Sunday, 28 December 2008 21:46
Saturday, 27 December 2008
FIDE PRESIDENT KIRSAN ILYUMZHINOV HOLDS ONLINE CONFERENCE WITH TOP WORLD GRAND MASTERS
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held an online conference with the top World Chess Grand Masters in Elista, Russia. He thanked them and their representatives for their contribution to a fruitful online discussion regarding the World Chess Championship Cycle.The World Champion Anand Vishwanathan, Grand Masters Veselin Topalov, Vasily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen (represented by his father Henrik) and Levon Aronian explained their views to the FIDE Officials present which included FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Deputy President George Makropoulos, Vice President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE Commercial Director & Global Chess CEO Geoffrey Borg and PA to FIDE President Berik Balgabaev.
The meeting lasted more than an hour and different opinions, suggestions, recommendations and constructive criticism was made by the players. FIDE President said that he would take the views of the players to the Presidential Board to be held in mid-March 2009 in Budapest where they will be reviewed closely.
The context of the meeting in detail with full text reports for FIDE President and from Mr Henrik Carlsen (kindly sent to us also electronically) and edited versions of FIDE Deputy President Makropoulos, GMs Anand, Topalov, Ivanchuk and Aronian will be reproduced tomorrow.