Kirsan Ilyumzhinov holds Sandra Kimura Sloan

In this photo, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Ruler of Kalmykia and President of the World Chess Federation ("FIDE"), holds Sandra Kimura Sloan, a young chess player.

To the right in the photo is Sam Sloan, father of Sandra Kimura Sloan.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov holds Sandra Kimura Sloan
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov holds Sandra Kimura Sloan

I tried to explain to Kirsan that in order to be elected in America, a politician must kiss babies. I do not believe that he understood. His English is somewhat limited.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had just finished addressing the USCF Delegates meeting in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in which he spoke of his progress in having chess included in the Summer Olympics (NOTE: He said not the Winter Olympics, but the Summer Olympics). Kirsan was said to be in America for a meeting with Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations.

This photo was taken on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at the US Open Chess Championship in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Photo is by Maxine Brady, wife of USCF Executive Board member Frank Brady.

Sam Sloan

UPDATE Kirsan leads with 46.7 % in election in Kalmykia.

Big News: Russian newspaper predicts Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will be defeated for re-election in Kalmykia

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