FIDE Head arrives in London and Wales on a working visit

At the invitation of head of the Tamil community of Great Britain Mathan S Raja, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Wales on November 15. In Welsh capital Cardiff, Ilyumzhinov took part in the "peaceful march" from a World Harmony Peace statue to Mahatma Gandhi statue and also met with representatives of chess community, children and their parents from various parts of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Then he visited Cardiff centre, where the chess tournament was held. There Ilyumzhinov played a friendly game with the local strongest player. He visited autism centre, where the chess club began functioning.

On the same day, a meeting was held with President of the Welsh Chess Federation Bill Harley. Both discussed the pressing problems of chess development. Further, head of FIDE visited the Welsh Parliament. FIDE President noted the unique architecture of the building and the fact that anyone can attend Parliament debates.
There head of FIDE met with a great fan of chess and prominent businessman Ahmed Salahuddin. His company is known for the construction of the tallest building in Dubai -- Burj Khalifa.
Further, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited London, where he held a number of business meetings. In particular, Ilyumzhinov met with head of the Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov, with whom he discussed the work of a chess club at the Mission and the possibility of sending students to study in Russian universities.
Head of FIDE also visited the Russian embassy. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented the Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko a chess set: pieces, a board and an electronic clock.
During the visit to London, Ilyumzhinov met with head of the Golden Unicorn Awards. As we have already mentioned, head of FIDE joined the jury of this award. This festival will be held in London.