Monday, August 30, 2010

12 Grants for Young Talents from Malaysia

On the 27th of August the FIDE President, Head of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur on a working visit. In the morning he had a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Malaysia Mrs. Lyudmila Vorobieva. Then the FIDE President proceeded to meet the President of the Malaysian Olympic Council Yang Mulia Tunku Tan Sri Imran Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, where Mr. Ilyumzhinov requested his kind assistance in the inclusion of chess into the Olympic Games programme.
There was a constructive dialogue where Mr. Ja’afar noted special popularity and serious perspectives of chess development in Malaysia.
There has been a symbolic ceremony where a flag was received by the Malaysian Chess Federation, the delegation of which shall be taking part in the World Youth Championships 2010 in Greece.
At this ceremony the FIDE President announced that he sets up his grants for the most chess talented children in Malaysia. At the end of the year there will be a ceremony where the FIDE President stipend shall be awarded in six age groups.
The meeting of Ilyumzhinov with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs – Mr. Y.A.B. Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek has started in an unusual way – with a chess game. After some serious efforts, the FIDE President found a technical possibility to resign to his honoured opponent. Naturally, the consequent dialogue, which was taking place in a friendly atmosphere, turned out to be very effective.
The main topic of the discussion was the further cooperation between FIDE and Malaysia in respect of Chess in Schools programme, and education of trainers and arbiters. Mrs. Lyudmila Vorobieva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of RF in Malaysia, has also participated in the meeting.
The dinner organized by the President of the Malaysian Chess Federation, Mr. Tan Sri Ramli Ngab Talib, was held in a friendly cordial atmosphere.

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