As is known, the International Olympic Committee, IOC, through the efforts of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, recognized chess as a sport in 1999; and it was presented at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000. Chess could be included in the programme of the Summer Games 2020 in Tokyo, but then the IOC rejected this opportunity. Earlier, FIDE, under the leadership of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, tried to achieve the inclusion of chess in the programme of the Winter Olympics.


I am deeply convinced that a new stage in the development of the  nation,  its  spiritual  regeneration  and  economic  growth will become possible  only  when  we  have  eradicated  our insensitivity to the suffering of  others.  Otherwise we will be lost in the labyrinths of lies and false values.

"There is a record in the old Tibetan books," a Buddhist priest once told me, "which predicts that the Buddhist nations will blossom again once the smallest and most westerly of our people  start  the  process   at   the   beginning   of   the   third millennium."


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.”


On 5 February, the Centre for Intellectual Sports developing intelligence, logic, imagination and patience was solemnly opened at Belgorod State University (Belgorod State National Research University). This momentous event took place on the 15th anniversary of the University Chess Club.

The idea to open such a centre in Belgorod State University appeared in 2016, when the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the university. He signed an agreement with the Governor of Belgorod Oblast Yevgeny Savchenko on the development of chess in the region. During this time, fifteen chess and checkers playing zones have been created at the university.


On 8 February, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia Tserenbat Namsrai arrived to meet with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Kirsan Nikolaevich said: “We talked about Mongolia and its potential. It was nice to meet our brothers Mongols.”

Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia stated that Mongolia is prepared to receive a million foreign tourists in 2020 and earn $ 1 billion.


On 7 February, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with two spiritual teachers, Tibetan lamas. The monks came especially to Kirsan Nikolayevich to congratulate him on the coming holiday of Tsagan Sar.

In addition, his countryman, the head of the Buddhist centre "Tilopa" Mikhail Egorov came to visit Ilyumzhinov. Readers of can see Kirsan Nikolayevich's mother, Rimma Sergeyevna on the group photo.


“At one time, I introduced chess as a compulsory subject in Kalmykia schools,” said the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.  “At that time chess wasn’t much popular in our republic.

At first, they began to play it in schools and later chess clubs were opened in the districts. In Kalmykia, there was not a single first-ranking player among children. However, very soon we had a young grandmaster, who became the world chess champion among children at the age of 14.

On 3 February, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Chairman of the Writers Union of Kalmykia Erdni Eldyshev.

Erdni Antonovich Eldyshev is the people's poet of Kalmykia, Chairman of the Writers Union of Kalmykia, member of the Union of Russian Writers, International Community of Writers Unions, Union of Journalists of Russia and Writers Club of the Caucasus.

I cordially congratulate fellow countrymen on the bright holiday of Tsagan Sar! Spring has officially come today to my small homeland - my native Kalmykia.

Kalmyks’ Tsagan Sar is the beginning of spring, a symbol of the awakening of nature, a time of new beginnings and accomplishments. Tsagan Sar is the beginning of the White month, when hopes are fulfilled and the most cherished dreams come true.


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