Ilyumzhinov congratulates Spassky on his jubilee

Dear Boris! On behalf of the International Chess Federation, millions of your fans from all corners of the globe, and from me personally, please accept the most sincere congratulations on your 80th birthday.

I consider being acquainted with you to be a great success in my life, and I remember our many meetings with great warmth. For the entire chess community - and not only for it - you are a model of decency and nobility.

Your professionalism, integrity, competence, high performance, persistence in achieving your goals, modesty, generosity, sparkling sense of humour, gentleman's attitude towards opponents - all these and many other qualities of character always enhance your prestige.
Thanks to you, the entire world discovered chess after the legendary "match of the century" with Bobby Fischer in 1972. To this day, you gladly pass your rich life experience to the younger generation.
Thanks to your support and efforts, the Children and Youth Chess School works in city of Satka in Chelyabinsk region, which has been a chess mecca of the Urals Federal District for more than 10 years. Hundreds of children from an ordinary Russian province are introduced to the wonderful world of chess.
In joining all the kind words and wishes that are expressed to you on this wonderful day, I wish you, dear Boris, health, optimism, perseverance in life situations, well-being and all the best.

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov