MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. The year 2016 has been declared a year of chess in the United States, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of the World Chess Foundation (FIDE), told TASS on Sunday.
On November 25, the United States announced sanctions against Ilyumzhinov, 53, claiming he has relations with head of the Syrian central bank. Later on, Ilyumzhinov said he had no commercial interests in Syria. On Sunday, the FIDE presidential council suspended his competences till the next council meeting. Ilyumzhinov handed over this authorities to FIDE First Vice President Georgios Makropoulos.
"Despite the provocations and unfair treatment by the United States, the FIDE declared the year 2016 a year of chess in the United States. As we have promised, the world championship match will be held in San Francisco and New York. The FIDE will also hold world rapid chess championship in the United States and will organize a big children’s international tournament in that country," Ilyumzhinov said.
Ilyumzhinov was elected FIDE president on November 24, 1995. Since then, he was re-elected to the position six times. He is the sixth president in the 90-year-long history of that organization.