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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (Credit: A.Savin/Wikimedia Commons)

Alleged alien abductee retains chess federation presidency

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov defeated his opponent, chess legend Garry Kasparov, on Monday, August 11 to retain his position as head of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

The win for Ilyumzhinov, who has presided over the FIDE for nearly two decades, was expected. But Kasparov was determined to at least attempt unseating Ilyumzhinov because he feels public comments about extraterrestrials made by Ilyumzhinov are negatively affecting the federation, hindering its growth and deterring potential sponsors.

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov (Credit: S.M.S.I., Inc. – Owen Williams, The Kasparov Agency/Wikimedia Commons)

Ilyumzhinov claims to be an alien abductee, and has spoken about his extraterrestrial encounters for more than a decade. Ilyumzhinov, who is a former president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia, stated in 2010 that he met with extraterrestrials in Moscow, where he communicated with them, was shown around their spaceship, and was even taken into space.

But, despite his extraterrestrial tales, the federation seems perfectly happy with its long-sitting president. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports that Ilyumzhinov defeated Kasparov by a 100-61 vote in the August 11 election.

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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    Hooray for Ilyumzhinov!

    While I do not know if he was abducted or not, I certainly know that he could have been. A UFO circled in the sky above me one night and I can extrapolate from that frightening experience that ANYTHING is possible with these phenomenon.

    These debunkers like Kasparov deserve their comeuppance.

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