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.

"The World Championship Knockout Tournament, held in Tripoli, Libya ended with great success. The main prize - 100 thousand dollars and the right to meet with the great Garry Kasparov - was won by 24-year-old Uzbek grandmaster Rustam Kasimdzhanov, who was not considered as a potential winner of the tournament ", wrote Kommersant in 2004.
The entire world's media was greatly impressed by this championship. Nobody considered the Uzbek grandmaster as a possible world champion, but he easily won against the famous British chess player Michael Adams in the final match.

Compulsory education in chess will be introduced in 150 Uzbekistan schools in Uzbekistan as the pilot project according to decree of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. As previously reported, in February, Uzbekistan President suggested including chess in the school curriculum.

According to the decree, the Ministry of Public Education together with the Chess Federation will approve chess training programmes by 20 August. It is planned that over time these programmes will cover all Uzbekistan schools.

Readers of write many letters to us. People turn to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with their problems, write about their successes and achievements and propose interesting projects. But in recent days, the most asked question is: "What is Ilyumzhinov doing now? What will he do after the new FIDE president is elected? Why did you stop writing about FIDE leader’s trips abroad?"

As far as the trips are concerned, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov mostly is in his Moscow office now, writing a book and new columns for Russian Pioneer magazine. He writes about the roads he took, which was plenty during Kirsan Nikolaevich life. Did not you know that the FIDE President is one of the regular columnists of this magazine? By the way, we always reprint his columns at Ilyumzhinov's Column link.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will challenge the decision of the FIDE Ethics Commission. In his opinion, this case is a political order of the United States. In an interview with Tsargrad TV he said that on 24 November 2015, he was included in the US Treasury sanction list, which was the reason for the subsequent attacks against him.

"I said that the federation unites 188 countries, and it will be illegal if every ministry removes anyone from office. There is a rule of law, and if a person is not in prison or a mental hospital he can occupy any post, "Kirsan Ilyumzhinov stressed.

The most talked about event among chess players is the announcement of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is withdrawing his candidacy for the FIDE presidential electionsto be held this autumn. We would rather not to raise this issue once again but itturned out to beimpossible. Media brings more news every day. Bloggers also write about it. Here is an example. We reprint one particular blog very close to the original text with only a few abbreviations.

The President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that the children's performance grew by 40% due to the introduction of chess into the educational programme in Kalmykia.

Chess lessons as a part of the Chess in Schools programme will help the student to go beyond the framework of the general educational process, reveal his creative and intellectual potential, and also contribute to the overall harmonious development of the individual.

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