3 Part Interview with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: NYtimes Gambit

The New York Times chess blog has posted an in depth, 3 part interview with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in which he discusses his recent reelection, some details about the origins of his mysterious wealth, and most interesting to our readers: the possibility of a chess center in New York City. Those of you who followed the strange campaign running up to the election will recall that Ilyumzhinov wrote an open letter to Mayor Bloomberg offering to buy the building where the muslim cultural center and mosque is proposed to be built, and instead set up a FIDE chess center. While that is…unlikely to happen, it seems that Kirsan is interested in making good on this idea to some degree, and claims to have financial backing to open up a chess center in New York City. He also responds to the allegations that he is implicated in the murder of a journalist, and mentions his belief in aliens, and claims that he is writing a book about his abduction that will be available in English in 2011. This is definitely BK64 recommended reading: Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3.