Ali Nihat YAZICI – FIDE Vice President: I have visited India from 17 February 2013 till 22nd February 2013. I was always admiring the great chess country. It was my dream to be there and to see with my eyes, what was happening with Indian Chess. As you know, All India Chess Federation is an admiral ship of FIDE management. India is the motherland of chess, where game was born in history. I may tell you that from beginning with visa procedure till my return back, (sorry to all other countries including Turkey), this was the best hospitality I have seen in my life. I thank to everyone, especially, Mr. Sundar, Mr. Singh, Mr. Dongre for their arrangements for that hospitality. I will go those heroes later one by one.

My report will be in three sections: Pune-Arrival (Maharashtra State) , Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh State), Delhi – return (Delhi State)
I will give information time by time on those reports, about India, states and my feelings.
As you know, India has a population of 1,205 billion. 250 million children between 5 and 14 age is the figure by the end of 2012. This is one of the reason of this visit.

The second crowded country in the world with a field of 3,287,263 sq km. Country consists of 28 states under a federal republic system. I have visited only three of them as given above.
Before going to the first part of the report, last but not the least India does have the title of World Champion GM Viswanathan ANAND.
Pune-Arrival (Maharashtra State) (report has been written by GM Abhijit Kunte. I will make some inserts with commentation when it is necessary.
Mr. Ali Nihat YAZICI’s Visit to Pune

Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici, Vice President of FIDE and Chairman of FIDE CiS Commission visited Pune on 17th and 18th February 2013 to promote and exchange ideas about Chess in School Program. He was accompanied by Mr. Ravindra Dongre, Treasurer of AICF, Chairman of Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA) and FIDE CiS Commission Member. Both of them were welcomed in Pune by GM Abhijit Kunte, Commissioner of MCA-CIS.

A function was arranged where Mr. Ali was the Guest of Honor on 17th February 2013 at the English Learning Institute of Symbiosis (ELTIS). He was accompanied by Mr. Ravindra Dongre, GM Abhijit Kunte, Dr. Satish Thigale, Director of MCA-CIS and FIDE CiS Commission Member, Mr. Girish Chitale, Director of MCA-CIS and Mr. Ram Jadhavrao, Vice President of Pune District Chess Circle (PDCC). The function was attended by the members of MCA, MCA-Chess in School and PDCC. 

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