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Armenian team to arrive in Azerbaijan for World Chess Olympiad – FIDE
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 24

Armenian team will participate in the 42nd World Chess Olympiad, to be held Sept. 1-14 in Baku, Azerbaijan, the President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said May 24.

He said this issue was discussed during his recent visit to Yerevan, Armenia.

"During my visit, I met with the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who is also the president of the Chess Federation of Armenia, as well as with Levon Aronian [Armenian chess grandmaster] and invited them to take part in the World Chess Olympiad," said Ilyumzhinov. "Currently, no refusal has been received from Armenia, and that means Armenian chess players will take part in the World Chess Olympiad in Baku."

Armenia should take part in Chess World Cup, Chess Olympiad in Baku - FIDE
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 3

Armenia should take part in the Chess World Cup and the Chess Olympiad, which are to be held in Baku, the President of the World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told reporters Oct. 2.

Ilyumzhinov expressed satisfaction with his stay in Azerbaijan, and said the Chess Grand Prix, which kicked off in Baku on Oct. 1, is being held at the highest level.

He said that out of 181 FIDE member states only Azerbaijan has a state program for the development of chess.

The FIDE president said the relevant structures have already carried out the state program and their results are known.

"Thus, Azerbaijan has hosted a number of influential competitions, and it twice was the European champion," Ilyumzhinov noted.

The FIDE president said the extension of the state program for five years would have accelerated the development of chess in Azerbaijan.

Ilyumzhinov said that on Oct. 17 he will visit Armenia and meet with representatives of the local chess authority.

"During the meeting with the President Serzh Sargsyan, I will talk about the Chess World Cup and the Chess Olympiad to be held in Baku. FIDE is a big family, and we want Armenian national team to take part in the competitions. We will discuss this issue. The last time being in Armenia, I said they should take part in these tournaments," Ilyumzhinov said.

He also noted that Azerbaijan has at the state level given the security guarantees to the Armenian team.
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