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.

On July 7, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Jerusalem, where he held talks with the leaders of Israel Chess Federation and joined the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah 2017 Games.

FIDE President made a welcoming speech and attended the tournament hall. After the official part, at a press conference, he presented the project of building a chess academy in Jerusalem.

On July 6, the third stage of FIDE Grand Prix series started in Geneva. The opening ceremony was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer, Head of the Swiss Chess Federation Peter Wyss, and President of the Zurich Chess Club Christian Issler.

Peter Wyss made the first move of the tournament in the game between Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Li Chao (China) in the presence of Ilyumzhinov and other honoured guests.

On June 26, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Khanty-Mansiysk. Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Yugra Natalia Komarova met FIDE President at the airport. Issues of development of chess in the region and preparation for new major competitions were discussed during the meeting. "A Team Championship is a significant event. Everyone is satisfied and everything is at a high level. Khanty-Mansiysk is a sign of quality," Ilyumzhinov stressed.

On June 22, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in Riga with the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Karlis Sadurskis and the Minister of Finance of Latvia GM Dana Reizniece-Ozola.

The zonal President, the head of the Latvian Chess Federation Aris Ozolinsh also took part in the meeting. The parties, in particular, discussed the possible implementation of the "Chess in Schools" programme in Latvia.

On June 17-18, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Samarkand during a trip to Uzbekistan. He was accompanied by Azerbaijani Ambassador Huseyn Guliyev, head of the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan Vasif Talibov and vice-president of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Husan Turdialiyev.

On the first day, FIDE President and Vasif Talibov visited the cemetery, where the first President of the country Islam Karimov was buried, and laid a funeral wreath.

On June 16, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Tashkent where he spoke at the opening ceremony of the Central Asia Championship.

Also at the ceremony were First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Iskandar Juraev, Zonal President of FIDE, First Vice President of Uzbekistan Chess Federation Husan Turdialiev, Vice Presidents of Chess Federation Bakhodir Umurzakov and Tursunali Kuziev, Director of a Chess School Kamil Sindarov and others.

On June 13, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the reception in honour of Russia Day with the Russian Ambassador to Great Britain Alexander Yakovenko.

The social event was also attended by editor-in-chief of radio station Echo of Moscow Alexey Venediktov, head of the "What? Where? When?" London club Dmitry Belitsky, director of the First Russian School in Belfast Elena Geddis, head of the Chingiz Aitmatov Academy in London Rahima Abduvalieva and other guests.

On June 10, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov attended the opening ceremony of Zone 4.3 Chess Championship in Livingston, accompanied by the continental President of FIDE Lewis Nkube and Zone President Kezzie Msukwa.

Also the head of FIDE spoke at a press conference in front of local and foreign journalists. After the official part, he made the first move in the tournament and briefly watched the exciting game.

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