Posts Tagged ‘Damascus’

Working trips of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov On 23 of October the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (First President of Kalmykia) had a working visit to Dubai.

The FIDE President billionaire Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (First President of Kalmykia) had a meeting with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. A chess development in the country was discussed during the meeting. A special attention was paid to the introduction of chess to the school curriculum.

On the same day FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov left for Damascus Read the rest of this entry »

The Chessman Cometh

The Chessman Cometh [ En | Ru ]

An interview with globe-trotting chess promoter, former president, and freelance diplomat Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov garners an awful lot of press for the president of the World Chess Federation. But he’s not exactly your average chess buff. From 1993 to 2010, he was president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia and became known for his efforts to transform the remote Buddhist region into an international chess mecca as well as for his frank comments about an encounter with aliens he claims to have had in 1997. (He was also widely criticized for his autocratic rule over the impoverished republic.) Read the rest of this entry »