The World Chess Olympiad ended in Batumi, Georgia. This is a prestigious team competition, which takes place every two years.

The Uzbekistan men's national team, having scored six victories in 11 rounds, suffered two defeats and finished three games in a draw eventually taking the 16th place. The result is not bad at all, although, according to Uzbek chess players, there were periods when the national team performed better, winning top prizes.

The members of the Uzbekistan national team along with ex-world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, young chess players Nodirbek Yakubboev and Nodirbek Abdusattorov showed themselves very well. Yakubboev, for example, not only finished second but also became an international grandmaster.

I have long wanted to tell about activities of Ilyumzhinov as the first President of the Republic of Kalmykia and his enormous contribution to the revival of Buddhism in Kalmykia.    

I want to remind you that Ilyumzhinov headed the Republic of Kalmykia and FIDE at almost the same time. And it was not by chance that he had to solve similar problems both in Kalmykia and in FIDE. Revival of the chess world and revival of Kalmykia became his main concern for many years. And it so happened that in carrying out this mission he was fortunate enough to meet a man who with confidence can be called "the man of the Renaissance." I am referring to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.


On 10 October, a letter from FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer arrived at Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's Moscow office. The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Kirsan,
We  have  just  concluded  the  FIDE  congress,  starting  a  new  era  in  FIDE,  with  the  hope that  it  will  be  a  positive   time  for  our  organization.
We  have  all  read  your  letter  to  all  delegates,  which  was  very  impressive.

Many times l was on the brink of disaster. But I always knew how things might end. A risk presupposes a loss. Fake companies, treachery, cunning, non-payment, unfulfilled commitments, bribery, these are the rocks of enterprise in Russia on which many businesses and joint-stock companies have been wrecked.

I had to go through all that to gain experience and develop my intuition. The Jesuits have a saying: "honey on the tongue, milk in the words, jaundice in the heart and deceit in reality." Not once did I encounter this in life. My business was a risky one, however, you had better not set out at all than stop half way to your goal.


FIDE has a new President. A good reason to analyse Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s work for nearly a quarter of a century
Immediately after the election of the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), held in Batumi, Georgia, on 3 October this year, headlines like “Decline of Ilyumzhinov Epoch” went viral in foreign and partly Russian media (some media sources did it in advance - almost a week before the elections).

Mostly it was caused by a certain confusion of the authors, who wrote more about the hardware intrigues of the federation officials and the prospects of the newly elected president, rather than about the “Ilyumzhinov era”. 

How chess helps in the army

When I was five years old my grandfather taught me how to play chess. And I learned the pattern: once you win you can take time off for a walk with friends or get candies. That’s how I became the champion of the street. Once, in my small provincial town they held a championship, where the prize was a crate of beer. Eleven participants were gathered and one more was missing for the game to begin. Very incidentally I was nearby and was invited to join the game.

On 4 October, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov addressed the delegates of the 89th FIDE Congress. The address reads as follows:

Dear delegates of the 89th FIDE Congress! Colleagues! Friends! 
I congratulate Arkady Dvorkovich on his victory in FIDE presidential election. I would like to thank you, the delegates of the Congress and all the national federations, for this choice.

I wish all the success to all of you, who will continue to develop and popularize the ancient game along with the new leader. Chess is the best that humanity has. I am sure that our most important dream – one billion people playing chess – will come true. I would like to thank you for your trust that allowed me to win against the most serious rivals in elections.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated Arkady Dvorkovich on his victory in the election of a new president of federation. Elections were held in Batumi, Georgia on 3 October. The full text of letter is below:
“Dear Arkady Vladimirovich, I sincerely congratulate you on a convincing victory in the elections! I am sincerely glad that a Russian was re-elected FIDE president. I am proud that another Russian headed one of the largest federations in the world.
Arkady Vladimirovich, I am convinced that you have done much to win. You have visited many countries, visited all continents and made changes in your team. You deserve this victory.

Twenty-five years ago, on October 4, between 3 and 4 am, Boris Yeltsin decided to storm the House of Soviets. Orders were given to use tanks and armoured vehicles.

Apart from those politicians who in the autumn of 1993, thirsted for blood with maniacal excitement (there were plenty of those on both sides), the peacemakers trying hard to prevent violent conflict could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

One of them was Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at that time the President of Kalmykia.We bring to your attention an exclusive interview with Kirsan Nikolayevich published in one of the federal newspapers.


On 30 September, the head of FIDE received an invitation to visit the Ngawang Riglam La’s Moscow Buddhist Centre. On this day, Consecration of Green Tara and the prayer service Mandal Shiva were held at the centre.
After the service, parishioners of the Ngawang Riglam La’s Moscow Buddhist Centre and the venerable clerics asked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to tell about a meeting with 14th Dalai Lama.
The story of a meeting with His Holiness smoothly turned into a lively conversation. Kirsan Nikolaevich answered the parishioners' questions and shared his plans. He told about Kalmykia, which, as everyone understood, Ilyumzhinov remembers with unfailing love.

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