Ilyumzhinov on the London Candidates and Grand Prix
By mishanp on February 20, 2012
In an interview with Sport Express, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has explained the decision to hold the next Candidates Tournament later this year in London. He also talks about plans for a new Men’s Grand Prix and the sale of the rights to the World Championship and other major events.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Andrew Paulson, Candidates 2012, Carlsen, FIDE, Grand Prix, Ilyumzhinov, Vasiliev | 3 Responses
Moscow bids for Anand-Gelfand match (updated)
By mishanp on June 28, 2011
Ilya Levitov broke two pieces of news Monday. The crucial one was that despite the dark musings of many, and above all the FIDE President himself, we now have at least one bid for the Anand-Gelfand match. The other concerned a unique twist for the Botvinnik Memorial this September.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Anand, Botvinnik Memorial, Gelfand, Ilyumzhinov, Levitov | 20 Responses
FIDE, and new website, to change the face of chess?
By mishanp on June 23, 2011
Yesterday I tweeted that FIDE was to introduce blitz and rapid ratings from 1 January onwards. The source, Chess-News, gave no details, but it now appears FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was talking in a discussion that marked the launch of a new bilingual website by blitz aficionado, Vladislav Tkachiev.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Campomanes, Ilyumzhinov, Makarycheva, Surov, Tkachiev, WhyChess | 9 Responses
Ilyumzhinov: Gaddafi “an amateur who knows how the pieces move”
By mishanp on June 13, 2011
This morning, while being driven through Libya, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave a live interview to the Echo of Moscow radio station. He expressed no regret over yesterday’s meeting with Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, saying “it’s nonsense when people demand he goes”.
Posted in Russian | Tagged FIDE, Gaddafi, Ilyumzhinov, Makropoulos | 10 Responses
Ilyumzhinov plays chess with Gaddafi
By mishanp on June 12, 2011
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has just announced he held a two-hour meeting today in Tripoli with the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is currently in a state of civil war, with NATO and allies engaged in bombing raids, and Gaddafi himself accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
Posted in Russian | Tagged FIDE, Gaddafi, Gulko, Ilyumzhinov, Libya | 1 Response
Chess in Krakow
By mishanp on May 1, 2011
The 7th World School Individual Chess Championship was opened on Saturday by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Although the tournament has no household names (unless your household contains one of the 400 children!) it certainly makes for a photogenic event. As a Krakow resident, I couldn’t miss it.
Posted in Reports | Tagged Ilyumzhinov, Krakow, Pope John Paul II, Sielicki, World School Championship | 4 Responses
GM Ruslan Ponomariov answers your questions: Part I
By mishanp on February 22, 2011
Answering reader questions almost a decade after becoming FIDE World Champion as an 18-year-old, Ruslan Ponomariov provides both a revealing insight into the life of an elite player, and a damning indictment of the chess politics that saw his match against Garry Kasparov collapse.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Carlsen, Crestbook, Ilyumzhinov, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Kasimdzhanov, Kasparov, KC-Conference, Kramnik, Ponomariov, Short, World Cup | 3 Responses
By mishanp on January 14, 2011
The death of the 7th World Champion, Vasily Smyslov (1921-2010), was one of the greatest chess losses of the last year. He featured in two year-end interviews: one with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who claimed Smyslov also encountered aliens, and the other with GM Sergey Shipov, who recalled the Smyslov he knew.
Posted in Russian | Tagged aliens, Botvinnik, Capablanca, computers, Fischer, Flohr, Gulko, Huebner, Ilyumzhinov, Karpov, Krasenkow, Lasker, Morphy, Shipov, Smyslov, Spassky, Surov | 8 Responses
Kasparov’s verdict on Carlsen’s withdrawal
By mishanp on January 9, 2011
Ever since Magnus Carlsen’s shock withdrawal from the Candidates Matches it’s been suggested that Garry Kasparov was behind the decision. In a recent interview, however, Kasparov blew that theory out of the water and expressed his disapproval of his former student’s actions.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Candidates 2011, Carlsen, Fischer, Ilyumzhinov, Karpov, Kasparov, London Chess Classic 2010 | 13 Responses
Bits and Pieces #1
By mishanp on November 26, 2010
Boris Spassky on his recovery, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on Carlsen, Veselin Topalov on his fear of Santa Claus, and Darek Świercz makes Wijk-aan-Zee, with a little help from his trainer. Chess stories from Russia (and “Eastern Europe”) in brief.
Posted in Bits and Pieces, Bulgarian, Polish, Russian | Tagged Candidates Matches, Carlsen, Cultural Village, Danailov, Fischer, Golubev, Ilyumzhinov, Kasparov, Spassky, Sulypa, Świercz, Topalov | 3 Responses