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

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(born Apr-05-1962, 59 years old) 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 was the President of FIDE from 1995 to 2018.

Wikipedia article: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Last updated: 2018-11-11 18:09:42

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Zakharov vs K Ilyumzhinov 1-0291978Soviet Union ttD51 Queen's Gambit Declined

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Sep-29-16  zanzibar: <Created by G.S. on September 19, 2016>

Goldman Sachs?

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  MissScarlett: <Created by G.S. on September 19, 2016>

Gennady Sosonko?

Sep-30-16  diagonal: <Created by G.S. on September 19, 2016>

Gyula Sax, for heaven's sake!

Sep-30-16  zanzibar: Winter's research in Ilyumzhinov's statements about aliens:

Karpova provided the link back in 2013, it was most recently updated in Jan 2016.

Mar-27-17  SimonWebbsTiger: bye bye!

they came for him....

Mar-27-17  zanzibar: Well, what is the "real" story?


Mar-28-17  Petrosianic: This is why it's bad to post links with no clear explanation. Half the time the links are broken and you've posted nothing.
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  WannaBe: Russians hacked the web site, again... =)
Mar-28-17  Petrosianic: One if by land, two if by sea. (I can be incoherent too).
Jul-20-17  diagonal: 20th July, (annual) <International Chess Day>

Naturally, a 'must write' for FIDE, but watch out the difference between last year and now:

2016, signed by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President

2017, no signature at all

We are one family, ..well, almost always..

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  tpstar: <Most powerful man in chess accused of ‘secretly funding ISIS’>

<Ilyumzhinov, an eccentric former politician who claims he was abducted by aliens twice, has reigned as the king of chess for 23 years. But after the US Department of Justice’s decision to investigate him, rumors of back-stabbing and in-fighting began to swirl around Fide. The embattled head was unable to attend the 2016 world chess championship held in New York for fear of arrest and became increasingly sidelined. Last year, Fide officially announced Ilyumzhinov had stepped down but then backtracked when the former head of the Russian semi-autonomous republic of Kalmykia insisted it was “fake news.”>

Russian collusion!

Feb-15-18  morfishine: How can this guy be the head of FIDE? He only has 1 game in the database and he lost it! lol

Even NN has done better than that!


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  Joshka: People wonder why chess is looked upon as shady, criminal and only practiced by low life scum...well you only have to look at the top.
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  whiteshark: So he has seen the real <Orville>?
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  Stonehenge: <who claims he was abducted by aliens>

What a shame they returned him to planet Earth.

Mar-28-18  diagonal: Let's see what Kirsan is up to today! :))

This month (March 2018), Kirsan I. met with friends and colleagues in an informal atmosphere. He had a <warm talk> (much nicer than a <cold war>) with the 12th World Chess Champion Karpov at a birthday party of an old friend:

<Various issues of common interest, including those not related to chess life, were discussed and the interlocutors agreed to meet more often.> (quote)

What a conclusion of a meeting:
.. agreed to meet more often ..

Well, then everything will be fine for FIDE, n'est-ce pas?

For some pics of this warm talk, click:

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  Retireborn: Rather a sad picture of Boris Spassky in a wheelchair there.
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  HeMateMe: boris appears to be alert, with command of his faculties, in that photo. His legs just don't work so well any more.
Apr-30-18  Caissanist: FIDE's bank account at UBS is being closed today, due to Ilyumzhinov's presence on the US sanctions list: .
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  Penguincw: Is this new news?

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  Joshka: Wonderful news!!! Maybe they'll reserve a cell for him right next to Bubba and Hillary when the jig is up for them in the not too distant future!! GO NIGEL!!! 2 four year terms only!!!
Jul-19-18  diagonal: Oh, those Ethics Commissions..

<World Chess Federation suspends long-time president Ilyumzhinov>

Report by Reuters:

FIDE statement:

<The Ethics Commission unanimously decides that Mr Ilyumzhinov is guilty of the violation of the FIDE Code of Ethics. Mr Ilyumzhinov is sanctioned with a temporary exclusion from holding any position for a period of 18 months from today, of which a period of 12 months are suspended for a period of 2 years. The immediately effective suspension is one of 6 months, commencing on 13 July 2018 and ending on 12 January 2019>

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  Messiah: Just one game?
Apr-03-20  Petrosianic: <Messiah: Just one game?>

If you don't believe your eyes, how will you believe any response you get?

Nov-03-20  cameosis: that tool in the white house has never played chess …
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