Facts of the day…

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The motto of FIDE, or the World Chess Federation, is “We are one people.” Founded in 1924, it is currently presided over by Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov. Some interesting facts about Ilyumzhinov:

  • He is the former president of the Russian Federation Republic of Kalmykia
  • He won on a platform of giving $100 to each voter, and a cell phone to each shepherd
  • During tenure he created a game reserve for the Saiga antelope
  • Allies include Russian president Putin, and former Libyan president Qadaffi
  • Implicated in the murder of journalists
  • In 1997 he was briefly abducted by aliens
  • He defeated Anatoly Karpov, and Gary Kasparov in controversial votes for the FIDE presidency

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