FIDE held its 82nd Congress in Krakow between the 20th and 21st of October 2011, hosted by the Malopolska Chess Federation. The President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, opened the proceedings by thanking Mr Kusina and the Malopolska Chess Federation for organizing and hosting the event. He then gave a speech in which he unfolded his vision for the future of FIDE, particularly concentrating on Chess in Schools and advising that he had gained sponsorship of $1,000,000 per year for the next three years for the various Chess in Schools projects.
He also listed the many countries he had visited since the Khanty Mansiysk Olympiad in which he had discussed Chess in Schools with Presidents and other senior government officials. Chess is already a subject at school in many countries, the goal of FIDE is this practice to become worldwide.
WYCC 2013 and 2014, and other events announced
The World Youth Championships 2013 were awarded to Al Ain, UAE and those for 2014 to Durban, South Africa. The World Amateur Championship 2013 was awarded to Iasi, Romania and the World Cities 2012 was awarded to Al Ain, UAE. As we already informed, the contract for the World Chess Olympiad 2014 has been signed as well.