FIDE head visits "New cooperation" forum in Ulyanovsk

A solemn signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports of Ulyanovsk region and the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in the Russian Federation was also held at "New Cooperation" forum.

"Agreement on the development and promotion of chess between FIDE and Centrosoyuz was signed last year. Today we signed a memorandum, according to which close cooperation will be established between the Ulyanovsk region, Ministry of Sport and International Chess Federation. Our organization will render support by providing methodological aids and textbooks, conducting seminars and tournaments and training coachers. It is necessary that chess should be included in schools schedule as a mandatory subject and on an optional basis as soon as possible," the President of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

"I thank the leadership of the Central Union of Consumer Societies of Russia in the person of its chairman Dmitry Lvovich Zubov for the invitation to participate in the forum. FIDE’s goal is popularization of chess; we set the task to increase the number of people playing this ancient game to one billion. About 600 million people play chess now. Owing to today's forum the number of this game’s fans will grow.

I will deliver a lecture in Ulyanovsk today and will tell you how chess helps in our lives. There will be children, coaches, chess players and parents at the meeting. Chess classes are organized in the schools of Ulyanovsk region. Many Ulyanovsk residents actively participate in "White Rook", in children's tournaments and championships in Russia. They show excellent results.

Previously, 1 million 200 thousand roubles were allocated from budget for development of chess sport. Today, this amount turned out to be 10 times less. In the near future, support will be provided again from the government and from other organizations. We would like to revive this sport in the Ulyanovsk region", FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

"When I was the President of Kalmykia, I primarily paid attention to consumer cooperation. I believe that development of any state and its economy is impossible without cooperation. Movement, successful development and victory are possible in cooperation only. Those, who underestimate the development of the cooperative movement, find themselves in the backyard. All the major countries, including Japan with its automotive and electronics giants, work in cooperation. In Germany, cooperatives produce more than half of what is totally produced there. In the USSR, the share of cooperation was also significant. I hope that the new leadership of Centrosoyuz will make sure that cooperation takes a worthy place in our economy again," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov commented.

In addition, FIDE President delivered a lecture to forum participants, spiking about achievements of the federation, his activities as president and why chess is so useful for people and society.

"I, as the President of FIDE, visit many countries and continents. I see that there are many conflicts and unresolved problems in the world. Chess can change the world for the better. Playing chess improves child’s memory. When child calculates next move it activates brain’s left hemisphere, which is responsible for clear logic. You need to calculate a few moves ahead and turn on the spatial imagination before you decide to make a move. As a result, the right hemisphere, which is responsible for creativity, abstraction and imagination, is involved. A child who plays chess uses two hemispheres. Today, chess is the only kind of game that simultaneously develops both the left and right hemispheres. Children who start playing chess begin to show better results in their studies," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

A chess tournament was also held as part of the forum. It was attended by 50 players from Chuvashia, Tatarstan, Tomsk, Leningrad, Chelyabinsk, Sverdlovsk and Ulyanovsk regions.  

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the house-museum of Vladimir Lenin in Ulyanovsk and admired the Ulyanov family chess set, which was made by Lenin’s father, Ilya Nikolayevich Ulyanov. Also, FIDE head’s daydream shared by every Soviet schoolchild – becoming a pioneer in the homeland of Lenin – came true during the visit. The Ulyanovsk region governor Sergey Morozov personally tied a pioneer tie on Ilyumzhinov.  

I dreamed about it since school – I was a very ideological pioneer, commander of "Zvezdochka" and chairman of the Young Pioneer squad. Lenin has always been an idol of mine and still is. Incidentally, I did not leave the party – I keep a Party membership card at home and I'm still a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Although I would never have joined the Russian Federation Communist Party – it's a different matter," FIDE President noted.