Greetings from Kirzan İlyumzhinov

Dear participants, officials and guests of the World Chess Cup 2015 in Baku!

I am pleased to great you in the heart of Azerbaijan, in the ancient and ever young city of Baku.

Today Baku is globally famous for perfectly organized international sports events, the First European Games 2015 being the major one just concluded successfully and with so many medals for Azeri athletes!

Here, the warmth of eastern hospitality harmonizes with a vivid business environment and the first class infrastructure is combined with historical places of interest.

Chess has played enormous role in the culture of Azerbaijan throughout its almost two-thousand-year history. The game of "shatranj" has been played in this region since the 5th century. It was mentioned in several poems of the great Nizami.

Nowadays, chess is among the top priorities of the governmental activity in the domain of sports, education and culture.

I would like to thank cordially the President of the Azerbaijan Republic His Excellency Ilham Aliev, the Government of the Republic and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan as well as the National Chess Federation for their devotion to chess and their vital support.

I am fully convinced that the World Chess Cup 2015 will be a great success and will be an excellent trial for the 42World Chess Olympiad 2016 which will also take place in Baku!

Gens una sumus!-We are one family!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
FIDE President