The head of FIDE visits the Tula region

On February 21, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a working trip to the Tula region. He visited the 51-th Parachute Regiment and Tula Suvorov Military School where he played chess with the students. Incidentally, two natives of Kalmykia are the students of this School.

Later FIDE President visited the Tula 106th Guards Airborne Division of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, where he and the Divisional Commander, Major-General Pavel Kirsi put flowers at the memorial to the fallen soldiers.

The next event was a visit to the Tula branch of All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company. TV channel staff arranged a tour for Ilyumzhinov and later Kirsan Nikolaevich gave an exclusive interview. He spoke with Alexandr Konov about the ways to replace the children’s addiction to computers with love for chess, the prospects for participation of chess players in Olympics and the match for the title of world champion. (The full version of the interview will be shown on the channel "Russia" in the "Events of the week" show on Sunday at 10.20).
The visit included a business meeting with Tula Region Governor Alexei Dyumin, which was also attended by the Deputy Chairman of the regional government -- Minister of Youth Policy Julia Veprintseva, Minister of Education Oksana Ostashko, Chairman of Sport Committee Dmitry Yakovlev, Head of the FIDE office in Russia Berwick Balgabaev, director of the "Chess in schools" foundation Nikita Kim and President of the Tula Regional Chess Federation Viktor Aleksashin.
"We strive to make a variety of sports available to all of our citizens regardless of their age and fitness. We support your initiative. Now 24 educational institutions are ready to participate in the pilot project," said the Governor. Furthermore, he suggested the possibility of inclusion of chess in the programme of events of "Summer in the parks" project.
Ilyumzhinov thanked the Governor for his support and noted that the project "Chess in Schools" is already being implemented in a number of subjects of the Russian Federation including Kalmykia, Tatarstan, Chechnya, the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, Moscow, Tomsk, Moscow and Pskov region.
The head of FIDE expressed willingness to assist the training of chess teachers online. In addition, he provided the region with a quota for the annual participation of one local student in the World Youth Chess Championship.
At the end of the visit, Ilyumzhinov spoke to the teachers of educational institutions. According to him, chess lessons in participating in the project schools will be carried out outside normal working hours. Its implementation will start in the coming months, and the increase of the number of participating in the project schools is expected in the new school year.
"Chess is the most accessible sport that does not require major monetary investments. There is no need to build stadiums, buy players and pay billions of dollars in salary in order to play chess. Chess teaches how to think first and then do something. Therefore, if all the officials were playing chess, they would have made much less errors," said the head of FIDE.