The sixth president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov shared his opinion about the match for the world chess crown between the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and the American Fabiano Caruana, the first ten games of which were tied.

“Tomorrow is 23 years anniversary of the day since I headed FIDE. During this time, we repeatedly held matches for the world chess crown and fought against “grandmaster draws”, when the game ended peacefully on the fifth or sixth move. After all, they are masters and play not only for themselves but also for millions of viewers. And when I opened such matches, I told chess players that it was like a two-man theatre. People need bread and circuses, sacrifices, sparkling moves, which Mikhail Tal - the king of fast games - showed in his time.

The strongest young Asian chess players will compete in the championship in classical chess, rapid chess and blitz at the tournament in Tashkent. Western Asian Junior Chess Championship (players must have been from 6 to 20 years old) will be held in Tashkent from 16 to 23 November 2018. Winners will receive international chess titles - international grandmaster, international master and master of FIDE.

The honour of Uzbekistan will be defended by Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Humoyun Begmuratov, Nodirbek Yakubboev, Abdimalik Abdisalimov, Afruz Khamdamov, Bakhor Abdusattorov, Ortik Nigmatov, Umida Omonova and Almas Rakhmatullaev.


President of the Russian Chess Federation, senior coach of the Russian national chess team Andrey Filatov in the recent interview to Izvestia said:
Kirsan Nikolayevich is a legend of chess. His experience and knowledge would be useful not only for the Russian Chess Federation but also for all Russian sports. We are always happy to see him as our guest and discuss any activity with him.

I would like to tell you about Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as a person who imparts the gift of a strategist. As a person who is able to look into the future and find a way out of the most difficult situations. In my opinion, Ilyumzhinov demonstrated this ability to great effect during his work as FIDE President.   In this connection we shall recall that when the outstanding Soviet chess player, the sixth World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik gave the assessment to the third FIDE President and the fifth World Champion Max Euwe he wrote:  

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’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 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.

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