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20th anniversary of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's Presidency in FIDE 20 years of progress

With 20 years anniversary of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s accession to the office of the FIDE President this November, 24, it is proper to recall his achievements as FIDE President, whose contribution in the history of the world chess cannot be underestimated.

When Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was elected as FIDE President in 1995, the issues he faced, had been primarily a divided chess world (after Kasparov and Short created the "Professional Chess Association" (PCA) and started to organize their own world championships), a poor FIDE chess calendar, FIDE permanent financial problems and a few major achievements are as follows.

1) Recognition of Chess as a Sport.

In 1999 the International Olympic Committee recognized FIDE as an international sports organization, confirming the fact that chess is a sport. The FIDE President's present aim is to include chess in the Winter Games and to join the family of Olympic Sports in the future and he is working hard in this direction. So far chess has been participating in continental (Asian, African), regional (Games of the Caribbean, South-East Asia), Arab Games, Universiade and Maccabi games and many others.

During the last meeting in June 2015 IOC and FIDE representatives made a decision to meet on a regular basis in order to discuss issues of mutual concern.

Chess federations are full or affiliate members recognized by the National Olympic Committees in 127 countries, and chess as a sport is recognized in 155 countries.

2) Unification of the World Chess Championship.

Since 1993 the chess world fell apart and there had been two different organizations representing chess players with two different world championship cycles and two different world champions. It was unacceptable for the image of chess and FIDE, therefore Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has done his best to unify the chess world. Over years several attempts to re-unify the world championship failed for various reasons. In 2002 the unification agreement has been signed in Prague and in 2006 a unification match between Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov was played. Since then the only chess federation representing chess players from around the world is FIDE and only FIDE has exclusive rights to organize the World Championships.

3) Stable financial situation of FIDE.

It's not a secret that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov donated millions of dollars from his own funds for chess development. He was helping chess well before he had become FIDE President, including the sponsorship of the Moscow Chess Olympiad 1994. When Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became FIDE President, there were very few events in the FIDE calendar and FIDE could hardly find sponsors for these events.
Thanks to the efforts of the FIDE President, the prize funds reached an absolutely different level. Prizes for players and stipends for principles as well as organizational costs have been increased tremendously. The FIDE President managed to attract many sponsors from around the world and at the moment, FIDE has a stable income to its budget also by introducing new events and continuously finding new organizers and sponsorship. Only in the last two years the total amount of the prize funds for the FIDE events reached approximately 10 million dollars. The FIDE budget has also increased accordingly and nearly doubled in 2014 as compared to 2008.

4) Complete FIDE calendar

The moment when Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became the FIDE President the calendar included only few events (World Chess Olympiads and World Championships). Being a huge chess supporter, numerous events were introduced by the FIDE President to the FIDE calendar not only for chess professionals but also for amateurs and young players, including absolutely new events as World School Championships, World Cup, Grand Prix series, World Rapid and Blitz Championships etc. Nowadays the FIDE calendar is full of tournaments.

5) The number of people playing chess increased more than ten times

In July 1995 there were 18162 FIDE rated players and in November 2015 the number reached 227751 players, thus, the number of active chess players increased more than 10 times in the last 20 years. In November 2015 there are 547747 registered players.
In 2010 the FIDE President announced his main target - to reach 1 billion people who can play chess. (According to a study of British company YouGov, more than 600 million people play chess in the World (March 2012)). Every year he visits many countries promoting the ‘Chess in Schools’ programme, inspiring people of all ages to play chess.
Since the FIDE President launched the knockout system a lot of players have been taking part in all knock out events during all these years. The new World Championship cycle system allowed many more chess players to make their living and benefit from chess. This was not possible before 1995, when only a dozen of top players were enjoying the advantages of elite players.

6) The FIDE family has substantially increased.

In 1995 in Paris, France 149 federations were present. In 2015 there are 186 federations members of FIDE, making FIDE one of the largest sports organizations in the world.
In 1996 during the 32nd Olympiad in Yerevan 114 teams representing 111 nations participated in the Open section and 74 teams representing 72 nations in the women’s section took part.
In 2014 in Tromso there were 177 teams from 172 countries in the open section and 136 from 131 countries in the women's section.
However, the FIDE President doesn't intend to stop at this stage: he believes all nations should join the international chess community. The main target is to achieve a significant growth in the number of people of all ages participating in chess events at all levels and to develop chess by increasing the level of tournament participation globally.

7) Development of women’s chess

The data of Elista FIDE office shows that the number of women players increased from 1650 women players in 1995 to 22046 in November 2015! The number of female players with titles was 545 in July 1995 and reached 3056 in November 2015.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is a huge supporter of women’s chess. He has done a lot to attract the sponsorship and media to the women’s chess. The current Women’s championship circle system, which includes a knockout tournament, Women Grand Prix series and the Women World Championship Match with a decent prize fund always attracts the strongest women players.

World Championship Match Sofia 2010
World Chess Championship Match, Sofia 2010

Doha Qatar 2011
Doha, Qatar 2011

Moscow 2012 World Ch Match with Vishy Anand
World Chess Championship Match, Moscow 2012

Primery school Shenzhen 2012
Primary School, Shenzhen 2012

with golden Russian Women team in Istanbul 2012
With golden Russian Women's team, Istanbul 2012

Part 02
Candidates Tournament, London 2013

Beijing 2013 GP. with Boris Gelfand Xu Yuhua and Xie Jun
Beijing 2013: GM Boris Gelfand, GM Xu Yuhua, FIDE President and GM Xie Jun

Beijing 2013
Beijing 2013

Chennai 2013 World Ch Match
World Chess Championship Match, Chennai 2013

Grand Prix Zug 2013
Grand Prix, Zug 2013

Baku 2014 Cup from Igor Lobortas
Grand Prix, Baku 2014

2014 Candidates 2014 with Vishy Anand and Natalia Komarova
Candidates Tournament, Khanty-Mansiysk 2014

Elections in Tromso 2014
Elections in Tromso 2014

Tromso 2014 after victory elections
Tromso 2014, after the victory

Tromso Olympiad closing ceremony 2014
Closing Ceremony of the Olympiad, Tromso 2014

Sochi 2014
Sochi 2014

World Rapid and Blitz Championship Dubai 2014
World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship, Dubai 2014

with Maria Muzychuk Sochi 2015
Women's World Chess Championship, Sochi 2015. Maria Muzychuk is the new Women's World Champion.

Women W Ch with Andrey Filatov and Maria Muzyhcuk 2015
Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk, Andrey Filatov and FIDE President

Bach  Kirsan
IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach, 22nd June 2015 in Lausanne

Jacques Rogge 2007
Former IOC President Mr. Jacques Rogge, 1st February 2007 in Lausanne

Samaranch  Kirsan
Former IOC President Mr. Juan Antonio Samaranch, Lausanne 1997

November 1995 Paris
GM Bachar Kouatly, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, former FIDE President Florencio Campomanes, IM Joaquim Durao

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

On behalf of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation and me personally let me extend our congratulations to you on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of your FIDE (World Chess Federation) Presidency.

The two decades of your leadership in one of the largest and most prestigious international sports federations, have been marked with a number of milestones in the planet’s chess life. Chess has been recognized as a sport in 155 countries of the world and eventually, by the International Olympic Committee. The number of chess federations in the world increased from 149 to 186 while the number of players in the rating-list has increased in 11 times.

During this period under the aegis of FIDE hundreds of the world level chess tournaments have been successfully organized with many of them hosted by our country. This has significantly reinforced Russia’s place as one of the leading world chess powers and has provided an additional impetus to the development of the progressive Russian chess school.

FIDE under your leadership has always given special attention to Russia. The number of the Russian chess players in the FIDE rating-list has been constantly increasing.

Please accept my assurances that the President of Russia follows the chess successes of our country at the international arena with interest, and greatly attends to the task of attracting our young generation to chess as chess is a brilliant educational resource and an effective tool in striving healthy life style in our society. The presence of the Russian Head of State at the finals of the All Russia Youth Tournament “White Rook” in Dagomys, June 2014, as well as the closing ceremony of the World Chess Championship match in November 2014 in the Olympic city of Sochi, proves that FIDE’s efforts to promote chess in our country are very important for us.

Let me wish you, dear Kirsan Nikolayevich, further success in your noble task for the sake of the development of chess in the entire world.

Yours sincerely,

Dmitry Peskov
Supervisory Board
Russian Chess Federation

Dear Kirsan,

I wish to extend to you heartfelt congratulations on the special occasion of your 20th anniversary as FIDE President!

During all these years you have worked restlessly towards the development of chess around the world. Your passion and commitment have brought remarkable results.

I am grateful to know you and share your love and dedication to the chess world! I wish you continued success in the years ahead!

Yours sincerely,

Georgios Makropoulos
FIDE Deputy President

Dear Mr. President !
Happy day, Kirsan !

Twenty years ago, 20 November 1995. I remember Paris. Campomanes had resigned. The General Assembly elected you FIDE President. In a first short talk on the Seine river I approached you as Continental President of Europe. You explained to me that Kalmykia, your home country, is situated on the European side of the Caspian Sea and that Kalmyks are the only Buddhist nation in Europe.

Your task was heavy. FIDE was in a crisis: financial problems, rivalries, two parallel World Championships, politics, organised oppositions. Your performance as FIDE President is highly impressive. Your tenacity, your love of the game have helped you to put the World Chess House in order, to create a new spirit of unity in FIDE.

My congratulations on this day and best wishes for good health and success in future activities !

Kurt Jungwirth
FIDE Honorary Vice President

Dear Mr. President,

Our heartiest congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your election as the President of the World Chess Federation.

You have always helped our sports society members and found appropriate solutions for chess & FIDE, whenever needed. Even while it was not your duty, you have always extended a helping hand towards the Chess Players and have acted as a pillar to maintain unity in the chess world.

We are fond to receive your selfless service for the members of our chess family and hope that you will continue justify the expectations of all the dedicated society members.

Zurab Azmaiparashvili
ECU President

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

On behalf of the Russian Chess Federation and myself please accept our congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your Presidency of the World Chess Federation.

In the last 20 years under your guidance FIDE has unitied Chess Federations of 186 countries of the world, organised a great number of tournaments and matches of top level, and confirmed the status of the most intellectual sport for chess.

One needs perserverance and total dedication in order to successfully lead such an organisation for a long period of time, to be a leader and to enjoy respect of millions of people.

For me and the Russian Chess Federation it is a special honour and pride to be able to develop chess on a national and international level together with FIDE. With our joint efforts we will be helping chess acquire a well-deserved place in sports, art and life of the people in the entire world.

Yours sincerely

Andrey Filatov
FIDE Vice President
Russian Chess Federation

Your Excellency,

As it is well known by the world chess community, since 1995 FIDE carries out its activities as one of the most respected and active sports federations in the world. Without a doubt, FIDE owes its prestige and success to your precious contributions. I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the outstanding services you have been providing to the world chess for 20 years.

I strongly believe that, owing to your continuous success and strong leadership, we will make chess the symbol of peace and unity someday in the future. In this regard, I kindly ask you to accept the 'First Day Envelope and Stamp' as a gift, which is presented to the Turkish Chess Federation by Gökyay Foundation Chess Museum. Gökyay Foundation Chess Museum is one of the largest museums in the world, which has recently been opened in October in the capital of Turkey, Ankara.

I wish the successes you have achieved due to your extraordinary talent and professional point of view, which are also approved by the whole world, to continue and I congratulate you and all FIDE employees with our best regards.

Kind Regards,
Gulkiz Tulay
FIDE Vice President
President of Turkish Chess Federation

Dear Kirsan!

On 24th November 1995, there were two World Champions, there was no World Championship cycle, there was little women’s chess, only the very few top players earned reasonable money, there was no FIDE calendar, there were only 149 Federations in FIDE, there was difficulty finding bidders for the Olympiads, FIDE was in a financial mess and chess was not recognised as a sport by the IOC. On 24th November 2015 none of this was true. Congratulations Kirsan Nikolayevich on being in charge of FIDE during such momentous 20 years for chess!

Best regards
Nigel Freeman
FIDE Executive Director

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

20 years since the day of your becoming FIDE President have passed, when you took the responsibility for the world chess development. These were diverse years: years of achievements, years of struggle for the chess unification and consolidation of chess movement, years of overcoming difficulties, and of hard work. What was always there during these 20 years – your unlimited love for chess, your dedication and perserverity in reaching your goals and your tasks.

During these years a lot of glorious pages have been added to the FIDE history. Thanks to your activities, the chess world escaped the schism. Thanks to you a number of chess countries members of FIDE has increased and the number of people who play chess in the world is approaching one billion. Chess has become a part of a curriculum in many countries.

The Rules Commission since the very start of your activities as FIDE President has always felt your constant support and tried to carry out all the aims set by you in the field of regularizing and unifying of chess rules. Set dates for rules corrections were introduced, they were separated and finalized. The rules demanded by technical progress were considered in time and fulfilled.

On behalf of all the members of our Commission I sincerely congratulate you with your anniversary! I wish you the best of health, permanent energy, personal happiness and achieving of all the goals set by you for the development and prosperity of chess in the world.

Ashot Vardapetyan
FIDE Rules Commission

Dear Mr. President,

Please accept my most sincere congratulations on this day, 20 years of your Presidency of the World Chess Federation, which is being led by you to further successes in all the spheres of its wide spectre of actions.

The Arbiters’ Commission has always been enjoying your permanent interest, guidance and appreciation. In this period of 20 years the number of Arbiters has been increased enormously. More than 8.700 International Arbiters, FIDE Arbiters and Arbiters of National Levels have been registered to FIDE, while in 1995 the total number of Arbiters was 1.500. Under your leadership now we have Arbiters in 167 Federations.

On this remarkable day, which is a milestone in the history of world chess as a symbol of 20 years of progress and constant improvements in the life of chess players, arbiters, trainers and all chess loving persons, I would like to wish you the best of health and future achievements of all of your important goals and aims, on behalf of all the Members of the Arbiters’ Commission and all chess Arbiters.

Yours sincerely

IA Takis Nikolopoulos
FIDE Arbiters’ Commission

Dear Mr. President,

I am sending you many regards and would like to congratulate you and thank you for your 20 years work at the position of president FIDE!

You made a lot of good things for chess and I wish you the pleasure from your work to the future and enjoy to meet you.

Have a good time,

With best regards

Petr Pisk
Czech Republic

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

Please accept our sincere congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your election as the President of the World Chess Federation.

In this high office you became a successor of a legendary Florencio Campomanes, and you had taken an important mission of unifying chess movement, developing world chess and expanding the geography of this ancient sport. In the past years we have written many glorious pages to the history of FIDE, thanks to your undefatiguable activity Elista, the capital of Kalmykia, has become a world chess movement centre.

I am sure that your perseverity in achieving your goals, love and devotion to chess will help in fulfilling your dream - to make chess an Olympic sport and increase the number of the chess players up to one billion.

Congratulations on this remarkable day, wishing you the best of health, personal happiness and achieving of all your goals and plans.

Yours sincerely

Yuri Dzhapov
The Arbitrage of the Republic of Kalmykia

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

On behalf of all employees of the Elista FIDE Office, please accept our warmest congratulations on your 20-years presidency!

It is a great honor for all of us to work under your wise guidance. Your invaluable devotion and contribution to chess are highly acknowledged by the world chess community. It is not a secret that you are a man with tireless efforts and limitless vision.

We wish you good health, prosperity and success in all your endeavors!

Gens una sumus!
Elista FIDE Office

Dear Mr President,

On your 20th anniversary at the helm of FIDE!

Hearty congratulations from the Medical Commission!

Dr Jana M Bellin
FIDE Medical Commission

Dear Shri Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,

On the successful completion of two decades as President.
My Best Wishes for good health and success in future activities.

With Regards,
R.Srivatsan, IA

Dear Kirsan,

ongratulations for your 20th anniversary as the FIDE President!

In these years the situation in the chess world has improved a lot! Chess is getting worldwide attention and tournaments are hold everywhere.

In the past years I enjoyed my participation as a player in several Olympiads and World Cups. Now I am happy to organise events on behalf of FIDE and the Commission for Disabled.

I would like to thank you for your help and your good work for FIDE. I wish you good luck for the years to come!

Yours sincerely,
Thomas Luther
FIDE Commission for the Disabled

Dear Mr. President!

The FIDE General Secretariat congratulates you on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of FIDE Presidency!

It is an honour for us to work under your guidance. We appreciate your devotion and invaluable contribution to the world chess community.

We wish you best of health, prosperity and success in all your endeavors and stay ready to fulfil all the tasks!

Gens una sumus!
FIDE Secretariat
Athens, Greece 

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

The Chess Federation of Armenia is hereby expressing their deepest respect and gratitude for 20 years of your work.

Indeed, during these 20 years a lot of positive changes have been taking place in the structure and international relations of chess, and your contribution to this is very substantial. Your service for chess will remain in its history. We are happy for your strength,enthusiasm, hard work, which serve for the sake of mankind and chess. Wishing you best of health and new achievements in all your endeavours and success in your important mission.

Yours sincerely

GM Smbat Lputian
Deputy President
Armenian Chess Federation

Dear Mr. President!
Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

Twenty years working for the World Chess Federation is a long period of ups and downs, pleasure and sorrows, success and disappointments. In these two decades, the Fide developed into a powerful sports organization that deserves respect and recognition. You brought the world chess on the current level and we can all be very proud of our achievements.

Thank you for your excellent work and congratulations on the anniversary.

Best wishes, lots of joy, health and strength for the successful continuation of your work for the chess, the game that you love.

Gens Una Sumus

Robert Zsifkovits
President of FIDE Zone 1.2

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

The Ugra Chess Academy staff and all chess players of Ugra sincerely congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of your election as the President of the World Chess Federation.

Your contribution to the development of chess is invaluable. For the last 10 years thanks to your support, the chess players of Ugra had an opportunity to witness the games of famous chess players who participated in the world events in Khanty-Mansiysk. We wish you success and achievements, fortitude, prosperity, the implementation of new ideas and plans.

Galina Kovaleva
Ugra Chess Academy

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

Chess Federation of Kazakhstan sincerely congratulates you on the 20th anniversary of your Presidency of the World Chess Federation (FIDE)!

Your activity at the post of the organization’s head has led to the unification of the chess world. And that’s why FIDE today includes 186 federations and 600 million of people play chess. And we are sure that the next goal of World Chess Federation will be fulfilled and 1mld of people will play chess by 2020.
We agree with you “if more people on the planet will play chess, the number of wrong decisions will decrease”. We appreciate you as a literate leader, remarkable person and wise politician.
We are confident that your leadership will contribute to the development of chess movement and will lead the chess world to new victories!
We sincerely wish you to keep those three harmonies that you most cherish: harmony with God/Creator, harmony with others, and inner harmony!

Galimzhan Yesenov
Kazakhstan Chess Federation

Your Excellency, Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,

On behalf of the Irish Chess Union, I would like to express our sincerest congratulations to you on the day of your 20th anniversary in your role as FIDE President. As the chairperson and new head of Irish Chess, I hope that we will be able to meet and work together in the future. Given how much you have invested in the game we love over those years, we are truly blessed to have you as our President.

Speaking personally, it is an exciting time for Irish chess as our juniors are progressing extremely well in our new development program which recently saw us defeat our local rivals in Scotland, Wales and England at u19 level for the first time in 52 years! However, this progress has proved somewhat costly and we are currently focusing our efforts on raising funds as well as trying to have chess recognised as a sport in Ireland so that we can continue to expand and push chess into schools on a grander scale!

I wish you continued success as our President and hope you will visit us in Ireland soon.

Best Regards,
John McMorrow
Irish Chess Union

Dear President Mr Kirsan Ilyumzhinov!

On the occasion of your 20 years as head of FIDE, the Algerian Chess Federation wishes you much success and thank you for all efforts you are making for the development of chess throughout Africa and the world, hoping that the next 20 years the chess will be under your presidency the most practiced sport in the world and integrate the Olympics games.

Best regards
Algerian Chess Federation

The Asian Chess Federation congratulates FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on his 20th anniversary as FIDE President. Thank you for your close affinity to chess in Asia and worldwide. Your leadership has motivated governments to support chess and your friendship has encouraged federations to work harder. FIDE under your presidency has grown tremendously and Asian chess has risen with FIDE to greater heights. You are an inspiration to the chess world.

Asian Chess Federation

Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov,

On occasion of your 20th jubilee as president of FIDE I congratulate you to this outstanding record and your very successful leadership.

You have achieved the basic objective which was the reason for founding FIDE in 1924. You have installed the FIDE controlled individual World Championship.

The FIDE Rating System reliably run by an excellent team in Elista is fully accepted by the players.

Thank you for all your investment of stress, time and money.

I hope that you may continue your successful work for many years in future in good health.

Kind regards

Christian Krause
SPP Commission

Dear Mr. President,

The FIDE Trainers’ Commission greets you on your 20 years service as FIDE President!

Your achievements on this post are tremendous. You took this post in times of great problems for chess and FIDE. You rearranged successfully the most important projects like the FIDE cycle for World Championship and the chess education.

We, FIDE TRG, as an important part of education activity, are proud to report that we increased tremendously the education for chess trainers worldwide. We are close to 50 annually seminars and our Trainers’ Commission educated more than 4.000 trainers all around the World!

All these achievements would be impossible without your personal special care of our work and needs.

We know that under your leadership FIDE will promote chess in the future even more successfully and we will achieve the goal which you have dreamed about - 1 billion of chess players!

We wish you personally a lot of health and we are happy to work under your supervision.

With kind regards,
Chairman Adrian Mikhalchishin
Secretary Efstratios Grivas
FIDE Trainers' Commission

Dear Mr. President,

I, on behalf of the Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, DPR Korea, would like to take this opportunity to extend my warm greetings to you in congratulation of the 20th Anniversary of the FIDE Presidency.

The Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, DPR Korea, is highly appreciating all the efforts to develop and promote the chess sports and for the peace and stabilization in the world.

I heartily wish you good health and prosperity in your valuable work.

Best regards,

SON Kwang Ho
Vice Minister
Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports

Dear Mr. President,

n behalf of the Board of the Polish Chess Federation let me sincerely congratulate You on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of your FIDE Presidency.

Last 20 years significantly changed position of chess in the world growing number of chess players to 600 mln and Poland contributed to that number introducing chess to children, adults and seniors.

We believe that Your personal goal to achieve 1 bln chess players is achievable and will happen during you Presidency. And again Polish Chess Federation wants to be a major player in that "game".

We wish you, for the next years of our chess community leadership, at least as much energy and commitment as you had until today.

Your sincerely,
Tomasz Delega & the Board of Polish Chess Federation

Dear Mr. Ilyumzhinov, dear President!

I have the honor to congratulate 20th anniversary of your Presidency in FIDE. Your wise guidance and your leadership have allowed during this period of time, to expand the boundaries of chess world, to bring new ideas to the work of the chess arbiters.

FIDE and Azerbaijan are in close cooperation and we have taken together very important activities as "Chess Grand Prix 2014" and "Word Chess Cup 2015".

We always consider you as a great friend of Azerbaijan and we are proud of that the FIDE General Assembly has awarded the 2016 World Chess Olympiad to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku and we are sure that it will be organized in a high level.

Dear friend!

I wish you the best of health, personal happiness and achieving of all your goals and plans.

Azad Rahimov
Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan

Dear Kirsan!

20 years since we met in Paris!

Congratulations on all your achievements since.

Best regards
Kevin O'Connell
FIDE Chess in Schools Commission

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

It is well known that chess is the most intelligent and modern game on the planet.
FIDE is the most intelligent and functional international federation on the planet.
You, your energy, your team and your talent made this federation.
Only you can be at the head of such project for 20 years. It is proved by many deeds, events, elections and numerous opinions of the most influential people on our planet.
Time is relentless.
After a number of years, FIDE and you are getting younger, fresher and blossom.
I sincerely congratulate you on this wonderful date. I wish FIDE and you success, strong health and the white road!

Alexey Efimov
General Producer
Lev Media Production

Dear Kirsan Nikolayevich!

Please accept the congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your FIDE Presidency.
I join to all kind words addressed to you. Under your leadership, the International Chess Federation became successful and prosperous organization. Your personal contribution gave a huge impulse to the development of chess sport in Ugra. Thanks to your support, our okrug constantly hosts the most significant world chess events since 2005. I wish you happiness, kindness and prosperity. I hope for further fruitful cooperation.

Gens una Sumus

Natalya Komarova
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug

Your Excellency, Mr. Kirsan Nikolaevich,

On behalf of the International Committee of the Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) let me pay our respect and appreciation to you and your brainchild, the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs) and congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of Presidency.
Millions of people around the world have joined Global Chess Community being inspired by you and your team.
World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs) as well as International mind sports association play the key role for people involved into Sport and admire intellectual style of life.
We are proud to be your partners and colleagues to achieve this noble goal to provide prosperity, harmony and respect for people with some exclusive possibilities. Happy anniversary!

With respect,
Dr. Valery Rukhledev
International Committee of Sports for the Deaf


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