May 28, 2008
During the FIDE Congress in 2001, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov shared his views on Halkidiki and the chess events organized there.
I enjoyed very much matter-of-fact and creative spirit of the Congress in Greece. The Congress participants, who are in their overwhelming majority real lovers of chess from 162 countries of the world are first of all, concerned about image of chess and their popularisation in the world.
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Plunging into the constructive atmosphere of the Congress, I more and more felt the justice of the reigning principle of the World Chess Federation: FIDE is not only and not as much for the Champions, FIDE is the organisation for all lovers of chessFIDE organises annually hundreds and thousands of various tournaments. And all of them are important for us. As for example, a grandiose Youth World Championship, which was concurrent with the Congress in Halkidiki and was taking place in the same hotel. 1000 players from 85 countries took part in this Championship. This created unique atmosphere for the work of the Congress, the delegates of which could eye-witness, for whom and for what we are working.