The World Chess Olympiad ended in Batumi, Georgia. This is a prestigious team competition, which takes place every two years.

The Uzbekistan men's national team, having scored six victories in 11 rounds, suffered two defeats and finished three games in a draw eventually taking the 16th place. The result is not bad at all, although, according to Uzbek chess players, there were periods when the national team performed better, winning top prizes.

The members of the Uzbekistan national team along with ex-world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, young chess players Nodirbek Yakubboev and Nodirbek Abdusattorov showed themselves very well. Yakubboev, for example, not only finished second but also became an international grandmaster.

On 23 August, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Dharamsala, India. On the same day, the head of FIDE and Shadzhin-Lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche met with the head of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay. Lobsang Sangay is a very respected and well-known person - he is a lawyer, scientist, public and political figure.

On 8 May, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the head of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay signed a cooperation agreement providing for joint activities to implement the FIDE Chess in Schools programme, as well as organizing various chess competitions in Dharamsala.

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.

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