Ilyumzhinov, Putin meet, discuss Sochi match

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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Burnsy Burnsy 11/2/2014 07:12
First president Putin I would like to thank you for rigging the election for me. Now I will read off the cue card behind you and be your puppet for life.
genem genem 11/1/2014 06:09
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 11/1/2014 05:02
forget politics/chess politics ; kudos to putin and kirzan for organizing wcc at sochi/russia(the mecca of chess)
Jungle Jim Jungle Jim 10/31/2014 08:36
The usual prejudices are on display.
cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 10/31/2014 05:54
Just a sad truism that the type of people who lust after and chase power are the ones who should be distanced the most from it.
It's not these meetings we should be seeing but the hidden ones with the star wars bad guy music playing.

Wastrel Wastrel 10/31/2014 03:46
Ilyumzhinov looks very ill-at-ease, almost frightened.
babycroc babycroc 10/31/2014 02:59
Wow, they look so constipated. I bet the dialogue really went like this.

Vladimir Putin: Good evening, Kirsan Nikolayevich! Have you been to the toilet recently? You look so constipated.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Vladimir Vladimirovich, as you are aware, I am full of shit. I have taken the poop of the 181 countries who are part of the World Chess Federation, as well as some alien poop I had collected when I was abducted by aliens a few years ago. It is a lot of poop, and it has been building up inside me. Hopefully I can release some of it during the World Championship match, for which Sochi is an appropriate venue. For pooping, I mean.

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.