Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates Vasily Ivanchuk

The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated one of the world's strongest chess players, Vasily Ivanchuk, on his birthday. The greeting reads as follows:

“I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations on the 50th anniversary of Vasily Mikhailovich Ivanchuk – the great Ukrainian chess player, whose outstanding creative contribution to the history and development of world chess has yet to be appreciated. Your extraordinary talent and dedication to chess impress many people in the world. There are no indifferent people left. Chess players and lovers of the ancient game admire the power of your skill.


I wish you good luck, health, new creative and sporting success! Happy anniversary!"

Editors’ note. On 18 March, a Soviet and Ukrainian chess player, grandmaster, and one of the strongest chess players in the world, Vasily Ivanchuk celebrated his 50th anniversary. Below is the list of his winnings.
Winner of the Second World Team Championship in the USSR team (1989). The winner of the Fifth World Team Championship in the Ukrainian team (2001). European Champion 2004. FIDE World Championship finalist 2001-2002. Four-time winner of the World Chess Olympiad: twice as a member of the USSR team (1988,1990) and twice as a member of the Ukrainian team (2004, 2010). Challenger for the World Chess Championship. World Blitz Champion (2007). World Champion in rapid chess (2016).