We construct various functorial maps (projections) from virtual knots to classical knots. These maps are defined on diagrams of virtual knots; in terms of Gauss diagram each of them can be represented as a deletion of some chords. The construction relies upon the notion of parity. As corollaries, we prove that the minimal classical crossing number for classical knots. Such projections can be useful for lifting invariants from classical knots to virtual knots. Different maps satisfy different properties. © World Scientific Publishing Company.