Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the president of FIDE: The World Chess Federation, the organization that organizes international chess tournaments. These tournaments are responsible for crowning world chess champions like Bobby Fischer and Gary Kasparov, who he recently beat to be reelected as president of the group. The reason we are discussing a chess club president is that Mr. Ilyumzhinov openly believes the game of chess comes from space and was invented by aliens. Think about that for a moment. This would be like if the NFL commissioner claimed that American football was invented by space aliens, and everyone was cool with it.
In addition to his position as president of FIDE, Ilyumzhinov is also the former President of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia. It is during his time as an elected official in 1997 that he claims he was abducted by said chess playing aliens out of his apartment in Moscow. He later told a radio show of how he was taken by the creatures;
“It was not in our Russian space vehicles, but with aliens. They came in a flying saucer, picked me up, and I spent a whole day in outer space. It was from my apartment. They flew in and picked me up. They were wearing yellow spacesuits. I remember this moment exactly. We went off to their interplanetary ship, and I started to feel a lack of air, a lack of oxygen. They gave me a spacesuit as well. One of the aliens pointed to his chest and indicated that the oxygen supply could be regulated by turning a dial. So this is what I did.”
The best part is the response from the Russian government who are mad at him for not formally telling them about the alien encounter. After all this is a historic event!
Needless to say other members of the Russian parliament were concerned with his ability to govern. Maybe they just thought he wasn’t getting enough sleep if aliens were waking him up in the middle of the night and flying him around? Nah, they probably just thought he was crazy. It would be like if a governor of one of biggest states in the United States was openly endorsing Internet conspiracy theories and everyone was OK with it. That wouldn’t happen.
Break Question of The Day: Do you believe Kirsan Ilyumzhinov that he was abducted by aliens who invented chess? Or is that just some really good vodka?
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