Visit of the FIDE President H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Iran. Meetings and photos
Monday, 26 June 2006 00:00
In the frames of the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2006 where the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov takes part in Tehran, Iran, His Excellency hold several meetings (with National Olympic Committee, Iran Chess Federation, Minister of Physical development of Iran) to discuss different issues on chess development in Iran and further mutual collaboration between FIDE, Republic of Kalmykia and Islamic Republic of Iran. Read more and see photos.
FIDE President, President of the Republic of Kalmykia H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had the meeting with the Vice President of Islamic Republic of Iran, Minister of Physical Development of Iran Mr. Mohammad Ali Abadi.
The questions of mutual future cooperation between Republic of Kalmykia, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the sphere of economics, culture and sport were discussed.
In particular, the chess development in Iran became the important issue of the meeting. According to Mr. Abadi’s words, chess popularization and development are of a great interest for the Iranian government. The considerable part of Iranian citizens is the youth up to 20 years old. This fact pushes forward the Iranian government to draw special attention to the physical and intellectual development of the Iranian youth. Mr. Abadi underlined that chess is exactly the game that will help to achieve these goals.
In this connection significant part of the conversation was devoted to the discussion on the chess program “Chess in School” to be introduced in Iran as well as the inclusion of chess in the compulsory school program. In the conclusion, Mr. Abadi expressed the interest of Iranian government to found the International Chess Center in Tehran in order to hold regular chess tournaments of different levels. It is worth to mention that in 2002 the World Chess Championship Final Match Vishy Anand vs. Alexey Shirov took place in Tehran.
At the meeting with the Iranian Chess Federation authorities, with its President Mr. Maddahi the following figures were said: before 1995 (before the year Ilyumzhinov was elected as FIDE President) there were only 20 chess players in Iran. For the moment there are more than 400 FIDE Rated Iranian chess players, 5 International Grandmasters, 20 International Arbiters. Chess centers are opened in all 30 provinces of Iran.
As the conclusion of the Meeting, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Iran Chess Federation Mr. Maddahi had the Friendship Chess Match on the Art Chess Board.
On 24 June the meeting with the President of the Iranian National Olympic Committee Mr. Garakhanlu and Ex-President of Islamic Republic of Iran Mr. Ravsandjani was held.