Ilyumzhinov Remembers His Chess Youth

The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told reporters about the importance of the international status of the tournament among the school teams ‘The White Rook’ opened in Dagomys on 1st of June.

– “I myself took part in this tournament when I was in school, the captain of Kalmykia team, played in Ryazan and Togliatti back in 1975 and 1976”, shared his memories Ilyumzhinov.

– As a result, the ‘White Rook’ had helped me to become not just a chess player but the chess organizer.  By the way, the President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov himself has participated in this Championship.  ‘The White Rook’ has a long tradition.  It is good that the tournament does still exist, continues its development and has become an international event”, said the head of FIDE.