How chess helps in the army

When I was five years old my grandfather taught me how to play chess. And I learned the pattern: once you win you can take time off for a walk with friends or get candies. That’s how I became the champion of the street. Once, in my small provincial town they held a championship, where the prize was a crate of beer. Eleven participants were gathered and one more was missing for the game to begin. Very incidentally I was nearby and was invited to join the game.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sees the road not just as an integral part of life but as a life itself. According to the head of FIDE, it is very important where the road leads to but there is something else to consider. What exactly? Kirsan Nikolaevich agreed to answer this and other questions to the reporter of website.
- Kirsan Nikolaevich, "Roads", as we know, is the name of your new column for the Russian Pioneer magazine. Honestly, we regret that we did not think of interviewing you on this subject before. Who else to ask about roads and travel if not you?


Sometimes, sport, unlike other kind of human activity (except, perhaps, science), abruptly changes human destinies. It so happened that Cameroon Chess Champion, a participant of two Chess Olympiads Benjamin Banlock has been living in Russia for eight years. Strangely enough, initially, the native of Hot Africa chose to live not in Sochi or Anapa but in the Russian North, and moved to Moscow only a few years later.

He is a man who is not afraid of difficulties and accepts things as they are. That’s why his opinion is important. Cameroon Chess Champion Benjamin Banlock believes that chess players will miss Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as a FIDE president.


- Kirsan Nikolaevich, we were trying not to touch upon this subject but let's discuss it now: the FIDE Ethics Commission has suspended you, the president occupying this post since 1995. It sounds monstrous. What does it mean? Did this happen because of the US sanctions or because of Makropoulos and Kasparov’s conspiracies?
I don’t think that we have avoided this subject (laughs). I have already said that the decision of the FIDE Ethics Commission is illegal. Three members of the commission took a political decision because of the US sanctions against me. I have been elected FIDE President by representatives of 110 countries and three officials cannot suspend me. I intend to continue to fulfill my duties as FIDE President until October this year. I intend to apply to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS) and to the international court for human rights.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s life is endless flights, business trips and meetings. However, since his childhood, he dreamed of coming to Ulyanovsk, Vladimir Ilyich's homeland. He was able to come only now. The guest was impressed by Lenin's homeland. He joined the Young Pioneers organization there and was shown the local places of interest.

"And do you know that Ilya Nikolaevich Ulyanov’s grandmother was a Kalmyk and gave tasty and nourishing Kalmyk tea to all the family?" Kirsan Nikolaevich asks, smiling.
Of course, our hero shared with us the recipe for Kalmyk tea. He also told the show hostess Diana Kovel about the history of the Kalmyk people during the war and about the restoration of Buddhist temples. Kalmykia is the only Buddhist republic in Europe.

The first president of the Republic of Kalmykia and a long-standing head of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Ulyanovsk last week. This was a real gift for the youth chess community of Ulyanovsk.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the "New Cooperation" forum and later met with chess sections pupils and their parents. The chess player told about his work and life principles, about how, being 9th grade student, he became a champion of the republic and beat famous chess players of Kalmykia.

On February 4, the traditional international Russian State Social University Chess Cup "Moscow Open- 2018" finished within the walls of RSSU. It was held for the 14th time, comprising eight tournaments. On the closing day of competition, the Stadion correspondent talked about the tournament with FIDE head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov:

"I remember I visited RSSU during the very first tournament. Then I did not even think that it would become traditional. I am grateful to university authorities for the fact that people have kept this tradition.

Parents from all over Moscow tend to enrol their children into private lyceum kindergarten school Nadezhda (‘Hope’ in Russian, Ed.)". Perhaps because all graduates of this school are guaranteed to enter prestigious universities not only in Russia, but also abroad. And perhaps because children are encouraged to study so much there that they are happy to go to school and spend whole days there.  

President of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov intends to once again take part in the election of FIDE President. In the near future, Ilyumzhinov will ask the Russian Chess Federation to support his nomination.

- Do regions representatives say they will support you if you are nominated for the post of RCF President?

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov recently visited Israel. The election of FIDE President will be held in September 2018; meanwhile its current leader is actively travelling around the world: he visited Slovenia, Tunisia, Sudan, the UK and Finland. But Ilyumzhinov rejected suggestion that he was trying to win support of local federations on the eve of the elections. "I have one goal: to popularize chess," he said.

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