On May 24, the FIDE President arrived in Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the chess community, answered numerous questions and played a blitz game against the participants of the children’s tournament. FIDE President also met with the Puerto Rico Chess Federation Executive board members. The both sides discussed the perspectives of chess development in the country, implementation of the Chess in schools programme and the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Puerto Rico Chess Federation in November this year. It was noted that there is a great demand for conducting Arbiters’ and Trainers’ seminars including the seminars via internet. The meeting with chess community was also attended by the Continental President for Americas Mr. Jorge Vega.
Meeting the chess community of San Juan
The FIDE President delivering his speech
The Continental President for Americas Mr. Jorge Vega
FIDE President playing against a 14-year-old Danitza Vazquez Maccarini, who won the game
With the tournament participants
With the President of Puerto Rico CF Mr. Cristobal Vega (right) and the Vice President of the federation Mr. Ismael Soto (left)
Meeting with the members of Puerto Rico Chess Federation