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.

"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.

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