Visit of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Montenegro Print
Thursday, 10 July 2008 11:49

The Head of the Republic of Kalmykia, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Dukanovic, had a working visit to Montenegro on July 9, 2008. During the meeting, the FIDE President expressed his deepest appreciation for the invitation and said that it was his third meeting with the Head of the Government of Montenegro. Previous meetings were held in February 2004 in Kotor, Montenegro during the FIDE Presidential Board and in September 2006 in Herceg Novi during the European Youth Chess Championship 2006.

The FIDE President said that chess in Montenegro is developing dynamically; also he noted the activity of Montenegro Chess Federation. It is well known that in June 2006 at the FIDE Congress in Turin, the city of Budva candidacy was nominated for the holding of the Chess Olympiad 2010 and only in the third round was eliminated by a slender voting margin.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, on behalf of FIDE, thanked the Montenegro Government and Montenegro Chess Federation for handing in an application for the 40th Chess Olympiad and the FIDE Congress in 2012. He also noted that Montenegro will have very strong opponents - Sweden and Turkey. FIDE President requested Milo Dukanovic to consider the possibility of introducing chess into the school curriculum. The parties also discussed the possibility of establishing a Chess centre in Montenegro.

Here are some photos from the meeting:


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