On 25 August FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Mongolia on an official working visit.
Within the framework of his visit, the FIDE President met Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the President of the Mongolian People's Republic. They discussed the issues of chess development in the country as well as the progress of the "Chess Academy" construction project in Ulan Bator.
During the meeting special attention was paid to the realization of the FIDE programme "Chess in Schools".
The Mongolian leader expressed high appreciation of Ilyumzhinov's contribution to chess development in Mongolia and in the world.
The FIDE President in his turn heartily thanked the Mongolian President for the attention he pays to chess development in Mongolia. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov emphasized the willingness of the World Chess Federation to render all possible assistance to chess development in the country.
At the conclusion of the meeting Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj read out a decree, awarding the FIDE President with the Jubilee Medal dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the revolution in Mongolia, for his eminent contribution to chess development in Mongolia.
President of Mongolia awarded FIDE President with the Jubilee Medal dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the revolution in Mongolia
Mr. Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj with the FIDE President
On 26 August FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had a meeting with Mr. Sukhbaataryn Batbold, the Prime Minister of Mongolia. They discussed the questions of chess development in the country as well as the cooperation between the Mongolian government and FIDE in realization of the programme "Chess in schools". In particular, it was noted that a project of chess inclusion to the curriculum of comprehensive schools of Mongolia has been prepared and it is planned to realize it in the nearest future.
At the same day Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Mr. Gombosurengiin Munkhbayar, Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city. The topic of negotiations was the cooperation between the World Chess Federation and Mayor's office on the organization of an important international tournament in the Mongolian capital as well as the construction of the International Chess Academy.
At the end of the meeting Mr. Munkhbayar awarded FIDE President with the "Honorary Citizenship" of Ulanbaatar city for his inestimable contribution to chess development in Mongolia and consolidation of fraternal friendship between Kalmyk and Mongolian people.
Mr. Sukhbaataryn Batbold, the Prime Minister of Mongolia
Mr. Munkhbayar awarded FIDE President with the "Honorary Citizenship" of Ulanbaatar city