Celebration of the International Chess Day

The past week will be remembered by chess players and fans of the ancient game by the International Chess Day festivities celebrated on July 20. They began to celebrate it back on July 18 with the First Turgenev Chess Tournament in Spassky-Lutovinovo. Later, on July 19, the Crimean Chess Federation annually celebrates its professional holiday with sports competitions of various kinds.

As we already reported, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited both Spassky-Lutovinovo and Crimea. The Russian Chess Federation reported:
“On July 18, the museum-estate Spasskoye-Lutovinovo held a holiday of International Chess Day. The blitz tournament, attended by 52 chess players took place at the Oryol Region.


After the ceremony of awarding the winners and the participants of the simultaneous game and Valery Chekhov analysed Turgenev's game. Later, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave a lecture.

Sergei Stupin, director of the Spasskoye-Lutovinovo estate museum, noted that it is planned to make such an event traditional. Ivan Turgenev is considered the best chess player among writers and the best writer among chess players. The chess festival in Turgenev's homeland is an excellent event that provides a connection between times and generations.
The following is an excerpt from an article published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta: “Sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov assures that such a beautiful reserve is the best place for great chess competitions. During the pandemic, according to Ilyumzhinov, the world began to go a little crazy: in Australia, Croatia, they started thinking about racial discrimination in chess - why does White always go first in chess? The French suggest switching to pink and blue instead of black and white chess pieces. But the FIDE veteran assured: he hopes that chess is an intelligent game, and in the end, will help to increase the number of sane people in the world.
After that,  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov  went to Crimea; they expected him to come to Evpatoria. The website of the Russian Chess Federation wrote:
“On July 19-20, sixth President of the World Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Crimea to congratulate the players and guests of the peninsula on the International Chess Day. On the eve of the holiday, Ilyumzhinov visited Evpatoria - traditionally the main centre of chess events. The leading chess players of Crimea were congratulated and awarded by honorary guests: the Minister of Sports of the Republic of Crimea Olga Torubarova, mayor of Evpatoria Roman Tikhonchuk,  sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and many others. The promising young chess players of the peninsula Niyara Markosyants and Matfei Yurasov had a unique opportunity to play a game with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Later, the “Tournament of Masters” started and an international grandmaster Yuri Hayrapetyan won. Here, on the SuperAqua beach, 20 years later, Nikolai Papenin, Yuri Airapetyan and Alexander Truskavetsky - participants of the World Youth Chess Olympiad, organized by Ilyumzhinov  in 1999 and 2000 in Artek-  met with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
The ingenuity of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov immediately showed itself: he proposed to create a new kind of game, so-called "beach chess" and he immediately started to implement it, having played a game of chess with the world drafts champion Sergei Belosheev.
In the chess pavilions on Tereshkova embankment, the guest of honour met with young chess players and chess fans. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told them about how FIDE started the celebration of the International Chess Day. He recalled his visits to Crimea and congratulated all those present on the holiday. Those who gathered were able to talk to him, take pictures and get his autographs. In turn, the former FIDE President learned about young chess players’ dreams and goals.
On July 20, on the International Chess Day, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the city of Russian glory, Sevastopol. The visit to the hero-city became very productive: meetings were held with the chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol Vladimir Nemtsev, Deputy Governor Olga Timofeyeva, other representatives of local authorities and the chess leadership of the city.
The chess community of the peninsula expresses its gratitude to Kirsan Nikolaevich Ilyumzhinov for a great holiday that they will remember forever!