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.


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.


On February 2, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in his Moscow office with the Chairman of the Union of Cossacks of Kalmykia, Kalmykia Cossack's Ataman of the Great Don Army Erdni Nikolaevich Manzhikov.

Kalmyk Cossacks of Astrakhan, Don, Zaporozhye, Terek, Kuban, Orenburg, and Ural armies covered themselves with unfading glory, defending and expanding the borders of the Russian state.


On 30 January, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in his Moscow office with the mufti of the Chechen Republic, head of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Chechen Republic, Salakh Khadzhi Mezhiyev. At the meeting, the eternal question about religions was discussed. They talked about Islam and Buddhism and how, in our difficult time, a person could save his soul and not lose it. 

On 31 January, the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the President of the Republic of Moldova, President of the Moldovan Chess Federation Igor Dodon. Kirsan Nikolayevich and Igor Nikolayevich are bound by old friendship and mutual respect, which is why their conversation was non-formal, warm and substantial.

Igor Dodon arrived in Moscow on an official working visit. On 30 January, the President of Moldova met with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. 

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