Kirsan Ilyumzhinov - "Aliens brought chess to Earth"

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/04/01/chess-notes/OOMnLhdCg0203nh0yp6AfK/story.html

 

Chess notes

By Chris Chase   APRIL 01, 2017

The chess world was abuzz last week over news of the resignation of FIDE (World Chess Federation) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Even more perplexing was Ilyumzhinov’s denial of the resignation.

Ilyumzhinov has long been a controversial figure in the chess world. While he ran the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, he spent huge sums building “Chess City.” He has claimed that he was abducted by aliens and that the aliens brought chess to Earth.

Lately, he has been accused of helping Syria evade US sanctions. This got him listed on a US Treasury Department sanctions list. Following this, he “withdraw from any legal, financial and business operations of FIDE” until he is removed from the sanctions list. George Markopoulos, the FIDE deputy president, was given day-to-day control.

It would seem, based on battling letters from Ilyumzhinov, FIDE executive director Nigel Freeman, and Markopoulos what happened was that Ilyumzhinov became highly agitated at a FIDE board meeting and stated not once but three times that he was resigning. The board took him at his word and put the statement on its website. Shortly thereafter, Ilyumzhinov held a press conference in Moscow with the Russian Chess Federation president and FIDE vice president Andrei Filatov at his side, where he denied resigning. It would seem that the only public support he is getting is from Filatov and the Russian Chess Federation.

There are plenty of questions here which may be resolved at a special FIDE board meeting scheduled for April 10.

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I knew Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had claimed to have been abducted by aliens, but I was not aware that he claimed aliens brought chess to Earth happy.png

 

I think Kirsan will be remembered as one of Chess histories great eccentrics happy.png

 

PC

PolarChess
TheSonOfSorrow82 wrote:

I love to brainstorm and the topic of ET's bringing chess to earth is extremely intriguing to me. Is there any actual recorded evidence of people spending massive, massive amounts of time constructing and developing the game? 

 

Only about 1,300 years happy.png

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chess

MickinMD
TheSonOfSorrow82 wrote:

I love to brainstorm and the topic of ET's bringing chess to earth is extremely intriguing to me. Is there any actual recorded evidence of people spending massive, massive amounts of time constructing and developing the game? 

Not much, but there's even less of aliens spending massive, massive amounts of time building a space-bending engine and craft to travel here and give it to us.

Actually, if you consider the evolution of chess, there were a lot of changes the went on between 500 and 1500.

Bonsai_Dragon

And now they've come to take it back... http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/what-gm-would-you-pick-to-save-earth