On July 17th the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov participated in the ceremony of placing a base stone for the future Zhu Chen Chess Academy in Lucheng of Wenzhou. It is remarkable that this is the first personified academy in China. There is another one no less important fact that the 9th World Chess Champion Zhu Chen is married to one of the strongest Qatari GM Mohammad Al-Modiahki. 

The formal part of the ceremony was held in the premises of the primary school. After the welcoming speeches of honorable guests including the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Zhu Chen, Mohammad Al-Modiahki, Chinese Grandmasters Ye Jiangchuan and Xie Jun, the guests played the simultaneous games on 50 boards with pupils. Then the officials arrived to the area of future academy construction for the foundation stone laying ceremony.


Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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