The other day, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Uzbekistan, where he congratulated Dmitry Li on his new position. As we wrote earlier, Dmitry Romanovich Li, President of the Uzbekistan Chess Federation, was recently appointed director of the National Agency for Project Management under the President of Uzbekistan (NAPU).

Recall that Dmitry Li started his career in the public education system, after that he worked in the field of mechanical engineering and metallurgy, occupying various leadership positions.


Only a few days separate one from the other two memorable dates for the Kalmyk people. On 28 December 2018, 75 years since the Kalmyks deportation, the Day of Memory and Sorrow was celebrated in Kalmykia. And it is followed by another date – 9 January. On this day in 1957, the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR called “On the formation of the Kalmyk Autonomous Oblast within the RSFSR” was issued. It officially allowed the Kalmyk people to return to their homeland.


The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov commented on how Russian Ekaterina Lagno played in the final of the Women's World Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.

“It is good that Khanty-Mansiysk authorities are focused not only on professional chess, but also support children's and amateur chess. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Women's World Championship was held there.

It was organized, as always, at a high level. I know that participants of the Championship are satisfied with food and accommodation, even though it’s cold there,” Ilyumzhinov said. “In the finals, we supported Katya Lagno - a talented chess player and top positional player.

 At that time, Kalmykia was generally calm and stable despite the fact that it was adjacent to Dagestan, which was not the most peaceful place. Not far from there, in Chechnya, war was raging. However, Chechnya is a weak example. If anyone remembers, located in the heart of Russia, Tatarstan put barriers on its borders and introduced customs duties. 

But Ilyumzhinov proclaimed: “Forever with Russia!” And he stuck to this slogan, despite the accusations of local nationalists in betraying the interests of the people.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov happened to lead Kalmykia in the most difficult period of the modern history of Russia. Now it becomes clear that this time was nearly the best in the steppe republic’s life. 

In late October, it was exactly eight years since Kirsan Ilyumzhinov resigned as head of Kalmykia. One’s own place, as you know, is better seen from a distance. Enough time has passed now to look back and evaluate objectively what was done at that time.


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”. 

The ability to play intellectual games is one of the unspoken criteria of employers when hiring top managers. Chess can be the first game among the compulsory subjects of the Russian school curriculum.

70% of the adult population of the Earth played chess at some point in their lives, according to data from YouGov. In 2017, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) registered 724.8 thousand chess players taking part in international tournaments.

As we reported earlier, UCF President Dmitry Li, met with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in Tashkent on August 15, 2018. During the talks, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed special gratitude to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the recent Decree on introducing chess as an obligatory subject in 150 schools for further popularization of chess as a sport that develops brainpower and intellect.

Currently, it is a pilot project, but in the future this subject will be studied in all schools of the country.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who recently visited Tashkent, came to editorial office to speak about how they the respect and value Buddhism in Uzbekistan.
As early as in the first few centuries BC, or at the beginning of our era (scientists are still arguing about this), Buddhism penetrated into Central Asia and became widespread in the south Uzbekistan. For many years, archaeologists have been studying Buddhist monuments found on the territory of Uzbekistan. Buddhism reached its peak in the Kushan kingdom in the first half of the first century AD.


Honorary WBC world heavyweight champion the Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko and former world champion Briton Lennox Lewis may come together in a duel once again. However, not at the ring box but behind the chessboard. In 2015, the idea was voiced by the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. "I recently learned that Lewis occasionally played chess in his spare time, and he used to play chess to have a break from boxing. It turned out that Klitschko, now the mayor of Kiev, is a chess master," the head of FIDE told reporters.

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