FIDE President Dvorkovich: World Chess Federation looks for joint projects with FIFA

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ST. PETERSBURG, December 25. /TASS/. The World Chess Federation (FIDE) hopes to conclude in the future joint projects with the world’s governing body of football, FIFA, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said on Tuesday.

Dvorkovich, 46, was elected president of the World Chess Federation during the FIDE General Assembly in Georgia’s Batumi in early October. Before the election, he cooperated closely with FIFA President Gianni Infantino serving as the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Russia-2018 in charge of the organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer.

“We enjoy good partnership relations with FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino. I am sure that we will be having a lot of joint projects,” Dvorkovich told journalists ahead of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz 2018 Championships in Russia’s second largest city of Saint Petersburg, scheduled for December 25-31.

“I know that many chess players like to play football, but it is difficult to find time to do it within the frames of this tournament’s schedule,” Dvorkovich said.

FIFA President Infantino announced in his video message to Dvorkovich in early October that “there are actually many points in common” between chess and football.

“I think there are many synergies between FIFA and FIDE and maybe – why not? – we could think about in the future about cooperating in certain areas and see how we can help some of the federations who need it most and create a contact between the world of chess and the world of football,” Infantino stated.

In early October, Dvorkovich replaced in the post of FIDE president his fellow citizen Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who ran the world’s governing chess body since 1995 being reelected six times.

Ilyumzhinov’s 23-year term at the helm of FIDE is the second longest in the history of the organization. Dutchman Alexander Rueb, one of the founders and the first president, was in charge of FIDE for 25 years (1924-1949).

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