— Welcome to all participants of the Doroshkevich memorial!
As the president of FIDE I have always tried to make as many as possible people in the world playing chess. Each man who is siting down on the chess board is became more intelligent and thinking. Yes, not everyone is destined to be a professional chessplayer, but this doesn't prevent others get enjoying the game.
«Chess lover» sounds proudly. Frankly, the amateurs make up this nutritional environment, thanks to which chess becomes more and more popular in the world year by year. Sincerely glad that in the calendar along with usual tournaments there will be held a new unusual event. Applied to its participants, as no to one else, we can safely say "Gens una sumus". We are all one family!
On behalf of «Kirsan Fund» and on my own behalf I want to congratulate the organizers with a brilliant idea and to make every effort to ensure that there will be more and more such competitions for amateurs every year. Chess is connecring hearts...
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of FIDE,
Chairman of the board of «Kirsan Fund»