I have long wanted to tell about activities of Ilyumzhinov as the first President of the Republic of Kalmykia and his enormous contribution to the revival of Buddhism in Kalmykia.    

I want to remind you that Ilyumzhinov headed the Republic of Kalmykia and FIDE at almost the same time. And it was not by chance that he had to solve similar problems both in Kalmykia and in FIDE. Revival of the chess world and revival of Kalmykia became his main concern for many years. And it so happened that in carrying out this mission he was fortunate enough to meet a man who with confidence can be called "the man of the Renaissance." I am referring to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.


We live in an era of change. There are new centres of power, new centres of cultural and spiritual attraction. I am sure that an ancient and still unknown to us Uzbekistan will becomeone of such centres. 

I have said many times that, from the point of view of a Buddhist, we live in an amazingly interesting time - the time of transition from the era of Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha of Compassion to the era of Buddha Maitreya, the Buddha of Love. And, as in any transitional period, our life changes: forgotten facts suddenly re-emerge from the history completely changing our ideas about the world. Ancient traditions are being revived.


Last night, Kirsan Nikolaevich called kirsan.today’s editorial office and asked if any of us had read The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie. It’s about the wonderful salvation and the amazing fate of a street kitten from the slums. We admitted that no one had read it.
"So read it," advised Ilyumzhinov. Realizing that I will be the first among my colleagues to read it, I, just in case, asked what the book is about. Kirsan Nikolaevich’s answer was short but precise: it is about Buddhism, life and a cat.

The first reason. Resembling a decorated festive cake, the capital of Kalmykia is located in the middle of the southern Russian steppes. It is impossible to see so many pagodas, stupas and eastern temples in any other European part of our country. However, it is a common scene in one of the centres of world Buddhism.

The main attraction is visible from any part of the city. The huge snow-white 56 meter high ‘the Golden Abode of the Buddha Shakyamuni’ was erected in just nine months.

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.

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