On 15 August, 15 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Tashkent. He met with the UCF President Dmitry Li in the office of the Uzbekistan Chess Federation.

During the talks, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov cordially thanked Dmitry Li for the recent Decree of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev introducing chess as an obligatory subject in 150 schools’ programme.


On 14 August, in his Moscow office, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov received the delegation of the South African Republic’s Chess Federation headed by one of the leaders of the South African Football Federation Kgaugelo Mosetlh. During the talks, the parties discussed important issues: the development and popularization of chess in South Africa, as well as the work of Kara Chess Academy.
During the conversation, special attention was paid to the issue of registration and further activities of the "Chess for Peace - Kirsan Foundation" charitable body in the capital of South Africa.

On 9 August, Orthodox Christians celebrate the Day of the Holy Great Martyr and healer Panteleimon. In his tweet, Kirsan Nikolayevich congratulated everyone on this great holiday and, exclusively for website, told how he visited Mount Athos in February 2005. The purpose of his trip was Saint Panteleimon Russian Monastery, where FIDE President (at that time the head of Kalmykia) bowed to the relics of Saint Holy Martyr Panteleimon.


On 8 August, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated all chess players on the International Cat Day. The congratulation reads as follows:
"I congratulate all chess players and fans of the ancient game on International Cat Day, which is celebrated at the initiative of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. I appeal to all who loves furry homestayers, to those who care about the fate of the little tigers that bring fun into our lives. I know that there are few people on the planet who do not care for these graceful, mobile, affectionate and very intelligent creatures.

A letter from the Serbian director Simo Brdar came to the head of FIDE’s Moscow office. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov found this letter to be very interesting, and we publish it unabridged:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich. At the moment we started work on a documentary about chess. To be more precise, this film is about the amazing chess player Rade Tsviyich who lives in a remote village of Akhmetov Tsi in Republika Srpska.

On 30 July, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a congratulatory letter to Yunus-Bek Yevkurov. The letter reads as follows:
"Dear Yunus-Bek Bamatgireyevich! Please, accept my warmest and most sincere congratulations on your birthday! You are known and respected as a wise politician, an experienced leader, a thoughtful and considerate person who contributes much for the development and prosperity of Ingushetia.

On 28 July, the head of FIDE congratulated the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill on the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus and the Day of Remembrance of the St. Grand Duke Vladimir of Russia, the Baptist of Russia.
The congratulatory message reads as follows:
"Your Holiness,
I wholeheartedly congratulate you and in your person all the Orthodox believers of Russia with the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia and the Day of Remembrance of the St. Grand Duke Vladimir, the Baptist of Russia.

On 29 July, "Live Chess" historical tournament will take place on the Borodino Field. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a congratulatory letter to the organizers, participants and guests of this significant event. The letter reads as follows:

"Dear friends! With all my heart I greet and commend the participants, organizers and guests of the "Live Chess" historic tournament on the Borodino Field.
I am proud that this momentous and unique event was organized by the Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve together with the Military Historical Society.

The Moscow office of FIDE President received an invitation letter from Director of the State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve Igor Korneev. The letter reads as follows:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! The State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve has the honour to invite you as an Honoured Guest for "Live Chess" historic tournament at Borodino Field on 29 July, 2018.

4 July, in his Moscow office, FIDE head held a business meeting with the Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain Julio Diaz Sevilllano.

During the conversation, issues of mutual interest were discussed. The Counsellor of the Embassy of Spain shared his impressions of the recent FIFA World Cup and the match between Spain and Russia.

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