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.

- Why was the question of your non-participation in the next elections raised at Antalya?

It happened because some members of the Executive Board are very afraid of my re-election and try not to allow it. They made a statement: "Due to the fact that Ilyumzhinov is under US sanctions, the FIDE Executive Committee recommends that he refrain from nominating himself for the FIDE presidential elections."

Children's chess club was opened in the city of Elektrostal near Moscow. This happened with the participation of the Swiss charitable foundation "Education for Future Foundation". Its founder, Russian Anaida Schneider made a successful career in the Swiss banking sector.

Anaida talks about why she likes chess, and what role Kirsan Ilyumzhinov played in creating her foundation.

Oleg Komlev, as it turned out, is also an avid chess player. The famous Kaliningrad weightlifter is now working as a chess coach!

"Chess is my love since childhood," he admits. "I started playing when I was 10 years old. I played at home, school and took part in regional competitions. Eventually I started to play at the first adult level. While engaged in weightlifting, I played at training camps and then I taught all my pupils how to play chess."

- An FIDE Executive Board session took place in Antalya recently. Vice President Georgios Makropoulos and his support team recommended that you do not run for FIDE President in 2018. How do they justify their recommendations?

This is a political issue. The US Treasury included me in the sanctions list on November 25, 2015. The pretext was my trip to Syria, where I met with President Bashar Assad and brought them few chess sets.

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