#13 - JRL 7168
From: Gerald.Schendel@t-online.de (Gerald Schendel)
Subject: Politics and Chess in Russia
Date: Mon, 5 May 2003
The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has published a report regarding new
officials of the Russian Chess Federation
"The VII Congress of the Russian Chess Federation took place 11th-12th of April 2003 in Dagomys (Sochi, Russia).
Mr. Alexandr Zhukov, Chairman of the Committee on budget and taxes of the State Duma was elected the new President of the Russian Chess Federation. Mr. Vyacheslav Berestnev, the Head of Information-Analytical Administrative Department of the President of Russian Federation, the President of Moscow Chess Federation, was elected Deputy President of the Russian Chess Federation.
Mr. Valery Bovaev, the Vice-Prime Minister of the Republic of Kalmykia, the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Kalmykia, the President of the Kalmyk Chess Federation.
Mr. Valery Zubov, the Chairman of the Committee on budgetary credit system of the Council of Federations of the Russian Federation.
Mr. Sergey Ivanenko, the Vice-Chairman of "Yabloko" fraction in the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
Mr. Sergey Serdyukov, the General Director of "Lenstransgas", the President of Saint Petersburg Chess Federation.
Mr. Andrey Selivanov, the Head of the Committee on Labor and Social Policy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, was elected the Honorary President of Russian Chess Federation.
H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President, the President of the Republic of Kalmykia participated in the Session of the Congress. In his speech, he pointed out that chess plays an outstanding role in Russia: " there is no other country in the world, where people would be so interested and play chess". He defined the main task for the chess development in Russia - to give state status to chess.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov also came forward with the proposal to the Agenda of the Congress to discuss a new FIDE project on effective competitions: to add 3 points for a victory, for draw - 1 point, for defeat - 0 points.
The delegates expressed their comments and remarks for the new project, which received unanimous approval."