Head of FIDE Congratulates Grandmaster Lev Alburt on his 70th Birthday

Dear Lev Osipovich!
Your masterly aptitude for the ancient game of chess combined with the ability to play with maximum efficiency has turned every intellectual competition into a real feast for chess fans.
A talented instructor and teacher, you have raised a galaxy of outstanding players.  Your research, development and guidelines are widely used in schools around the world, as are the teaching aids for the promotion of FIDE’s program "Chess in Schools". It is imperative that you continue to work with the young and generously share your knowledge and invaluable experience with them.  Being such a great teacher, you may be assured that all your wards will occupy a worthy place in the world history of chess.

I heartily congratulate you on your 70th birthday!  I sincerely wish you good health, happiness, prosperity and success in your multifaceted activities!


 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,
 President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)