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.

On November 6, head of FIDE met with the leadership of Sudan Chess Federation, led by its President Ahmed Sirr Al-Khatim. They discussed the most important problems of chess life. Both parties exchanged views on various aspects of the national chess federation activities, spoke about the progress of chess in the social life of Sudan, sending students for chess training in Russia, etc. The Sudanese party expressed its support for the candidacy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in FIDE presidential elections next year.

Late on the evening of November 4, the fifth annual chess festival of French-speaking countries ended in Hammamet. This time it gathered over 240 players from 21 countries, representatives of four continents.

For the first time, the Festival was held this year under the high patronage of the French institution for Development and Francophonie and was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Tunisian Chess Federation. For the first time ever, French-speaking Africa was widely represented in this competition.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov intends to accumulate new ideas and attract talented and successful young people to work in FIDE and develop chess. This idea was put forward by FIDE President at a press conference at Interfax news agency in Moscow on October 16.

In his opinion, not people but their ideas and programmes will compete in the head of FIDE election in 2018. A special website will be set up for this purpose.

On October, 16 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke at a press conference in Moscow. He noted that he does not intend to sue FIDE Executive Board for a statement demanding his resignation from the head of federation .

"I am categorically against going to court. There is no time for all sorts of intrigues," head of FIDE said. He also said that he appealed to US President Donald Trump with a request to protect his honour and dignity.

On September 27-29, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made an official visit to China. He, together with the famous Spanish lecturer and journalist Leontxo Garcia and ex-world champion Xie Jun, attended a seminar of FIDE Chess in Schools Commission in Chongqing.

Also, FIDE President visited the Jiangnan Primary School, where chess is included in the curriculum, and opened the International School Chess Championship.

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.

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