Ilyumzhinov congratulates Karpov on jubilee

Dear Anatoly Evgenyevich! With all my heart, I congratulate you on your 65th anniversary. You are known and loved by millions of people not only in our country but also abroad.

You are one of the greatest chess players of the world, and I am sincerely proud of friendship with you. Thanks to your talent, dedication and a fantastic performance, you became the 12th World Champion and the winner of the most prestigious international competitions.

I am glad that you are doing a lot to promote chess in the different countries and open chess schools in the Russian cities these days.
Let me wish you good health, success, happiness and prosperity on your birthday!

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov