The FIDE President was in Luxembourg on May 29-30, 2014. At the meeting with the Luxembourg Chess Federation President Pierre Fattebene and his colleagues, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had a frank and constructive conversation about how to organize the operations of a chess federation in a small country (by both area and population), which is in close proximity to economic, political and chess giants among nations.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was especially impressed and delighted by the breadth of knowledge and vision of the current situation of the Chess Federation’s President Pierre Fattebene and Vice President Tom Weidig, theoretical mathematicians who have a unique view of their own of the processes going on in the country.
On the morning of May 30, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Secretary General of the Luxembourg National Olympic Committee (NOC) Ms. Marlyse Pauly and the NOC Administrative Board member Mr. Daniel Dax. Just as had been the case in other countries, the parties discussed inclusion of chess in the Olympic Games program during the meeting. The parties noted that the main problem for chess was the nuance that chess is still not recognized as a sport in the US, the UK and some other European countries, which hold significant clout in the contemporary Olympic Movement.
The FIDE President came to Liechtenstein on May 30, 2014, for a brief working visit. He made the symbolic first move in the eighth round of this year’s Liechtenstein Open. The tournament is sponsored by the principality; we note that chess players from 20 different nations are participants in the tournament.
Simultaneously with the Liechtenstein Open, Vaduz is hosting a Seniors Open, in which chess legend, many-times World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili is now in the lead. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov especially exchanged greetings with the most mature chess player in the tournament, ex-priest Mr. Herman Schmid, who has turned 92. Mr. Schmid said that he had started playing and studying chess actively only 12 years previously.
The 87 year-old President of the Chess Federation of Liechtenstein Mr. Kurt Studer has a similar amount of life experience. During their meeting, the two presidents chose to discuss the issues of chess over a game of blitz rather than sitting across from each other at a negotiation table.