The event was also attended by the Chairman of the Lokomotiv Voluntary Sports Society Ilya Vdovin; Deputy Head of the Moscow Railway Sergey Chernogaev; Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhov; Deputy Head of the Department of Social Development of the Russian Railways Yulia Bragina, and the Director of the Theatre and Concert Hall of CHCR Vlada Veligodskaya.
"We are much pleased that exactly 50 years ago UNESCO declared July 20 as the International Day of Chess. Today, FIDE is one of the most powerful and influential sports federations, whose members include 188 countries. Chess is recognized by the IOC and we look forward to the inclusion of it in the Olympic programme. We are proud of the fact that chess is the only sport that was declared as an official international day by the UN. I congratulate all lovers of chess on this significant occasion", said Ilyumzhinov in his welcome speech.
Afterwards, the Russian grandmaster Vladimir Potkin gave a simultaneous chess game, while Moscow Chess Federation held a tournament in the Marble Hall. More than 40 participants were presented with the chess books. The children, who did not participate in the tournament, watched the chess tutorial animated cartoon in the Hall of Mirrors.
Incidentally, taking this opportunity, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov invited Boris Spassky to take part in the match for the World Champion title, which would be held in New York in November 2016. In his turn, the ex-champion thanked Ilyumzhinov for the invitation and said that he would be happy to be there to represent himself and his friend Bobby Fischer.