Ilyumzhinov announces large chess sponsorship program
The One World One Vision team has announced the support of the 50 National Federations who are supporting the team of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for FIDE President in the coming elections in Khanty Mansiysk this year. To the list of 35 countries announced earlier 15 more have joined. Here is the full list until now:
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The list is expected to grow in the coming days, as Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced several large chess sponsorship programs.
On Sunday, June 20, in Cuba, during the closing of the traditional Capablanca memorial, the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced that an amount of $500,000 USD shall be provided during a 5-year period for the organization of two new tournaments – Caribbean Cup and Latin American Cup.
“The events shall be launched this year. They are aimed at, first of all, support of the local young talents, which are now feeling the lack of strong events, combined with a generous prize fund”, Ilyumzhinov said.
This announcement came at the same time as the information about the simultaneous exhibitions to be given by Karpov and Kasparov in a number of Latin American countries.
The FIDE President is inspired by this idea of the two champions, although it has only appeared during an election campaign, and is intending to support them by covering their travel and hotel expenses for a long-term programme:
“I welcome the initiative of these famous champions and I presume they shall perform these activities on a voluntary and non-profit basis. I hope that they will accept my proposal and that they will be active for the whole period of the next 4 years. Today all of us should prove that whatever we are promising is not only for the elections.”
The forthcoming simultaneous exhibitions are likely to highlight the most talented young chess players who will eventually play in the two new American Cup FIDE tournaments.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announces his sponsorship of the $1 million Campomanes Memorial tournament series during the ASEAN Chess Confederation annual meeting in Subic Freeport, Philippines.
Earlier, on Friday, 11 June, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced sponsorship of the prize fund of $1 million for a series of Campomanes Memorial tournaments. Ten $100,000 tournaments are slated over ten years in the 10-member ASEAN nations starting with the Campomanes Memorial tournament this August in Manila, Philippines and then in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Brunei.
The tournaments will be in memory of Florencio Campomanes, FIDE President from 1982-1995, who passed away last month at the age of 83.