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.

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.

Dear Thupten Ngodrup! I sincerely congratulate you on your anniversary. I am sure that all Buddhists of the world will say the most pure, bright and touching prayers in honour of your 60th anniversary on this precious day.

I wholeheartedly thank you for your many years of giving people your attention, support and invaluable help -- kindness, love and compassion; saving the desperate and giving hope to the lost in despair.

On July 10, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with local politicians and businessmen in Tbilisi, including director of the Centre of Innovative Development of Enterprises Tamaz Vashakidze and leader of the Georgian Idea political movement Levan Chachua.

Incidentally, FIDE president stopped at The Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel, which was built and grandly opened by Ilyumzhinov's long-time friend Sheikh Nahayan (UAE) in 2016.

The brightest figure of Russian Internet, one of the best Russian journalists, a well-known philanthropist and public activist Anton Nosik passed away yesterday.

Anton Nosik has always been a special and outstanding person. And I, in my constant haste and rush, never had time to shake hands with the freest person in the world – a man who once supported me when I really needed it. And he did it like he did everything – with talent and inventiveness.

Your Holiness! I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your birthday! For me, as for a Buddhist, it is a great honour and joy to live with you on our planet.

On this day, which is greatly important for all followers of the Buddhist teachings, we are grateful and thankful to you for giving us invaluable lessons in spiritual improvement and realizing the true human values ​​-- goodness, love and compassion.

On July 2, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the Children's Pan American Chess Championship (San Jose, Costa Rica) participated by about 500 boys and girls -- aged between 8 to 18 years -- from 25 countries.

Later, FIDE president visited a coaching seminar led by ex-World Champion Susan (Zsuzsa) Polgar. Ilyumzhinov gave a brief speech at the event with and then answered the questions of those present.

On July 1, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in San Jose. Children's championship of the continent of America, attended by over 500 chess players, started in the capital of Costa Rica.

FIDE President met with head of the Chess Federation of Nicaragua Guy Bendana, head of Chess Federation of Venezuela Fidel Gonzalez and Secretary General of the American Chess Confederation Russell Smith. The schedule of the visit provides for meetings with official representatives of Costa Rica and participation in the meeting of ACC.

On June 30, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held business negotiations in London with prominent businessmen from different countries. The parties discussed launching important chess projects within the framework of the "Chess for peace - Kirsan Foundation" charity foundation, created by President of FIDE.

Ilyumzhinov also met with President of Chess Federation of Mongolia Sainbayar Tserendorj and head of Indonesia Chess Federation Hashim Djojohadikusumo.

I wholeheartedly greet all the faithful Believers with the holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Uraza Bayram!

Uraza Bayram symbolizes the renewal of spiritual forces, the assertion of moral purity, compassion and mercy and recalls the eternal values. From time immemorial, it is celebrated by good deeds, care for the needy and personifies people's desire for self-improvement.

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