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Meetings of FIDE President with the African Chess Federations

On the 6th of July the FIDE President, Head of Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, to participate in Administrators seminar for the leaders of African Chess Federations.

He addressed the guests of the seminar, participated in the presentation that was prepared and submitted by FIDE Commercial Director

Mr. Geoffrey Borg, discussed with the leaders of African Chess Federations a number of the most urgent issues of chess development in the African continent.

Summing up the working visit of the FIDE President to Africa, we can describe it as very constructive and important for development of chess in this continent. After meeting with the Zambian Sports Minister it was decided that since new school year chess shall be introduced in Zambian schools as a facultative subject.

At the meeting with 18 leaders of the Chess Federations a great number of important issues were discussed and many important decisions were taken: preparation of trainers and arbiters, participation of the teams in the 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad.

A sensational idea was expressed – for the first time in the history to organize in 2016 the first Chess Olympiad in Africa. Ilyumzhinov said: "to date we have 33 African countries as FIDE members. Our task is for the rest 20 to join FIDE in the nearest future".

Some Photos from the visit..

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FIDE President in the center and (from left to right) the Vice-Chairman of Ghana Chess Federation Edward Nii Lamptey THOMPSON, President of Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat YAZICI, FIDE Vice-President Lewis NCUBE, FIDE Commercial Director Geoffrey BORG FIDE President and the President of Gabon Chess Federation Bongo Akanga NDJILA BARTHELEMY
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FIDE President Kirsan ILYUMZHINOV and the President of Cameroonian Chess Federation Michel Nguele VIANG From left to right: General Secretary of Kenya Chess Federation Lawrence KAGAMBI, FIDE President and the Chairman of Kenya Chess Federation Andolo AMBASI
 
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