Press release

July 2, 2017

President of the World Chess Federation Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will arrive for a 24-hour visit to Israel on the occasion of the opening of the chess competitions in the 20th Maccabiah Games. Mr. Ilyumzhinov will land at Ben Gurion International Airport on Friday July 7, 2017 at 2.40 and will hold a press conference that day at 14:00 at the Dan Hotel in Jerusalem (32 Lechi Street). At the press conference, the visitor will present a number of projects that the World Organization is interested in promoting in cooperation with the State of Israel. He will also congratulate the participants of the 20th Maccabiah chess tournaments.

We see this visit as a tribute to Israeli chess and its achievements and an expression of appreciation to the 20th Maccabiah Games in particular.

To coordinate your participation (and watching the chess games) please call the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Chess at the 20th Maccabiah, Mr. Moshe Slav at 0508557766

We will be happy to see you.


Moshe Slav, Chairman



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