Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates Vladimir Kramnik

The 14th World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik turned 44 years old on 25 June. The sixth FIDE President congratulated the outstanding chess player on his birthday. The greeting reads as follows:

“Dear Vladimir Borisovich! Please accept my sincere congratulations on your birthday! You are one of the few champions who have achieved the title of the best chess player in the world. I seriously consider you one of the best chess players of our time.


There were many bright moments in your sports chess career. Your skill and will to win will always serve as an example for the younger generation of chess players.

You have devoted your whole life to chess; you have always been dedicated to this noble game, and you have made a significant contribution to the promotion and development of the world chess.
May your life always be filled with respect and support of friends, warmth and love of loved ones. With all my heart, I would like to wish you, dear Vladimir Borisovich, happiness, well-being, and good health to you and your family! ”