13 March marks the 97th anniversary of the birth of the great Kalmyk poet David Kugultinov (13 March, 1922 – 17 June, 2006). He was the People's poet of the Kalmyk ASSR (1969) and the Winner of the State Prize of the USSR. He was born on 13 March, 1922 in a Kalmyk village in the family of a school teacher.

He is a classic of Kalmyk literature, a legendary poet, a symbol of a people with a difficult fate. Kugultinov's rich creative biography is also the story of his life: unusual, interesting, difficult, and accompanied by his tireless work.

Robert Fischer was born in Chicago on 9 March, 1943. His father, Hans-Gerhard Fischer, a German biologist and ideological communist, lived in the USSR. His mother, Regina Wender, was a Swiss Jew. Bobby's parents met at the Moscow Medical University where Regina studied. In 1939, they left the USSR, but their paths diverged: Gerhard moved to Chile, and Regina settled in Brooklyn, USA...

Back in 2010, the first president of the Republic of Kalmykia and the sixth president of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, stated that one of his priority tasks is further organizing the visit to Russia of the spiritual leader of Buddhists, His Holiness Dalai Lama.

According to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in recent years, the post of president did not allow him to speak in full voice about the urgent need for the pastoral visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Russia.

 

The phrase in the title was spoken by Kirsan Nikolayevich back in 2011. By that time, due to Ilyumzhinov’s efforts, the IOC recognized the International Chess Federation (FIDE), that is, recognized chess as sport. This happened in 1999.

It was not an easy to accomplish it, but Ilyumzhinov had all the arguments. First, a completely sporting idea - to reveal the world’s strongest chess player - was originally laid in chess. Competition, the definition of the strongest players by some more or less recognized and objective criteria is, as you know, the key feature of sports.

 

On 1 of September 2018, chess lessons for younger school children were introduced in all schools of Russia. They are conducted either instead of the third physical education class, or after the main lessons.

In an interview with RT the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov explained how such lessons are useful: “... progress has risen by 40%. Children began to learn better in other subjects and win prizes at Olympiads. Chess allows you to develop not only logic, but also creativity and imagination, because both hemispheres of the brain work.”

 

Yesterday evening, we read the news that Arkhip Kuindzhi’s painting titled "Ai-Petri" was stolen from the Tretyakov Gallery. Is nothing sacred anymore? In a telephone conversation with Kirsan Nikolayevich, we told him about this terrible event. Ilyumzhinov was visibly upset, and then he said: “Did you know that Arkhip Kuindzhi was a remarkable chess player?” To our shame, we did not know that. “Well,” said Kirsan Nikolayevich, “now you know. Let's publish this article on kirsan.today.” We’ll do it with pleasure! Enjoy, dear readers!

 

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.

 

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