Date: 05 October 2018, 14:12,
"First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev for his congratulation on my appointment as Vice-President of FIDE. The congratulation of the head of the state was an honor to me and increased my responsibility," Vice-President of the Azerbaijani Chess Federation Mahir Mammadov said. Report informs that Mahir Mammadov was speaking at the General Assembly in Batumi while commenting on his election to the position in the International Chess Federation (FIDE).
Mammadov assessed the election of an Azerbaijani to the high post in FIDE for the first time in the country’s history is an indicator of high trust by the world chess family to Azerbaijan. "My appointment to such a high post in the International Chess Federation is the indicator of high trust by the world countries to Azerbaijan.
"Thanks to the attention of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to chess and chess players, our grandmasters have won great victories in prestigious competitions, and the organization of prestigious chess competitions has become a tradition in our country."