Ilyumzhinov, Putin meet, discuss Sochi match

by ChessBase
10/31/2014 – Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is reputed to have spent over 50 billion dollars on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, met with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of FIDE, who is staging a World Championship there next week. Ilyumzhinov reported to Putin that things are going well, including the Internet coverage, which has to be able to handle hundreds of millions of visitors.

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Ilyumzhinov meets Putin, discusses World Championship

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to discuss preparations for the World Chess Championship Match, which will be held in Sochi this November. The Russian Television Channel One broadcast this report:

Here are excerpts from the meeting:

Vladimir Putin: Good evening, Kirsan Nikolayevich! Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on your re-election to the office of the President of the World Chess Federation. Secondly, I would like to discuss the preparations for the organization of the World Chess Championship Match. How do you assess the current situation? Are there any questions to the organizers, some additional suggestions?

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Firstly, taking the opportunity, Vladimir Vladimirovich, let me on behalf of the Presidential Board of the World Chess Federation that today unites 181 countries, thank you for the opportunity to hold the World Championship match in Russia. It is good for FIDE that the Championship will be held in Sochi, in the Olympic village, because one of FIDE’s main objectives now is to join the Olympic movement, to become a member of the International Olympic Committee. Therefore, it is very important for FIDE, for chess players to play in Sochi.

The match participants are the greatest chess players. 23-years-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is called a prodigy, the “Fischer of twenty-first century”. The second grandmaster is the representative of India, the motherland of chess – Viswanathan Anand, five-fold World Champion. Two generations, the younger and the older generations of chess, will compete for the chess crown in Sochi.

The distinctive feature of this match is that chess is a sport which is interesting to follow. Last week FIDE sent its inspectors to Sochi. The most important thing for us is the modern means of telecommunications, as the match will be broadcast online. Tens of millions of chess players – and we have had cases where up to 400 millions people – visited the championship website and the website simply collapsed. Therefore, it is very important to have modern means of communication and fast Internet connection. The FIDE inspectors were satisfied with the preparations.

Vladimir Putin: So, the entire preparation is going well and you do not have any problems.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.

Vladimir Putin: Good.


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