chessproKirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of FIDE, addressed several of the controversies that occurred throughout the year within the Chess world.

He addressed the repeated cancellation and last-minute venue changes for the new Grand Prix and Global Chess games, the drug testing controversies, including this month’s scandal from Vassily Ivanchuk who refused to submit a urine sample at the Chess Olympiad, and the vast inflation in the number of grandmasters which threatens to dilute the title’s prestige.