Ilyumzhinov: "Spassky is a unique person"

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, we know that you are very fond of Boris Spassky...

- I have very good relations with him. I have always tried to help him whenever I could. I presented him with the luxury house in Elista, which he had loved to visit.
Spassky is a unique person. Unfortunately, the stroke knocked down the Champion in 2010. And then there was a dark story of escape from France. Do you remember that press wrote a lot how his spouse treated Boris Vasilyevich badly and how he pined for Russia, believing that the native land would cure him?

- And was he cured?
- When Spassky left Paris without documents and with adventures in detective genre, we tried to help him with his recovery. He feels better now although he has to use the invalid carriage.
However, Boris still is the guest of many chess tournaments. During the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin last year, Spassky watched the premiere of the American thriller ‘Pawn Sacrifice’. It is the Hollywood film about the famous Fischer - Spassky match at the World Championship in Reykjavik in 1972.