Muzychuk vs. Hou Yifan Match Settled to Take Place in Lviv

Время публикации: 28.07.2015 17:54 | Последнее обновление: 29.07.2015 16:32

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: "This is a political decision"

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has published an article where he says the matter of organizing the World Women's Championship match in Lviv "has been settled", admitting that to be "a kind of political decision".

"The representatives of the Lviv's rival city, Beijing, have submitted the bid in accordance with all the rules. Moreover, they have backed their application with the bank guarantee, providing a part of the prize fund", emphasizes Ilyumzhinov, making an equivoque towards Hou Yifan who has recently said that's not true.

"As for the Ukrainian side, it hasn't complied with all the formalities", continues the FIDE President. "Nevertheless, I have insisted that the decision is taken in favour of Lviv. Why?

In brief, my visit to Lviv, which allowed me to see the city through my own eyes, has convinced me that Lviv is a marvellous city, peaceful and friendly. Its chess traditions and chess school are very strong. These days, Lviv Chess Federation includes twenty GMs, among them Adrian Mikhalchishin, Vassily Ivanchuk, and Alexander Beliavsky who has been Mariya Muzychuk's coach. However, the last time a significant chess competition took place in Lviv was back in 1984 - it was the USSR chess championship.

Since then, 31 years (!) have passed. In my opinion, this is too unfair for a city the inhabitants of which love and appreciate chess so much.

Besides, I'd like to reveal Lviv to the world, and not only the chess world. I'd like to shatter the myths about it, all the gossips saying Lviv is a stronghold of "zapadenschina" (West-Ukrainian nationalism - CN), "banderovschina" (a movement in support of Stepan Bandera - CN) and other disgusting things like those.

I hope sincerely that soon we will be able to do the restoration of the building of the Lviv chess club, because President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko and I have agreed to do it during our recent meeting - it will be a joint project of Ukraine and FIDE. And, most probably, we will organize the match between Mariya Muzychuk and Hou Yifan within the walls of Lviv Opera Theatre in 2016."

According to Ilyumzhinov, "chess is beyond politics, but there is an exception to every rule".

The full translation of the article by FIDE President is available here.

In the photo: Lviv Opera Theatre


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