FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took part in the 12th World Summit of Nobel
Peace Laureates, held in the University of Illinois at Chicago. The summit was
attended by five former heads of states, each of whom have received this honorable
award. US President Mr. Barak Obama addressed the participants with a recorded
video message at the first plenary session.
Ilyumzhinov (right) with the Chair of the 12th World Summit Mikhail
The two and friends and Gorbachev is the patron of FIDE's Chess in
With the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Songay Lobsang, Prime Minister of the
government-in-exile. Ilyumzhinov and Gorbachev are wearing traditional Kalmykian
There is a special connection between the Dalai Lama and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,
who was President of the Buddhist Republic of Kalmykia, where he built a large
number of temples. The two spoke about the bilateral cooperation between FIDE
and the Government of Tibet and "agreed to continue the discussion during
the President's visit to Tibet in May," we are told. In Tibet? We think
that the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile, might have some problems getting a
visa to enter the country...
Video of the encounter between the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev
The FIDE President and Lobsang with the 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Jody
Kirsan with American film director and Oscar winner Oliver
Stone has written, directed and produced movies like Platoon, Wall Street,
JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, World Trade Center and W. He and Ilyumzhinov
"discussed the role of cinema in a struggle for peace, the younger generation
and the influence of chess on this process."
With Sean Penn, the
Oscar-winning actor, who received a 2012
Peace Summit Award
for his work to rebuild and aid the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake
With former US Presidents Bill Clinton...
... and Jimmy Carter, with whom he spoke about the chess development in the
the recognition of chess as a sport and the role of chess in the educational
With Mary Kerry Kennedy,
human rights activist and writer. Kerry is the seventh of
the eleven children of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
With Nobel Prize winner Lech Wałęsa, hero of the Polish revolution
and later President of his country
During his visit to Chicago the FIDE President met with the Cook County Sheriff
Thomas Dart, who is in charge of the largest prison in the United States, with
nearly 11,000 prisoners serving a sentence.
The issues of the social rehabilitation of the former prisoners, their leisure
organization, introduction of chess education in the penitentiary institutions
and other issues of possible mutual cooperation were discussed at the meeting.
It was decided to organize a chess tournament between prisoners, including a
national championship among the convicts.
The FIDE President alsovisited the chess club headed, by IO, IA Sevan Muradian...
... and participated in a blitz tournament in the club