Armenia has a rich chess culture. The traditions of the chess superpower are now restored and it serves an example to many, officials in charge for World Chess federation confess.
The presidency of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) is holding a sitting in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. The event has brought together FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, 23 members of FIDE and representatives of chess federations of about 20 countries of the world.
President of the Republic of Armenia, President of the Armenian Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan participated in the sitting today.
FIDE officials representing four continents of the world gave a press conference upon the conclusion of the meeting. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov stressed, in part, that the Armenian Chess Federation serves an example for the 177 FIDE member states, and the main topic discussed at the sitting was the “Chess in Schools” program, which has been brilliantly applied in Armenia.
Chess is a common language and culture for millions of people irrespective of their nationality, language, religion or the color of the skin.
“Chess is one of the best means of dialogue between cultures and civilizations. It’s our duty to cherish and disseminate the tradition of chess. It will be a good investment towards building a better world,” President Sargsyan said.
No country has managed to achieve what Armenia achieved with the “Chess in Schools” program. Armenia was the first country in the world to successfully implement the method of introduction of chess in schools.
FIDE President said many member countries would like to host the sitting of the presidency. However, Armenia was unanimously chosen as the host country, because its Chess Federation serves an example for the 177 FIDE member states.