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INTERVIEWS


Interview with the FFE President, Diego Salazar
By WGM Alina l'Ami

23The tournament in Paris makes the headlines all over the World. Could you name the reasons determining you to organize an event of such magnitudes?


I had three main objectives in mind: the general development of chess, giving to the French players and spectators the opportunity to meet elite players and, last but not least, to offer our best arbiters, like Laurent Freyd, the chance to gain experience at this level and become even better.
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Interview with the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
By WGM Alina l'Ami

Paris - opening ceremony 155It is hardly a secret that the name of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov defines an entire chess era. Since his election as a FIDE President in 1995, the chess World has gone through radical and sometimes even revolutionary changes. Dynamism, democratic character and financial viability are the main traits induced to the World championship cycle over the past 18 years.

The system involving the 2012/2013 Grand Prix edition is the result of many years of refining. Choosing Paris for hosting the final tournament has certain symbolic meaning. You may find more about it in the interview with the man who is in the best position to explain it: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov himself!
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