Medvedev, Ilyumzhinov congratulate Karpov

12th World Chess Champion turns 60

Karpov Valjevo

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated to the chess legend Anatoly Karpov his 60-year birthday.

In his telegram the President said: “Millions of people in our country and beyond know you as an outstanding chess player. Thanks to the talent and dedication you have won the prestigious title of the world champion and countless international tournaments. Today you devote a lot of effort and time to the promotion of chess and to the training of young sportsmen, by opening chess schools in the Russian cities. Wishing You prosperity and continued success.”

Anatoly Karpov was born on May 23, 1951 in Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk region. Karpov will celebrate his birthday in St. Petersburg and in Italy.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also sent an appropriate letter:

Dear Anatoly Yevgenyevich!

Today you are celebrating your 60th anniversary. On this wonderful day the leadership of FIDE sincerely and heartily congratulates you and wishes you success in your work and in the realization of sports and social programmes aimed at the development and promotion of professional and amateur chess.