Head of FIDE meets with the Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov

On December 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Grozny and met with head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov. The parties discussed the introduction of elective classes in local schools.

Ramzan Kadyrov noted that chess classes will contribute to the mental development of children and their analytical thinking. He stressed that he himself often thinks over important issues while playing chess.

"I like that my sons also love chess. They picked it as subject to study at additional classes," Ramzan Kadyrov said. Head of the republic noted that there are talented chess players in the region and the task is to actively develop this sport.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that the Chess Federation he leads is recognized as the largest in the world. Now it has 188 countries as members. "Today, more than 600 million people play chess in the world. We set a goal to increase this number to one billion by 2020," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.
Ramzan Kadyrov noted Ilyumzhinov's high merit in developing the chess movement and establishment of interethnic ties.
Head of the Chechen Republic played a game of chess with Ilyumzhinov. The game ended in a friendly draw. FIDE President remarked: "Ramzan Kadyrov's ability to predict his opponent's moves was obvious."
At the end of the meeting, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented to head of the republic a gift from the friendly people of Kalmykia -- road chess set made of felt and carved bone. He has also handed Ramzan Kadyrov chess training aids for schoolchildren.