My friend Artem Tarasov has passed away. Forever. I cannot accept it. He would never come to me again with many ideas and countless stories, which he told in a brilliant and witty way.

Artem Tarasov is one of the brightest and most amazing people I've known. He always did something, invented something, offered non-standard solutions for any problems and was a truly creative and brave person.

The editorial office of website received a letter from our friend -- international grandmaster, three-time champion of Ukraine and the US Lev Albert.

"I was very glad to learn about the recent meeting between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Russian president in Sochi. It's nice that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is interested in chess; and I'm sure, Kirsan Nikolayevich could take credit for that," wrote the famous chess player.

Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich. I congratulate you and all chess players with all my heart on the International Chess Day! Having won the hearts of peoples back in ancient times, chess is still the most mass intellectual sport that unites people of the world.

I would like to especially note your successful activity in development and popularization of chess, thanks to which children and adults join in this ancient game that develops scientific thinking, creativity and an acute and inquisitive mind.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has every chance to take up this post again.

On July 21, during a survey of projects of participants of the Sirius Educational Centre in Sochi, Putin had a brief talk with Ilyumzhinov (chess is one of the subjects taught). Here we present a transcript of the conversation published on the website of the President of the Russian Federation.

On July 20, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made a working visit to Astana. First, he visited Dinara Saduakassova Chess Academy, where he played several friendly games with young fans of the ancient game.

Then, FIDE President took part in the opening ceremony of the Central Chess Club of Kazakh capital and wrote a memorable note on its wall. After that, he opened the Astana Open 2017 Chess Festival, delivered a welcome speech and made the first move of the tournament.

Dear friends! From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate all of you with the main holiday of chess players of the world -- International Chess Day!

Chess is an amazing combination of sports, games, science and art. It is the most effective means of not only mental development but also moral education. Chess teaches the ability to handle any situation and instils a sense of responsibility for the decision taken.

On July 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Russia Igor Petrishenko in Moscow. The parties discussed the development of mutually beneficial cooperation.

FIDE president also inspected the exhibition "Family and art -- the art of family". He was accompanied by adviser-envoy of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Russian Federation Yuri Yaroshevich, sculptor Natalia Opiok and painter Alexei Parfyonov.

The World Chess Championship ended in Khanty-Mansiysk recently. Russia men's national team won silver and was defeated by women’s, which became the winner for the first time in history.

For a long time, FIDE hatched the idea of gathering strongest chess players under the flags of their countries. Despite the chaos of the 1990s and a sharp decline in interest in chess, the Russian team was still quite competitive.

On July 17, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in Moscow with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Colombia to Russia Alfonso López Caballero, having discussed with him his forthcoming visit to this Latin American country.

FIDE president also talked with the adviser to the ambassador and a great chess lover Giovanni Gillen. By the way, the promotion of FIDE programme "Chess in schools" will be the main issue on the agenda of the visit scheduled for August.

The current population of the earth is 7.5 billion people; a little less than half are of working age. According to the International Labour Organization, almost 6 per cent of them – more than 200 million – do not have a job. The ILO would not tell how many people work for a salary that barely allows them to make ends meet.

According to experts' forecasts, the development of technologies will gradually displace people from the labour market. This applies to all spheres: production, transport and services. Robots will assemble cars and drive them along the roads that were made by the same robots. Computer programs will keep accounting; write music and act in blockbuster films.
Unemployment of hundreds of millions of people will lead to disastrous consequences: if a family member loses a job he would not be the only one who suffers but his children and retired parents as well. We are expecting the collapse of a consumption-oriented economy. This will bring such horrible disasters as we have not yet seen.
The mass of unoccupied, hungry and embittered people will become the breeding ground for the flowering of the most radical ideologies and trends from Nazism to religious fundamentalism. In combination with budgetary paralysis, this will lead to collapse and self-destruction of many existing states. Aggressive non-state actors, such as ISIS, will take their place.
But there will be no peace in the apparently prosperous countries as well: the militant and uncreative regimes will wreak havoc and horror all over the world. Struggle for exhausting resources, first of all for water, will become extremely intensified.

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