On October 23, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov opened the tournament named after the prominent statesman, politician and diplomat Zhamsrangiyn Sambuu, who served as the ambassador of Mongolia to the USSR from 1937 to 1946.

The opening ceremony of the competition, dedicated to the 95th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Russia, was held in the Botvinnik Central House of Chess in Moscow.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told the BBC Russian Service about talks with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, poetry readings in the tent with Muammar Gaddafi, the rights of sexual minorities and the global war between good and evil.

- At what stage is your legal dispute with the US authorities on inclusion you in the sanctions list?
It was, of course, a shock when the US Treasury imposed sanctions against me on November 25, last year. At first I could not understand why. Then I asked: "How did I get there?"

On October 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, met in Moscow with Du Ge Nyima Rinpoche Tensa – the Buddhist teacher and healer, one of the closest disciples of the 14th Dalai Lama.

Du Ge Rinpoche spoke about his lectures in Russia and the upcoming visit to Elista (Kalmykia), and invited the President of FIDE to visit the monasteries in Tibet and Nepal, the abbot of which he is.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told the radio station ‘Sport FM’ that he delivered the documents needed for a visa to the US Embassy.

"I have just left the embassy where I was fingerprinted and passed all required procedures. At the interview I was asked about the purposes of my visit to the USA and I gave them all the answers. They took my documents and passport; however it’s too early to say that I have been granted a visa. They didn’t specify the exact period of time and asked me to wait. Maybe they would need to take an additional interview."

Muammar Gaddafi was killed on the 20th of October 2011 and the West had officially announced the end of the Libyan war. However, the war continues on a scale impossible in the worst nightmare, and even Barack Obama admitted that his policy of those years was a huge mistake. However, it was not just a mistake. Everything that happened 5 years ago was a crime.
Today there is no longer Libya that was the leader on the African continent by its high standard of living and quality of life for 40 years. There is only a land of chaos, filled with hatred, being degraded and looted.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will be able to visit the World Chess Championship to be held in New York in November. According to the official letter from the US Embassy in the Russian Federation, in order to consider the possibility of visa issuance the FIDE President must provide additional documents.

Once all documents are provided, Ilyumzhinov will be invited to the US embassy for an interview.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told to the radio station ‘Sport FM’ that he favoured the inclusion of chessboxing in the Olympic Games programme.

"Brains are the muscle that can also be strained and chess can decorate the Winter Olympic Games. There is a hope. The chess players are ready to unite with boxers and lobby the chessboxing for inclusion in the Olympic Games programme," said the President of FIDE.

On October 16, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Thessaloniki, where the International Chess Festival under the auspices of FIDE was opened in the framework of the Year of Russia in Greece and inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries.

FIDE President delivered an opening address and held a simul with young players. The multiple world champion figure skater Irina Rodnina and the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov were the gems of the tournament.

On October 14, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited MGIMO Welcome Day 2016 dedicated to the last ‘Soviet’ enrolment and graduate.

Those present plunged into the atmosphere of the 1990s and shared pleasant memories. The graduates of different years were awarded with the Award Certificates. Ilyumzhinov personally handed the awards to outstanding public and political figures, including Alexey Podberezkin and Andranik Migranyan.

On October 13, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was awarded the annual International award the Golden Biatec - 2016 for his contribution to "the cause of peace and development of the relationship between nations and states." It is noteworthy that Ilyumzhinov was awarded exactly for what the US Treasury had sanctioned him.

The Award Ceremony, which was attended by representatives of the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation and the Russian Ambassador to Slovakia Alexey Fedotov, was held in Bratislava. At the same time, it was also stressed that the head of FIDE "intends to improve the world with the help of chess."

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