On February 8, Ilyumzhinov visited Ulyanovsk for the first time, arriving at the "New Cooperation" forum. FIDE head came from Tel Aviv, where he negotiated the organization of a tournament between Jewish and Palestinian schoolchildren. The same evening, he flew to Yerevan from Ulyanovsk to open the chess academy. After that he flew to the Arab Emirates to the Asian chess congress and from there he went to London – the schedule is crazy!
For many, the visit of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Ulyanovsk was unexpected. Meanwhile, he not only congratulated the chess tournament winners, but together with the head of the Ulyanovsk region chess federation Gennady Baradin made an interesting lecture.