We remember that in October this year the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Olga Vasilyeva stated that chess classes will be mandatory in the primary classes in the next two years.

Head of the ministry linked this innovation with the need to improve the quality of education. According to the Minister, this programme will be built in such a way that any teacher, regardless of age, will be able to teach children to play chess on the basis of methodical recommendations.

On November 27, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the famous Kalmyk composer and singer Adyan Ubushaev. Adyan wrote in his Instagram account: "At last I met him and talked with him. It’s very strange, but since then I became much more confident in myself. I am not sure how to explain it correctly. I did not expect us to meet. Accidentally I managed to get acquainted with him and from the first moments of our conversation I saw that he is a pleasant and easygoing person without theatrics. The energy and style of Kirsan Nikolaevich is extremely surprising..."

Chairman of the children's and youth committee of St. Petersburg Sports Chess Federation, curator of chess department at boarding school No. 289, president of Petrovskaya Ladia chess club Pavel Drugov gave an interview to Vzglyad newspaper.

- Pavel Igorevich, how beneficial is the initiative of the Ministry of Education?

- Your Grace, the Ministry of Education and Science is going to make chess a compulsory subject in schools. I personally talked with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and he showed me statistical data that proved that chess playing young people commit fewer crimes: they do not drink alcohol or smoke. In other words, chess is beneficial for them. But there is an opinion that the game of chess is prohibited as per church canons. What do the clergymen think about playing chess? Do you play?

I have my own chess history. But there is a prehistory. My father was a candidate for a chess master. My mother was a chess master and the Champion of Moscow among girls. True, it was a long time ago but my parents taught me how to play chess.

The 5th World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili answered the question of St. Petersburg website "City 812" of her attitude towards rapid chess that is in fashion now with assistance of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

"I regret very much that Kirsan Nikolayevich was not a chess leader when I was actively playing. FIDE is now doing everything possible to conduct many tournaments with worthy conditions and excellent prizes," she said.

We must pay tribute to the first president of Kalmykia: he managed to promote the "Kirsan" brand", linking his name and the republic together, which allowed him to confidently become one of the most mentioned people in Russia and in the world.

Many people believed that there could not be Kalmykia without Kirsan. When a young energetic businessman got the hands on the region, he knew what to do with it. Thanks to him, the republic became well-known.

Today, more than 600 million people are passionate about chess, its popularity is growing in Africa and Asia. FIDE is one of the three most influential sports associations in the world. In many respects this is the merit of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who successfully leads FIDE since 1995.

This is confirmed by election in Tromsø in 2014, where Kirsan Nikolayevich won almost two-thirds of the vote against his main competitor Garry Kasparov.

The only region officially professing Buddhism in Europe is located in the south-east of Russia. You can visit the largest Buddhist temple, meditate and taste dishes of Asian cuisine in Kalmykia.

It was practically bare steppe in the USSR. And everything changed only when Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became the President in 1993. Nowadays, pilgrims from all over the world come here to see the Golden Monastery of Buddha Shakyamuni.

First vice-president of the Moscow Chess Federation Nikita Kim talked about the introduction of the Chess in Schools programme in Russia.

"It is important for children not only to study but also to apply knowledge, that is, to play chess. Currently, we are developing a system of tournaments together with the Ministry of Education and departments, so that children of any skill level in chess would be able to realize their abilities. We are working on an electronic platform that would unite children of the whole of Russia," he explained.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov supported plans of Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation to make school chess lessons compulsory.

"When I was head of Kalmykia and we introduced chess in schools, pupils’ academic performance increased by 40 percent. Children began to study better and to win prizes at Olympiads. Chess allows us to develop not only logic but creativity and imagination," FIDE President said.

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