Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

On 15 August, 15 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Tashkent. He met with the UCF President Dmitry Li in the office of the Uzbekistan Chess Federation.

During the talks, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov cordially thanked Dmitry Li for the recent Decree of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev introducing chess as an obligatory subject in 150 schools’ programme.


On 14 August, in his Moscow office, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov received the delegation of the South African Republic’s Chess Federation headed by one of the leaders of the South African Football Federation Kgaugelo Mosetlh. During the talks, the parties discussed important issues: the development and popularization of chess in South Africa, as well as the work of Kara Chess Academy.
During the conversation, special attention was paid to the issue of registration and further activities of the "Chess for Peace - Kirsan Foundation" charitable body in the capital of South Africa.

"The World Championship Knockout Tournament, held in Tripoli, Libya ended with great success. The main prize - 100 thousand dollars and the right to meet with the great Garry Kasparov - was won by 24-year-old Uzbek grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who was not considered as a potential winner of the tournament ", wrote Kommersant in 2004.
The entire world's media was greatly impressed by this championship. Nobody considered the Uzbek grandmaster as a possible world champion, but he easily won against the famous British chess player Michael Adams in the final match.

Compulsory education in chess will be introduced in 150 Uzbekistan schools in Uzbekistan as the pilot project according to decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. As previously reported, in February, Uzbekistan President suggested including chess in the school curriculum.

According to the decree, the Ministry of Public Education together with the Chess Federation will approve chess training programmes by 20 August. It is planned that over time these programmes will cover all Uzbekistan schools.

On 9 August, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Day of the Holy Great Martyr and healer Panteleimon. In his tweet, Kirsan Nikolayevich congratulated everyone on this great holiday and, exclusively for website, told how he visited Mount Athos in February 2005. The purpose of his trip was Saint Panteleimon Russian Monastery, where FIDE President (at that time the head of Kalmykia) bowed to the relics of Saint Holy Martyr Panteleimon.


On 8 August, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated all chess players on the International Cat Day. The congratulation reads as follows:
"I congratulate all chess players and fans of the ancient game on International Cat Day, which is celebrated at the initiative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. I appeal to all who loves furry homestayers, to those who care about the fate of the little tigers that bring fun into our lives. I know that there are few people on the planet who do not care for these graceful, mobile, affectionate and very intelligent creatures.

- People have a limited set of desires. Many young people have only two. The first is to earn a million dollars; the second is to attain power. As a person who already had both, can you tell us how you did it, and what one has to do when everything is in the past?

 Students of the University of Art and Culture asked me about my first million. Young people are only interested in money. I'll tell you how it was. I was graduating MGIMO, and I earned my first million thanks to the seventy-year-old lady who guarded the Strategic institute and the MGIMO hostel. She knew us all by name. It was summer. I was an undergraduate and was waiting for an allocation. Once, I passed by her watch cabin. Aunt Masha was alone; she was bored and was eating some sunflowers seeds. 

Readers of write many letters to us. People turn to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with their problems, write about their successes and achievements and propose interesting projects. But in recent days, the most asked question is: "What is Ilyumzhinov doing now? What will he do after the new FIDE president is elected? Why did you stop writing about FIDE leader’s trips abroad?"

As far as the trips are concerned, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov mostly is in his Moscow office now, writing a book and new columns for Russian Pioneer magazine. He writes about the roads he took, which was plenty during Kirsan Nikolaevich life. Did not you know that the FIDE President is one of the regular columnists of this magazine? By the way, we always reprint his columns at Ilyumzhinov's Column link.

A letter from the Serbian director Simo Brdar came to the head of FIDE’s Moscow office. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov found this letter to be very interesting, and we publish it unabridged:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich. At the moment we started work on a documentary about chess. To be more precise, this film is about the amazing chess player Rade Tsviyich who lives in a remote village of Akhmetov Tsi in Republika Srpska.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, the 17th Karmapa visited Kalmykia recently. What are your impressions of this visit?

We awaited his visit for the whole last year. It was remarkably interesting and important for us, because we are reviving traditional Buddhism in Kalmykia. Ten years ago, there were no Buddhist temples, no lamas, no teachers, or disciples. Then we started sending our students to study in India. And, of course, the visit of His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa played a huge role in popularizing Buddhism in our republic, especially since he never visited Russia before.

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