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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1978

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(born Apr-05-1962) Russia

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Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov, born in Elista, is a Kalmyk multi-millionaire businessman and politician. He was the President of the Republic of Kalmykia of the Russian Federation, and has been the President of FIDE since 1995.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Zakharov vs K Ilyumzhinov 1-029 1978 Soviet Union ttD51 Queen's Gambit Declined

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Apr-05-12  MORPHYEUS: That story about Gaddafi being dead is not true at all.

He's just kidnapped by aliens.

Jun-15-12  vinidivici: this statement come from Garry Kasparov account in Facebook:

To clarify the recent news reports, it is true that I think it is essential to do whatever is necessary to remove Kirsan Ilyumzhinov from the International Chess Federation (FIDE). And if that means running for FIDE president myself in 2014, it is possible but not the real priority. What is important is taking FIDE and chess back from Ilyumzhinov, who brings disgrace after disgrace to the sport by meeting with murderous dictators while ignoring the opportunities to bring chess into education systems around the world.

I will post a long article on my thoughts about the future of chess and FIDE after this weekend's 10th anniversary event for the Kasparov Chess Foundation in Bryant Park in New York City. It is from 10am to 2pm on June 16 with a kids tournament and more. If you can attend I will see you there!

Well, well, the once partner now turns out to be an enemy

Jun-15-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Another great moment in the President's list of achievements:


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...I was in Istanbul in the General Assembly meeting when Kirsan Ilyumzhinov publicly announced this tournament for delegates only and that he was donating $10,000 in prizes. I suspect that the total prize fund was more because, in view of the large number of delegates, $10,000 would not have been enough to give a reasonable prize to everybody.

...this special tournament took place on November 10, 2000, immediately after the FIDE Commerce Deal had been passed and signed. This may explain why the FIDE Commerce deal passed so overwhelmingly, <with only three opposing votes>. I have a picture on my website of some of the players leaving the General Assembly meetings and going to where the tournament was to be played...

...The players, who all were delegates, were put on a bus and taken to the secret location where the tournament was to be played. The non-players which included me were put on a different bus...


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  whiteshark: "Moooar power Scotty!"

"I'm already givin her all she's got, Captain, and she canno give any moar! Unless... unless I cross link the Dilithium Crystals with the power from the Photon Torpedoes!"

"Do it Scotty! Now! That's an order! Cross. your. fingers!"

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  Check It Out: Here we go again!

Kasparov vs. Ilyumzhinov Round 3

Check It Out scorecard by round:

Round 1: Kasparov breaks from FIDE

Ilyumzhinov 1 - Kasparov 0

Round 2: Kasparov actively supports Karpov's presidential bid:

Ilyumzhinov 1 - Kasparov 0

Kasparov will need to take some powerful Russian vitamins to survive round 3.

Check It Out prediction: PAIN!

Oct-29-13  GumboGambit: Per recent NYT article:
"Though he never won fame as a player, Mr. Ilyumzhinov’s devotion to chess seems genuine — but so are his eccentricities. He has said that he believes the game was invented by extraterrestrials, and he claims to have been abducted by aliens in yellow spacesuits on the night of Sept. 17, 1997. "
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  Karpova: Newest feature article:

Edward Winter, <Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Aliens>, 2013:

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  Check It Out: QOTD. Hey, don't judge!

<"I was taken from my apartment in Moscow to this spaceship. We went to some star. After that I said "Please bring me back" because the next day I had to go to Kalmykia and then to Ukraine, and they said 'No problem, Kirsan, you have time.'"

--- Kirsan Ilyumzhinov>

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  waustad: <bobby fiske>One should note that the source of that information is Sam Sloan.
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  perfidious: Ah, yes-that fount of truth and honour.
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  HeMateMe: Sam Sloan was convicted of attempted kidnapping, and spent 18 months in state prison:

<On September 5, 1991, Sloan attempted to leave the USA with Shamema and he was arrested. Sloan was convicted of attempted abduction of Shamema, a felony, for which he spent 18 months in state prison.[27>

He seems to be a very bright guy, but unstable. I avoid such people.

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  HeMateMe: Hey, does this remind you of anyone?


One of the abductees being interviewed said "There are people out there who need help!"

