Head of FIDE congratulates chess players on International Chess Day

Dear friends! From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate all of you with the main holiday of chess players of the world -- International Chess Day!

Chess is an amazing combination of sports, games, science and art. It is the most effective means of not only mental development but also moral education. Chess teaches the ability to handle any situation and instils a sense of responsibility for the decision taken.

I wish all chess players and fans of the ancient game success in all life undertakings, good health, great victories and big achievements!
We are one family!

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