One Team

Thank you all for your continued support! It is our honor – to participate in the FIDE elections of 2010!

A list of our team members will be published after the official announcement of the members of the presidential election team. Stay tuned.


President of World Chess Federation (Since November 1995)
President and Head of Republic of Kalmykia (from Oct. 2005)
Born: April 5, 1962. Ethnic background: Kalmyk
Education: Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations (MGIMO)

Degrees and Titles

  • Honored Academician of Interregional Science of Science Academy of Russian Federation
  • Honored Doctor of National Academy of Applied Sciences of Russian Federation
  • Full Member of Russian Social Sciences Academy
  • Full Member of New York Academy of Sciences


  • Gold Medal of Peace for Humanitarian Activities
  • Medal “300 Years of Russian Navy”
  • F. Plevako Gold Medal
  • Order of Friendship
  • Order of St. Nicolas
  • Order of Dignity St. George with sword
  • Triumphal Crown of the National Academy of Applied Sciences
  • Honored Citizen of Elista
  • Pierre Obrie Sign (France)


  • Deputy of the Supreme Soviet of Russian Federative Republic,
  • Member of the Federation Council of Russian Federation
  • Honored Deputy of Elista Municipal Board,
  • President of Russian Chamber of Entrepreneurs

Career history

  • 1979-1980 Mechanic-fitter at Zvezda plant, Elista
  • 1980-1982 Military Service
  • 1982-1983 Mechanic at Zvezda plant, Elista
  • 1983-1989 Student at Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations
  • 1989-1990 Manager of Soviet-Japanese Company “Liko-Raduga”, Moscow
  • 1990-1993 President of SAN Corporation, Moscow
  • April 1993 – present President, Head (since Oct.2005) of the Republic of Kalmykia
  • November 1995 – present President of World Chess Federation (FIDE)

Personal Quotation

“All new attempts to split the Chess World are doomed to failure.”

Sponsor and/or Organiser of Major Chess Events:

  • 1996 World Chess Championship Karpov-Kamsky, Elista, Russia
  • 1998 President’s Cup (International Super tournament), Elista, Russia
  • 1998 33rd Chess Olympiad with 110 men’s and 73 women’s teams, Elista, Russia
  • 1998-1999 World Chess Championship, Groningen-Lausanne
  • 1999 Lausanne Young Masters Tournament, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1999 World Chess Championship, Las Vegas.
  • 2000 World Chess Championship, New Delhi-Teheran
  • 2001-2002 World Chess Championship, Moscow
  • 2004 World Women’s Chess Championship, Elista, Russia
  • 2004 Botvinnik’s Chess Memorial, Moscow, Russia
  • 2006 World Chess Championship match V. Kramnik vs Topalov

During all these years Kirsan and his FIDE team also regularly organized the annual World Youth Championships and World U-20 Championships. Since 1999, World Children’s Chess Olympiads are running under FIDE Patronage.

Apart from this Kirsan did organize 6 Russian Championships and 8 Russian Women’s Championships.

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