Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 April / Trend / On 21 April Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received the FIDE President, President of the Republic of Kalmykia of the Russian Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
President Aliyev said he was pleased with the fact that Azerbaijan is hosting such an important chess tournament as the Grand Prix which is commemorating the 85th anniversary of the nationwide leader Heydar Aliyev. He believes the tournament would contribute to boosting the development of chess in Azerbaijan.
President Aliyev spoke of the success achieved by Azerbaijani chess players. Ilyumzhinov also drew attention to the high-level organization of the Grand Prix tournament in Baku.
He also praised the Azerbaijani Government's support to develop various sport in the country, including chess.