Yes, seriously. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov not only has claimed that he has been abducted by aliens, he credits them with his amazing chess skills, a game of which he claims they invented.
“When Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wakes up every day, perhaps he wonders if this will be the day when his extraterrestrial friends will return to bestow new, earthshaking secrets of the universe on him.
That’s right, you read it correctly — his ET friends. And this isn’t even a new revelation about the 53-year-old former president of the Russian republic of Kalmykia.
Ilyumzhinov is currently president of the International Chess Foundation (FIDE), a position he’s held since 1995, after readily defeating former world chess champion Garry Kasparov last year for the job.”