FIDE’s President Arrives in Mongolia

On August 19, the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Ulan Bator for the opening ceremony of the World Children’s Chess Olympiad.  Thirty-four teams have already registered as participants.  Their age limit is 16 years.

In addition to the Olympic Games, a number of events, related to chess, will take place in the capital of Mongolia- the tournament, ‘Mongolia Open’; seminars for the coaches and arbiters; the ‘Chess in Schools’ committee meeting; the Chess Problem Solving competition  and the Operating of Electronic Chess Clocks training course. 
At the airport, named after Genghis Khan, the guest of honour was welcomed by the Mongolian President of the Chess Federation, Tserendorj Sainbayar and the first Mongolian cosmonaut, Jugderdemidiin Gurragcha.

After a meeting with Mongolian writers, Ilyumzhinov held talks with the Mongolian Minister of Sports and Health, Gankhuyag Shiilegdamba, mentioning that FIDE had previously held one of the stages of Women's Grand Prix in Ulan Bator in 2010.  Last year Ilyumzhinov visited the Chess Festival "9999" in the province of Zavkhan, attended by more than 10,000 school students (this event is currently under registration for the Guinness Book of Records).
FIDE President thanked the Mongolian government for their support in the ‘Chess in Schools’ project. An allocation of 70million Tughriks was set aside for the project.  He also stressed that the first Mongolian students, within the FIDE quota, are currently enrolled in Russian universities for the study of chess expertise. 
exchanged gifts, the head of FIDE and the Mongolian Minister gave a joint