Ilyumzhinov Closes the Casablanca Memorial

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Cuba on June 25, where he took part in the closing ceremony of the anniversary 50th Casablanca Memorial held in the famous Habana Libre Hotel, the venue of 1966 the World Chess Olympiad.
The Memorial closed with the victory of the Chinese GM Yu Yangyi. Prizewinners of the tournament, who also received awards from Ilyumzhinov, were the chess players from Russia and Ukraine Dmitry Andreikin Paul Eljanov.
Before the ceremony, the head of FIDE, met with the president of the National Institute (the Minister) of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Antonio Eduardo Becali. An active exchange of views on various aspects of bilateral cooperation took place.

For example, the attention of the Cuban side was drown to the possibility of training the chess players in the Russian universities under the quota of FIDE. The role of the Cuban chess in the development of the ancient game in the local region and on the whole continent was also highlighted. At the end of the meeting, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented the Kalmyk chess set to the Minister.
The head of FIDE also held talks with the president of the Chess Federation of Cuba Silvino Garcia Martinez and the Secretary General Perez Serafin.
Incidentally, the cancellation of the unique postage stamp dedicated to the Casablanca Memorial took place during the closing ceremony. Moreover, the first cancellation was made by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Toward the close of the event, the festive concert took place in honour of the participants and guests of this unforgettable chess event.