FIDE President congratulates chess fans on New Year

I congratulate all chess fans on New Year! May the year 2018 bring you much joy and success! May all your dreams come true in the New Year! Let the year 2018 – the year of the Yellow Earth Dog – be a time of loyalty, devotion and love for each of us.

In the East they say that the year 2018 comes after two Fire years and it will be more stable than the previous ones. In addition, dog by nature is an intelligent, loyal, brave and faithful animal, but capable of rushing into a battle at any time.

So let's make it a rule to appreciate friendship and cherish love. Let joy reign in every household, and tears in the eyes of loved ones be only shed because of happiness.
With all my heart, I wish everyone good health, happiness, festive mood, peace, prosperity and success in implementing all plans!

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov