FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Print
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 19:03

kirsanPresident and Head (from Oct. 2005 - Oct. 2010) of Republic of Kalmykia,

President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) (Since November 1995) *

Born on April 5, 1962. He studied at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations (MGIMO). 

He has obtained degrees and titles from the Interregional Science of Science Academy of Russian Federation, National Academy of Applied Sciences of Russian Federation, Russian Social Sciences Academy and the New York Academy of Sciences

He has also been awarded prestigious awards: 
Gold Medal of Peace for Humanitarian Activities, Medal 300 Years of Russian Navy, F. Plevako Gold Medal, Order of Friendship, Order of St. Nicolas, Order of Dignity St. George with sword, Triumphal Crown by the Nat.Academy of App.Sciences, Pierre Obrie Sign (France) & an Honored Citizen of Elista

On a political and commercial level he has been a Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of Russian Federative Republic, a Member of the Federation Council of Russian Federation, an Honored Deputy of Elista Municipal Board, and the President of Russian Chamber of Entrepreneurs.


Following the announcement by the US Department of the Treasury that the US levied sanctions against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Russian citizen and FIDE President, Mr. Ilyumzhinov has informed the Presidential Board that he will withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE until such time as Mr. Ilyumzhinov is removed from the Office of Foreign Assets Control sanction list. 

Mr. Ilyumzhinov advised that he has initiated legal procedures in the US aiming to request additional information and reverse restrictive measures put by the US Department of the Treasury. During the next Presidential Board meeting, Mr. Ilyumzhinov will update the Board as to the progress of the legal procedures. 

Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s decision to withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE is to enable him to concentrate on clearing the situation with the US Department of the Treasury. 

Until further notice, under section A.9.5 of the FIDE Statutes, if the President: “duly authorises, then he can be represented by the Deputy President who shall exercise the powers of the President. The Deputy President can thus represent FIDE officially and can solely sign for FIDE.” Therefore Mr. Makropoulos will now be exercising these powers and representing FIDE officially.

Approved by the Presidential Board 6 December, 2015 and reconfirmed by the Extraordinary Presidential Board 10th April, 2017.

Unanimously reconfirmed at the Executive Board in Antalya on 13th October, 2017.

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