On 25 October 2012 the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Sofia on a working visit. There he had meetings with the Bulgarian Parliament members and with the leadership of the Bulgarian Chess Federation.
A chess development in the country was discussed during the meeting of the FIDE President with Georgi Parvanov, the leader of Socialist Party and ex-President of Bulgaria. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov warmly thanked Mr. Parvanov for the support and attention which has been paid by him to chess development in Bulgaria. Such support helped Bulgaria to strengthen its positions in the chess world and to lead the Bulgarian chess school to the front lines. They also discussed the possibility of Bulgarian Parliament to consider a question on the government support to the children's chess, particularly, chess implementation to the school curriculum.
Later Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is planning to visit a premiere of a new documentary feature "Bobby Fischer Against the World" dedicated to the 11th World Chess Champion Robert James Fischer.
Georgi Parvanov, leader of Socialist Party and ex-President of Bulgaria