Once upon a time in Kalmykia


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Thibault de Vassal    (2006-10-25)
Once upon a time in Kalmykia

An interesting interview of FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov about future of chess, reunification match and other things...


I can't resist this quote :

Misha Savinov : Bearing in mind successful unification, do you see a chance of Kasparov returning to chess?

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov : In my opinion, Garry will not return. His age will not permit him returning, chess advanced too far. But, of course, we would all be happy if he returns. Actually, I would be happy if not only Kasparov, but also Spassky and Fischer come back. If they do, I am ready to organize a supermatch of FIDE champions. A good idea, by the way! We’ll invite Vassily Vassilyevich Smyslov, Spassky, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Khalifman, Kasimdzhanov, Topalov, Anand, Ponomariov… It is going to be a good supertournament!

Misha Savinov : In Elista?

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov : In Elista. And, probably, it will be 25-minute games, double round-robin. I wonder if Fischer accepts the invitation, what do you think? We will announce the winner a superabsolute champion (laughs)!

Misha Savinov : One can call it an open championship of Kalmykia…

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov : Are you suggesting inviting the Kalmyk champion of 1978? I think I could play 25-minute games…