The People's Poet of Kalmykia. The Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR (1976).

The Hero of Socialist Labour (1990). The author of many poems, among which are "Moabit Prisoner", "Rebel of Reason", philosophical lyrics "Life and Reflections", collections of poems "I'm Your Peer", "Beautiful April" and others.
When they talk about the poetry of David Kugultinov, usually the first epithet is "philosophical". He did not argue with that. "It is philosophical," he nodded seriously with his big head, "since my childhood I've been a great philosopher. I even began to study Marx's Capital straight from the second volume."

More and more often, Moscow parents hear about new chess sections in schools. A comprehensive programme "Chess in schools" has been carried out in Moscow and few other regions since 2015.

The First Vice-President of the Moscow Chess Federation Nikita Kim, the head of the project "Chess in schools" told to correspondent about the time when students start to sit at the chess boards in each school, how the lessons will be going and whether they would be paid.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of the International Chess Federation told Izvestia newspaper that

the appointment of Sergei Karyakin, the world chess ex-champion as a member of the Public Chamber will contribute to the popularization of the intellectual game. "It's very good when a chess player participates in various public organizations and foundations. This contributes to the popularization and development of chess. We remember that at one time both Kasparov and Karpov were members of the Central Committee of the Komsomol.

I congratulate all Muslims on the coming of the spring holiday of Navruz Bayram! Today this bright and joyful holiday symbolizing the awakening of nature is celebrated in Iran and Azerbaijan, in Afghanistan and Albania, in Georgia and Iraqi Kurdistan, in India, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Macedonia, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. In Russia, it is celebrated by residents of Tatarstan, Bashkiria, Dagestan and some other regions.

Navruz – one of the most ancient holidays on Earth – is a time for renewal and hope, a symbol of fidelity to the best traditions of wise ancestors.

About the first steps in FIDE

The delegates of the General Assembly of FIDE almost unanimously elected me President in Paris on November 24, 1995. If you remember, chess was in economic, financial and political crisis in 1995. And the World Champion Kasparov left FIDE and created an alternative organization "Association of Professional Chess Players" in New York. Championships were held in two versions. There were two Champions at the time: on the one hand Kasparov, on the other hand Karpov. I thought then: why cannot such clever people agree with each other?

On March 17, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the First Deputy Director of the National Guard of the Russian Federation Colonel-General Sergey Melikov took part in the awarding ceremony of the winners of the National Guard Championship of team and personal scores held in the Independent Special Purpose Division (ODON) in Balashikha.

At the final stage, 13 teams from all territorial Commands, the central apparatus and ODON were represented.

On March 14, the head of the department of physical culture and sports of the Belgorod region Oleg Serdyukov spoke at a meeting of the regional government.

"The idea of implementation of the "Chess in schools" project arose after the visit of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. We look forward to close cooperation between the Education Department, local administrations and state universities, where the Centre for the Development of Intellectual Sports is already working," he explained.

On March 14, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a private visit to Bulgaria. There he visited the grave of the prophetess Vanga in the city of Petrich and the museum named after her. Petar Stoyanov, a former employee of the Bulgarian Trade Mission in Russia, who once worked as an interpreter for Vanga, accompanied the President of FIDE.

By the way, Ilyumzhinov brought a national Kalmyk women's costume as a gift to the museum as well as a ribbon of the Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Kalmykia.

- Welcome to Bonn, Mr. President! What is your impression after the first moves of the match ‘Human vs Computer’?

I congratulate Germany on such an important chess event, which attracts everyone's attention. The match in Bonn is very important in the popularization of chess.

- What is most important for you in this event?

When a grandmaster plays against computer, people root for the human. When Topalov and Kramnik played, the sympathies were divided. Some were rooting for Kramnik while others were rooting for Topalov. Now Kramnik is playing against the computer, and billions of people are rooting for him. This means that he is not alone.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov brought the project "Chess in Schools" to Tula. He suggested teaching children to play chess starting from the first grade.

"Chess induce people to think first and then do. If all the officials were playing chess, they would have made much less errors in their work," said the president of FIDE. "This is the most affordable sport that does not require major investments. There is no need to build stadiums and buy athletes to develop it. Chess boards and pieces are enough."

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