FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the host country for such a high level of organization of the 42nd Chess Olympiad. "We can say with confidence that the Baku Chess Olympiad is the best ever organized Olympiad. I am very pleased to be here. I would like to thank the Government of Azerbaijan and everyone who has contributed to this event. It is known to all that chess is very popular in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is the first country in the world to have adopted a program on the development of chess. Chess is taught at schools," he said.
The 87th FIDE Congress will be completed on 13 September.