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  Ron: The recent Anand-Carlsen championship match was probably the most boring chess championship match in history. And that is the result Kirsan wanted. Kirsan wants one tournament of top grandmasters to decide the champion.
Dec-21-13  Petrosianic: <The recent Anand-Carlsen championship match was probably the most boring chess championship match in history.>

You obviously haven't played over very many of them.

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  Ron: <Petrosianic>

Well, I went through a book on the Short-Kasparov match; I went through a book on every Kasparov-Karpov match except for their first one; I went through Fisher-Spassky; I went through the games of the both Petrosian-Spassky matches (that book did not have chess anaysis though). I followed on line: the Anand-Gelfand match, the Anand-Kramnik match, the Anand-Topalov match. I went through Alekhine-Capablanca and the Botvinnik-Tal match where Tal won. I went through the Botvinnik-Bronstein match.

All the above were more interesting to me.

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  HeMateMe: Hey, this one's going out to YOU, kirsan!


Jul-26-14  MissScarlett: Forthcoming FIDE congress in Tromso will debate the following motion:

<Proposal of the Ukrainian Chess Federation

Limitation of President to two terms

In view of the fundamental principles of functioning of any sports organization we suggest to amend the Electoral Regulation and to limit the President to two terms in total.

The proposed wording is:

“ No person can be elected for a position of FIDE President for more than two terms in total.”>

The bare details seem to be these: Kirsan took over as FIDE President in

Jul-26-14  SugarDom: For pete's sake, he wants to be FIDE president forever? He's not exactly doing a good job.
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  HeMateMe: They told him "don't give up the day job!" But, he had to. The day job was on Mars.
Jul-27-14  MissScarlett: From the minutes of last year's FIDE congress in Tallinn:

<There is less than one year until next General Assembly in Tromso. There will be Presidential Elections in Tromso. My colleagues in Board and some Presidents of National Federations were asking whether I will participate in these elections. Honestly, I have not had any wish to run. I had frank discussions with G. Makropoulos, I. Leong, Geoffrey and others. Since 1995 for 18 years I have been working for chess as President. Of course I do not feel fatigue; I fly every other day, with a record of 108 countries last year. I am asked by some friends how I keep this shape, and I advise everyone to play chess.

It is a big issue for me whether to run or not next year. 18 years took my toll on my health, my time, and money from my family budget for chess. It is more than 70 mln USD from my pocket for chess in Kalmykia, Russia and world. I am grateful to my friends, who brought me to chess in 1993-1994, Kalmykia has become the first region in 1993 where chess was introduced into school curriculum and 100% kids play chess. And for the last three years the level of academic performance of Kalmykia has been one among 5 top in Russia. And my years of joint experience of being President of Kalmykia and President of FIDE give me a right to tell my colleagues that from my personal experience, kids who play chess are doing well in school. Therefore wherever I am, I will promote chess in schools in all countries and provide good advice and support.

In 1994 I was asked to finance FIDE and the Russian CF, and with my personal funds I organized 13 Russian Individual Championships, 7 for men and 6 for women. My friends, the then President of the RCF M. Baikin, A. Makarov, World Champion G. Kasparov, came to Kalmykia in 1994 and asked me to help financially. I do not have any regrets. Thanks to Kasparov, Karpov and Makarov, I came to chess. For me it was minus 70 mln USD, but I do not regret and I am ready to spend more. I am ready to continue working in the future. I know that there are other proposals, and I am asked about my position and who I support. You know, all the years my activity was transparent and open for everyone. For all these years the Board members and delegates we have not had any single corruption scandal.>

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  devere: <SugarDom: For pete's sake, he wants to be FIDE president forever? He's not exactly doing a good job.>

If you are a believer in picking a champion with 2 game knockout matches, Kirsan is the best ever.

Some of the rest of us would like him to beam back up to his spaceship.

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  Karposian: "Beam me up, Scotty!"
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  HeMateMe: Women GMs once had a title lineage, like the men do. People like Maia Chiburdanidze and Nona Gaprindashvili were celebrated for their achievements and durability. Now, no one has any respect for the women's FIDE title. It is all about ratings, and who is the best match player. That would be Hou Yifan, right now.
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  Absentee: <HeMateMe: Now, no one has any respect for the women's FIDE title.>

Because it doesn't translate to performance. Which makes it meaningless.

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