As we already reported, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave an exclusive interview to the regional branch of All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company during his working visit to the Tula region.

He spoke with the well-known reporter Alexandr Konov about the ways to replace the children’s addiction to computers with love for chess, the prospects for participation of chess players in Olympics, the match for the title of world champion and commented on a few other pressing issues.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is going to make few visits in March to the candidate countries to host the match for the world title, which will be held in 2018. He told TASS about it yesterday.

" There are few candidates at the moment, including Japan and Singapore. I plan to make a trip to Asia to visit the candidate countries to hold a series of negotiations In March," said the president of FIDE.

I heartily congratulate on the Defender of the Fatherland Day warriors of the army and navy, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, members of law enforcement agencies - all those who are ready to instantaneously safeguard our great Motherland from any external attacks. With particular pleasure I congratulate the officers and soldiers who served and serve in the unit 52923 of the North Caucasus Military District, where I have served.

It is quite possible that chess will be taught in elementary schools of Russia. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has asked the Minister of Education to support an initiative on the introduction of chess into the curriculum of grades 1 to 4.

Earlier a similar request was made by the member of the Russian Federation Council Vadim Tyulpanov, who suggested replacing one of the physical education lessons by chess. According to the initiators of innovation, chess as a compulsory discipline will improve the overall level of education.

On February 21, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a working trip to the Tula region. He visited the 51-th Parachute Regiment and Tula Suvorov Military School where he played chess with the students. Incidentally, two natives of Kalmykia are the students of this School.

Later FIDE President visited the Tula 106th Guards Airborne Division of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, where he and the Divisional Commander, Major-General Pavel Kirsi put flowers at the memorial to the fallen soldiers.

It is with deep regret that I learned about the sudden death of a distinguished diplomat, the genuine patriot of Russia Vitaly Churkin. The top-class professional, who faithfully served his country, has passed away.

This loss without exaggeration can be called irretrievable. I will always remember Vitaly Churkin as a person of generous spirit, brilliant mind and great charm.

Children Tournament "Chess Olympus", organized by the Pedagogical Chess Union, was held in the ‘Seventh Heaven’ restaurant in the Ostankino television tower.

On February 18, 50 children from different schools in Moscow started the competition. All participants were divided into five age groups, children of which played 7 rounds with the 10 minutes time-control before the end of a game. Parents could watch the fight remotely on video screens and with mobile phones.

On February 17, the opening ceremony of the first round of the FIDE Grand Prix four-tournament series was held in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).

The event was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of UAE Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, head of the Sports Council of the Government of Sharjah, Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Bin Khalid Al Qasimi, President of the Chess Club Sharjah Sarhan Hassan Al Muaini and others.

On February 15, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the Vice Chairman of Centrosoyuz Council Sergei Gritsai signed a cooperation agreement. It was done at the forum "Entrepreneurial Campus", which was held at the Russian University of Cooperation in Mytishchi.

The agreement, in particular, will help to bring chess closer to such people as shareholders, their families, students of Centrosoyuz schools as well as the people, who are not related to the consumer cooperatives but are fond of chess.

Kirsan Nikolaevich, you have an interesting vintage phone.

I use it for 19 years since 1996 and never changed the number. It is stored on the phones of Henry Kissinger, Richard Gere and the Dalai Lama. Muammar Gaddafi knew it too. 200 countries! Once I forgot it on a plane, when I flew to New York. The most annoying thing was that I could not call anyone. Well, someone helped me. But then some people always call me! My working day starts at 7 am and ends at 3 am. That’s how it been since I was a student of MGIMO. Never in my life had I have holidays.

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