On 14 August, a meeting between young Kalmyk chess players and honoured GMs -  Sanan Syugirov, Baira Kovanova, Darsen Sanzhaev and a candidate in Masters of Sports Arslan Doglaev - took place in the Chess City.

Young chess players Sofia Kekeeva, Bogdan Mastersky, Tamerlan Komaev, Asel Maksutova, Denis Mandzhiev, Alexander Yashkayev, Temir Orgaev and the youngest participant Mergen Mikhailov attended the meeting. In the beginning, they played in teams of children and grandmasters, and then a small blitz tournament was held. Children received excellent experience and joy from communicating with renowned masters. Not every year you can play at the same board with Sanan Syugirov and Baira Kovanova.


On 11 August, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Moscow from South Korea. However, our story about Kirsan Nikolayevich’s visit to Seoul will not be complete if we wouldn’t tell you about one of the most beautiful corners of South Korea, the city of Pyeongchang that held Olympics in 2018. Ilyumzhinov visited it on 10 August when he went to see an ancient Buddhist monastery Woljeongsa.

The monastery is located on the eastern slopes of Odaesan National Mountain Park. This is the most famous Buddhist monastery in the region - the landmark of the park. The monastery was founded in the era of the Silla dynasty in 590-658 by monk Chachdjan.


On 11 August, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew from Seoul to Moscow. On the way from the airport, Ilyumzhinov made a detour to a friend, a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Alikhan Kharsiev. There, together with Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, they played chess.

As Kirsan Nikolayevich said: "Alikhan Anatolyevich made delicious Kalmyk tea, and we praised the sacred holiday of Eid al-Adha."


On 9 August, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived on a working visit to Seoul.

Kirsan Nikolayevich held a series of meetings in the Korean Olympic Committee with the President of Korea Chess Federation Ms Hyun In Suk and Vice President Oh Hando. They discussed participation of children from Kalmykia in chess tournaments held in the Republic of Korea.


On 8 August, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated readers of our website on International Cat Day:

“I have been congratulating my friends, chess players, and all fans of the ancient game on World Cat Day for many years. And I always do it with joy. This holiday of our pets has been celebrated since 2002 at the initiative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
I want to congratulate all who are dear to those very graceful creatures that adorn our lives. All those who cannot imagine life without a cat that, as you know, walks by himself.


On 5 July, the First International Internet Chess Tournament among convicts from seven countries started. On-line matches among the teams of convicts from Russia, England, Armenia, Brazil, Belarus, Italy and the USA took two days. A convict from the Republic of Kalmykia was member of the Russian national team.

Each country was represented by four players who played on Skype according to the all-play-all system. The winner team was determined by the number of points scored.


As we already reported, chess may become a compulsory discipline in Russian schools from 1 September. As an experiment, chess lessons were introduced in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk. The Ministry of Education recognized the experiment as successful. The department noted that the textbooks and teaching programmes are ready, and the teachers are being trained in the regions.

According to the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, academic performance is improving in those schools where the Chess in Schools programme is running. Owing to this programme, student performance has increased by 40% in Kalmykia.


On 4 August, the rector of the Drepung Gomang monastery Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Gyaltsen arrived in Elista and on the same day visited the Central Khurul of Kalmykia "Golden Shrine of Buddha Shakyamuni." The venerable Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Gyaltsen was met by monks led by the rector of the Khurul Anja Gelyung and believers at the main gate of the Khurul.

Incidentally, at a meeting with the monks from this monastery in 2013 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov noted: “Drepung Gomang Monastery is of particular importance for the development of Buddhism in our country. Many lamas from Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tuva studied there.”

The first deputy governor Alexei Orlov About announced this at a press conference on the opening of the chess festival EURASIA OPEN.

The fourth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov commented on this news noting that the history of construction of a building for chess players was very long. On 19 May 2007, on the opening day of the first women's team world championship, the then regional governor Edward Rossel and FIDE head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov laid the foundation stone of the future chess academy.


After we learned that the Elista’s newlyweds Kirsan and Dzhirgala put a video on their Instagram asking subscribers to present them toys to be given to orphanages instead of flowers, we called Kirsan Nikolayevich.

“See, Kirsan Nikolayevich,” we said, “what a wonderful namesake you have! He turned the day of his wedding into a holiday for children from an orphanage.

 The first President of Kalmykia was touched, we immediately understood that. “What a wonderful generation has grown! This means that none I did was in vain. Thanks to the parents who brought up such beautiful children. I wish love, health and happiness to the young couple! May all their dreams come true! ”

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