The Head of FIDE Congratulates Vasily Filipenko

Dear Vasily Aleksandrovich! I cordially congratulate you on your birthday!

Consistently implementing the transformation of the capital of Yugra into the capital of world chess, you have been supporting the initiatives of FIDE for organization of major international tournaments in Khanty-Mansiysk all these years. Due to this, the city, that you are successfully heading, became famous among the many millions of the chess community.

I wish that your optimism and vitality would never fail you and your life would be filled with bright events and joyous accomplishments. Happiness, luck and prosperity to you and your family!

Yours faithfully,
President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov