The Organizing Committee for the match held a meeting on 31st August in Kiev. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Minister of Sports and Youth Igor Zhdanov, Lvov Regional and City Administration Head Oleg Sinyutka, Ukrainian Chess Federation President Viktor Kapustin and Assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev attended the meeting.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that the Ukrainian Chess Federation paid a deposit of 100,000 USD and that the match contract should be signed in the following days.
Ilyumzhinov also met with the Mayor of Kiev Vitaliy Klitschko. The Mayor expressed interest in holding one of the FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix stages in Kiev. Klichko also confirmed the intention to start introduction of chess education in the Kiev elementary schools.
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