Once captured by extraterrestrials, he remains World Chess Federation (FIDE) President
Talking to aliens on his invisible cell phone?
[Kirsan Ilyumzhinov], who believes that chess was brought to earth by aliens was re-elected president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) over [former World Champion] Anatoly Karpov in a vote that split the chess world…
“The vote showed that the overwhelming majority of countries support my work and my uniting of the chess world,” he told Ekho Moskvy radio station. “The main thing is that I have managed in the last 15 years to unite the chess world. We have one champion and one federation.”…
Earlier this year, Mr Ilyumzhinov, who only recently stepped down from another big job as president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia, claimed to have met aliens in his Moscow apartment.
He said he heard someone calling him to his balcony. “I went and looked. There was a semi-transparent pipe. I went into this pipe and saw people in yellow spacesuits. I was shown around their spaceship,” he said.
At least the alien critters sound friendly enough, almost like they were bored and needed something to do.
We had the classical school of chess, then the hypermodern…. I wonder what the current age should be called.
I remember when players were the news, not the bureaucrats.
An extra morsel: Excavations have shown that chess was played with similar rules, in various continents, centuries ago, he says, adding: “There was no internet before, so how did it get across the world? It means that it was brought from somewhere.”
He also insists that there is “some kind of code” in chess, evidence for which he finds in the fact that there are 64 squares on the chessboard and 64 codons in human DNA. He then explains why he believes sweetcorn was brought to Earth by a different civilisation.