Opinion
 

Yesterday, Kirsan Nikolaevich called the editorial office of kirsan.today and advised me to watch the film Queen of Katwe. When I asked him what it was about, he gave an exhaustive answer: "Watch and you will not regret." And he added: "Everything there is like in real life. A pawn has all chances to become a queen if it wants to. Do not be afraid of being a small man, everything is in your hands." I understood. Must watch. But first, we would like to tell you a little about the film.
Queen of Katwe was released in 2016. Running time: 124 minutes. Genre: Drama, Sports. Countries: USA, South Africa. Directed by Mira Nair. Screenplay by William Wheeler. Based on a book of Tim Crothers. Produced by John Carls, Lydia Dean Pilcher. Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt.

 

On 20 July, the head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the whole world on the International Chess Day. In 1966, this day was included into the calendar of memorable dates of UNESCO.
"Millions of people play chess in all corners of the planet, in all countries. We want billions to play chess. Why? Because chess is an ancient and beautiful intellectual game," Ilyumzhinov said. He added that chess is much better than war.

Participant of a match for the title of the World Chess Champion, FIDE Cup winner Sergey Karyakin in an interview with Govorit Moskva said that the cause of Ilyumzhinov's disgrace was his personal contradictions with the vice-president of the federation Georgios Makropoulos.

"I wasn’t surprised by what’s happened. There are several reasons including the US sanctions against him and the freezing of FIDE accounts by Swiss banks.

The World Chess Olympiad, which starts in Batumi on 23 September with the participation of the Azerbaijani national team, will be interesting not only for its sports component. During the main chess event of the biennium, FIDE presidential election will take place at the FIDE Congress. Its long-term president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has already announced that he will not run for another term, so FIDE will have a new leader.

I have not written about chess officials yet. Mostly I write about chess players. It's understandable. However, it would be totally wrong to ignore one official person. You might have already guessed that this number one person is FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

In recent years, the image of international sports offices has deteriorated so much that it more resembles the Augean stables than the organizations for sports development.

"More than 80 national chess federations are ready to support the candidacy of incumbent president of the International Chess Organization, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in the forthcoming FIDE elections," said a source familiar with the situation.
"In total, there are 83 such federations (supporting Ilyumzhinov). Of these, 23 are European, 22 are Asian, 34 are African and 4 are from the American continent," he said to reporters, responding to clarifying question of Interfax.

The role of the individual in history is great, and whether someone likes it or not, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has done incredibly much to create a modern image of Kalmykia.

I really do not want to make a judgement: it’s irrelevant whether he is good or bad. What is more important is that this person has changed the image of the whole republic. Now tell me, has anyone in Russia could compare with him? Could anyone be so influential?
I can only think of Ramzan Kadyrov, who created the modern Grozny, but it’s hardly a good example. You cannot compare Ramzan and Kirsan’s budgets.

State Duma Deputy Igor Lebedev commented on the reasoning part of the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) acquitting the Russian skier Alexander Legkov.

"Now it’s time for the Russian side to take a move. I have already made a proposal for the first step. It is necessary to create a State Duma committee for tracing all Western media publications against our sportsmen that are based on Grigory Rodchenkov’s statements. After that, sue them.

This intellectual game began to be taught on a par with general educational subjects in the schools of Ingushetia. The programme is called "Chess in schools". This means that children learn the wisdom of the ancient game at the lessons along with mathematics, geography and literature. The project provides for the teaching of chess as a subject that stimulates the intellectual development of a child.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov did what our sports chiefs do not risk to do at the moment: he went to the courts. A few years ago, the US Treasury imposed personal sanctions against him for "highly likely" cooperation with the Assad clan in Syria. He was accused of having mediated in the sale of oil to the Islamic State. According to Ilyumzhinov, the only reason for this decision was Garry Kasparov's interview with the Guardian.

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