Young chess player from Uzbekistan Zhavohir Sindarov became one of the youngest grandmasters in the world. He was awarded the highest chess title at the age of 12 years and 10 months.

As we have already reported, in February this year, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev proposed to include chess in the school curriculum. And in June, the newly elected President of the Uzbekistan Chess Federation Dmitry Li cancelled the tuition fee on chess lessons at the Republican specialized children-youth sport school (CYSS).

 On 17 October, an explosion and shooting took place at the Kerch Polytechnic College. According to various sources, up to 19 people died and more than 50 injured are in hospitals.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and wished the victims a speedy recovery:
“A terrible tragedy occurred in Kerch today. Please accept my deep condolences over the tragedy at the Polytechnic College. It is a big disaster. Great grief has come to many families who have lost their children, relatives and friends. It is terrible that this tragedy involved young people - the future of our country.

A chess teaching programme for preschool children to be launched in Moscow by 2020. When creating the programme Moscow Chess Federation relies on other countries’ experience (for example, Belarus, Armenia and Israel). The Federation, being the author of the programme, plans to make it interactive, up-to-date and computerized.

At the end of July 2017, at a meeting with the President of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Minister of Education and Science of Russia Olga Vasilyeva said that the study of chess in school should become mandatory as part of extracurricular activities.

On 15 October, 28 years ago the first and last President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for reducing Cold War tensions and implementing a policy of publicity.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov commented on this event:
“On this day, the merits of a man who influenced the modern world order and the alignment of political forces were awarded. In 1990, the Nobel Committee had good reasons for awarding the Peace Prize to the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev.

I will try to tell you  what  I think about people over 60 and even over 50. I think this is the best age for self-realization. This is essential feature of my family. My parents are still working. Although I cannot blame those who like to enter their old age sitting on a bench playing dominoes or chess.  

A few years ago, one of the websites published an article about literary creativity, which began with words like, "In 1997, a rising young author appeared in modern Kalmyk literature…" The “young author” turned to be nearly seventy years old. It was my father, Nikolai Dordzhinovich. Exactly at this age, he published his first book, "Ancestors. Facts. Time".
In earlier times, the nomadic Kalmyks lived in a land that was far from a land of milk and honey Therefore, everyone who lived to old age enjoyed the deserved respect. Kalmyks still have sayings like “Respect your elder brother more than the younger one".
And they still practice respect. They will always give way to the elders; give them the best food and the first cup of tea. The younger ones will never enter the conversation of the elders unless they are invited. Old men are first to say traditional dinner toasts – the yorels.
Such reverence has nothing to do with semi-religious blind worship. Kalmyks, probably, at the level of genetic memory have formed an understanding that the advice, words and deeds of their elders come as a result of their life experience. And you can't buy it; you won't get it at the university even if you have three red diplomas.

The World Chess Olympiad ended in Batumi, Georgia. This is a prestigious team competition, which takes place every two years.

The Uzbekistan men's national team, having scored six victories in 11 rounds, suffered two defeats and finished three games in a draw eventually taking the 16th place. The result is not bad at all, although, according to Uzbek chess players, there were periods when the national team performed better, winning top prizes.

The members of the Uzbekistan national team along with ex-world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, young chess players Nodirbek Yakubboev and Nodirbek Abdusattorov showed themselves very well. Yakubboev, for example, not only finished second but also became an international grandmaster.

I have long wanted to tell about activities of Ilyumzhinov as the first President of the Republic of Kalmykia and his enormous contribution to the revival of Buddhism in Kalmykia.    

I want to remind you that Ilyumzhinov headed the Republic of Kalmykia and FIDE at almost the same time. And it was not by chance that he had to solve similar problems both in Kalmykia and in FIDE. Revival of the chess world and revival of Kalmykia became his main concern for many years. And it so happened that in carrying out this mission he was fortunate enough to meet a man who with confidence can be called "the man of the Renaissance." I am referring to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.


On 10 October, a letter from FIDE Vice President Israel Gelfer arrived at Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's Moscow office. The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Kirsan,
We  have  just  concluded  the  FIDE  congress,  starting  a  new  era  in  FIDE,  with  the  hope that  it  will  be  a  positive   time  for  our  organization.
We  have  all  read  your  letter  to  all  delegates,  which  was  very  impressive.

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”. 

Many times l was on the brink of disaster. But I always knew how things might end. A risk presupposes a loss. Fake companies, treachery, cunning, non-payment, unfulfilled commitments, bribery, these are the rocks of enterprise in Russia on which many businesses and joint-stock companies have been wrecked.

I had to go through all that to gain experience and develop my intuition. The Jesuits have a saying: "honey on the tongue, milk in the words, jaundice in the heart and deceit in reality." Not once did I encounter this in life. My business was a risky one, however, you had better not set out at all than stop half way to your goal.


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