manchester and then visited the British Chess Academy, where he met with members of the children's chess teams.

Incidentally, one of these teams will play at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Minsk in the beginning of June, and for the first time in history, another one will take part in the international tournament "White Rook" in Sochi.

On May 16, FIDE head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid a visit to Chisinau, where he met with Moldovan President Igor Dodon. The parties discussed the development of chess in the country as well as possibility of holding the 2022 World Chess Olympiad in the capital of the Republic of Moldova.

Further, both presidents congratulated the young master of sport of FIDE, a resident of Chisinau Andrei Makovey, who recently won the gold medal of the World Chess Championship among schoolchildren under 17 in Iasi (Romania).

On May 14, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the head of the Republic of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov during the third round of the World Chess Grand Prix in Moscow.

Yevkurov, who had highly appreciated the organization of the event, said that Ingushetia was ready to host the next Contenders Tournament or any part of the FIDE Grand Prix. Furthermore, measures to develop and popularize chess in the region were discussed.

On May 11, the second part of the FIDE Grand Prix series – a part of the 2017-2018 Championship cycle – started in the old mansion on Malaya Ordynka street in Moscow.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE Vice-President Israel Gelfer, PhosAgro Board Chairman Andrei Guriev, a member of the EG Capital Partners Supervisory Board Mikhail Kasumov and one of the managers of Kaspersky Lab Mikhail Zemskov spoke at the opening ceremony.
Also at the event were the World Blitz Champion Sergei Karyakin, member of the Federation Council of Russia Belan Hamchiev, State Duma deputy Alikhan Kharsiev, show business stars and other guests.

Yesterday Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid an official visit to the Sultanate of Oman, which lasted two days.

On May 8, FIDE President had an audience with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Dr Hamoud Al Harthy. As a result of the talks, the Omani side announced its intention to introduce universal chess education in all schools of the country, so that the Sultanate could serve as a good example for the Persian Gulf states.

On May 3, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took part in the opening ceremony of the Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2017 dedicated to the memory of Heydar Aliyev. In particular, FIDE President presented the diploma of the international organizer to the mayor of Nakhichevan Vugar Safarov, and also met with the head of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic Vasif Talibov, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Azad Ragimov and the Vice-President of the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan, Mair Mammadov.

On April 27, the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts opened an exhibition called Live Life at the Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery.

The exhibition was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva as well as Azerbaijani Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Education Mikayil Jabbarov, Executive Director of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alekperov, Chairman of the Union of Russian Artists Tahir Salahov and representatives of Moscow's creative intelligentsia.

On April 21, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Noting the high level of organization of the super tournament Shamkir Chess 2017 that was dedicated to the memory of the international GM Vugar Gashimov, the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that the holding such prestigious tournaments represents the Azerbaijan's contribution to the further expansion of international cooperation in sports, which is also important for the development of the regional tourism.

On April 12, the opening ceremony of the 6th Zurich Chess Challenge tournament was held at the Savoy Baur en Ville Hotel in Zurich. This year it is dedicated to the memory of the chess legend Viktor Korchnoi.

After a minute of silence, the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, chess patron Oleg Skvortsov, 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, head of the Swiss Chess Federation Peter Vis, former Vice-Champion of the World Ian Timman and GM Gennadi Sosonko addressed the audience.

On April 6 to 9, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid a visit to Turkmenistan at the invitation of the Chairman of the State Sports Committee Toyli Komekov.

On April 6, FIDE President became a guest of the chess academy in Ashgabat, which is the largest in the world. There are two tournament halls for 200 and for 100 players, 25 training and 10 computer classes, cafe, chess accessories shop, library, grand masters rooms for analysis of games, museum, and the office of the Chess Federation of Turkmenistan.

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