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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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  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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  al wazir: A long article in the NYTimes on the FIDE election:
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  Chessgames Bookie: Betting on the FIDE election is now open: Ilyumzhinov vs Kasparov: WINNER

Good luck!

Aug-08-14  AJ of Alaska: Our great leader! He knows...
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  HeMateMe: Doesn't the Times article also imply, somewhere, that Kasparov is buying votes? We know that the USA paid off IOC delegates to vote the USA for the Salt Lake City Olympics. They were given new, expensive all terrain vehicles, high end clothing for wives, stuff like that (but not cash). This resulted in the new rule that there be no "gifts" of any kind given to visiting IOC delegates when future sites for the Olympics are chosen. China would have beaten us out for that Olympics, had it not been our gifts to the African continent delegations.

China got on the ball and started paying off it's future visitors, and they were able to snare the 2008 Olympics for Beijing.

Sports voting is full of bribery.

Aug-08-14  AJ of Alaska: Kirsan is a friend of every chess player. He has created modern chess.

He is the captain of a ship that has suffered much, but he has prevailed.

Chess has never been more a worldwide phenomenon than what it is now thanks to Kirsan and his vision.

Aug-08-14  AJ of Alaska:
Aug-09-14  AJ of Alaska: <Ilyumzhinov has spent millions of dollars on chess and supporting religion, building a Catholic church at the instigation of the Pope John Paul II. He has also built a mosque, a synagogue, 22 Orthodox churches, and 30 Buddhist temples. Chess was made a compulsory subject in the first three years of elementary school the only place in the world where this is the case. The region now has numerous champions. The 14th Dalai Lama has visited Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on many occasions and has blessed a number of the temples in Elista, as well as Kalmyk Buddhist temples overseas.>

This is Kirsan. A friend of us all.

Aug-11-14  AJ of Alaska: <Chess is a kind of human activity which has room for manifestations of both intellect and the competitive spirit. But this is a bloodless competition. FIDE’s motto is Gens una sumus. And personally, I approve of only one kind of battles – the ones that take place over a board with 64 squares.>

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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  Octavia: well spoken, Kirsan! I'm also a pacifist.

Congratulations on being reelected! You have done much for women's chess, only one more thing needs to be done:

Instead of having open/women we ought to divide it into a/b where a are the top grades & b the low grades. It's likely that the a section would be won by a mostly male team but there could be prizes for the best female team, same in the b section.

Considering that some countries still don't send a female team the other protection(there must be at least 1 open & 1 female team) have to stay in place until this condition is fulfilled.

Aug-12-14  AJ of Alaska: <Octavia> Interesting ideas.

Thanks to the reelection of the great Kirsan women's chess can continue its rapid development all over the world. Unlike what would have happened if Kasparov had become the new FIDE president.

Kasparov has no respect for womens' chess, instead he has made several sexist, denigrating comments about women in chess over the years. here is an example:

<Women, by their nature, are not exceptional chess players: they are not great fighters.> G.Kasparov

Utter nonsense, of course. Yet, so many here on <chessgames> supported this sexist egomaniac. Incredible!

Thankfully leaders of organizational chess all over the world had more common sense and reelected Kirsan. A leader for all chessplayers, both men AND women. God bless Kirsan.

Aug-14-14  Knots O Mutch: Hooray for Kirsan!
Aug-14-14  Rookiepawn: Did he teach chess to aliens?
Aug-20-14  AJ of Alaska: For those of you who have not yet seen this moving tribute to the great Kirsan here is your chance:

Cheers to all, Alan

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  Jim Bartle: A lot of substance in that video. Wow!

I wonder why it didn't include Kirsan announcing the Kamsky-Karpov FIDE championship match was going to be held in Baghdad, when he knew full well American citizen Kamsky could not travel to Baghdad.

Aug-20-14  AJ of Alaska: <I wonder why it didn't include Kirsan announcing the Kamsky-Karpov FIDE championship match was going to be held in Baghdad, when he knew full well American citizen Kamsky could not travel to Baghdad.>

If, after Kirsan's nineteen years as FIDE president, that is the only thing you could come up with, it only shows how well Kirsan has run FIDE affairs over all these years.

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  Jim Bartle: It isn't the only thing, just one I remember well since it was so idiotic. I don't think he's absolutely so terrible, but I don't think he's any icon either.
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  ketchuplover: FIDE Grand Prix 2014-15. 4 events. 16 players. 12 per event. All 3 events per player count. 120K euros prize fund per event
Aug-20-14  SirRuthless: Total BS with the locations, reduction in events, loss of the bad event exclusion and reduction in prize fund. This is what the Kirsan mafia wants i guess. A west asian monopoly on chess events.
Aug-20-14  Petrosianic: <This is what the Kirsan mafia wants i guess. A west asian monopoly on chess events.>

They may not WANT it. It may be that it's just too hard to get backing anywhere else. FIDE is a joke in a lot of places, thanks to articles like this:

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  perfidious: Excerpt from the above link on former president GW Bush:

< "The man provides order," he says, "he conquers countries, territories and oil wells. He gives the wells to the rich oil companies, making them even richer, and that’s completely okay." In fact, says Ilyumzhinov, it is quite possible that the world’s population will soon be living in a single, American state. "As long as order and discipline prevail -- what’s the problem?">

The far right gang should love him.

Aug-22-14  MissScarlett: It's a pity that the Ilyumzhinov campaign didn't run with this endorsement from Nigel Short in 1998:

<We all know Ilyumzhinov is corrupt, but at least he is putting money into chess. The previous FIDE president was corrupt and taking money out.>

Aug-22-14  badest: <MissScarlett> Money talks (and chess players need to eat too).

In any case, I prefer Kirsan over Kasparov.

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