Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sends best wishes to Vladimir Kramnik on his birthday

June 25 marks the 45th birthday of the 14th world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik. The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent him best wishes:

“Happy birthday, dear Vladimir.  You are the greatest chess player and my friend. I wish you all the best!
You have achieved everything a chess player can dream of after becoming the world champion. As the sixth president of FIDE, I am grateful to you for agreeing to a unifying match. Thus, despite all the troubles, the chess world has become one again.


I bow to you for this. And so do the millions of chess players and fans of this sport. You do a lot of work with young people, and I hope that you will raise a new champion. Bless you!"