FIDE President arrives at the Asian Chess Summit in the United Arab Emirates

The Asian Chess Summit organized by Asian Chess Federation was launched in Al Ain, UAE on December 21. FIDE President, representatives of the International Chess Federation, ACF leadership, presidents, delegates and representatives of chess federations of Asia and Oceania participated in it.

Morning schedule for the first day included a chess symposium. A well-known lawyer, arbitrator of the Court Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne Dr Rashid Al-Anezi delivered a report called "Legal relations between the state and sports associations".

The next report was presented by Chairman of FIDE Arbiters Commission Takis Nikolopoulos. Journalist and blogger Peter Long from Malaysia shared his vision of the importance of media participation in chess. The organizational features of "Chess in schools" festivals were covered by President of Oman Chess Federation Laila Al Najjar.
Secretary General of Pakistan Chess Federation Muhammad Vasif Nizar spoke about the development of "Chess in schools" project in his country. Every speaker was given the opportunity to answer all questions of those present with the help of moderator – the secretary general of the Asian Chess Federation Hisham Al Taher.
Within the framework of the summit, FIDE President held a number of working meetings with representatives of Chess Federations of the Asian continent, during which the most pressing issues of chess development, topical issues and prospective projects were discussed.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also met with a living legend of chess – Grandmaster Eugenio Torre, who set a record by participating in the World Chess Olympiads 23 times.