On May 7, the Children's Spring Cup of Russia ended in Yershovo near Moscow (nine rounds with classical time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds for each move).

A Kalmyk chess player, champion of Moscow Roman Shogdzhiev took part in boys under nine-years-old team (coached by Dmitry Sarangov). His main rivals were one year older than Roman. However, he secured first place for himself a round before the end of the tournament.
Taking nine points out of nine possible, the young player repeated his last year's success of the Children's Cup of Russia. Roman was able to compete with older opponents in three additional blitz tournaments (three minutes + two seconds for each move). Result: two first places and one second.
In addition, on the penultimate day of the tournament, a competition of solving chess puzzles took place and again he won the first place!

Dear veterans! Please accept my warmest and most cordial congratulations on the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War!

May 9, 1945 ended the most terrible and bloody war in the history of mankind. In those terrible years, when fascist hordes invaded our land, its best sons and daughters stood up to defend the Motherland.
The Kalmyk people made a worthy contribution to the common Victory. On the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, shoulder to shoulder with other peoples of the USSR, defending the Fatherland, 43,210 natives of the republic fought. For military merits, about four thousand soldiers from our republic were awarded orders and medals. 22 warriors from Kalmykia who showed exceptional courage and heroism were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

On May 7, the oldest grandmaster in the world, Yuri Lvovich Averbakh, passed away. He died at the age of 101. Yuri Averbakh was a former chairman of the USSR Chess Federation, the author of several books about the endgame and the editor-in-chief of the Chess in the USSR and Chess in Russia magazines. In 1949 and 1950, Averbakh became the champion of Moscow, and in 1954 - the champion of the USSR. One variation of the King's Indian Defence in the opening of the game is named after him.

Averbakh was fond of chess from the age of three; he played it from the age of seven. Winner of the All-Union tournament (1938) among schoolchildren. Winner of several international competitions. As part of the USSR national team, he participated in matches with chess players from Argentina, Great Britain, the USA, Uruguay, France, Sweden, Yugoslavia. For his chess achievements he was awarded orders and medals.
Yuri Lvovich lived a long and interesting life. He never betrayed the ancient game, he always thought about the beauty of chess, he perfectly knew and loved the endless world that he saw on the chessboard.

His Holiness will confer the Heruka Initiation of the Luipa Tradition (dechok luipa wang) in the mornings at the request of Gyudmey and Gyuto Tantric Colleges in Dharamsala (venue to be confirmed). July 8 will be the Preliminary Initiation and July 9 and 10 will be the Actual Initiation.

The following events with the participation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are also planned for the near future:
On the morning of May 25, His Holiness will attend a Long Life Prayer offered to him by the Sakya Tibetan Buddhist Tradition in the morning at the Main Tibetan Temple.

On May 1, in Dubai, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with a CEO from Uzbekistan, Mr Akmal. In addition to negotiations on business projects, the Mr Akmal gave Kirsan Ilyumzhinov a letter from the head of LABI HOVUZ BARAKA LLC Mehrigiyo Khayitova, in which Ms Khayitova told Ilyumzhinov about her desire to build a chess pavilion and name it in honour of the sixth FIDE President.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov replied:
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for the warm letter and kind words! I am very pleased to hear the words of recognition of the results of my work as FIDE President.
… I really hope that this Chess Pavilion will become a meeting place for both professional chess players and beginners. In my opinion, it is extremely important to pay attention to every person who is in love with or interested in this beautiful ancient game.
Involving chess fans, and especially children, in various chess tournaments and other events, in my firm opinion, is a very promising direction that needs to be supported and developed in every possible way.


On Earth Day 2022, let us remember that everybody wants to live a happy life. Not only human beings, but animals, birds and insects too. All of us should be concerned about our collective existence. As human beings our marvellous brains provide us with remarkable opportunities to do good, but if we look at how the world is today, we should be able to do better. We need a more holistic education, an education that incorporates inner values, such as a compassionate concern for others’ well-being.

I heartily congratulate all Orthodox Christians on the Bright Resurrection of Christ - Holy Easter!

The great holiday strengthens faith in the triumph of Love and Peace, symbolizes the victory of Light over darkness, encourages the accomplishment of good deeds, unites us all on spiritual values ​​and awakens the desire to live untainted and pure.
Let spring Easter days bring harmony and joy to every home. The triumph of Christ's Resurrection calls to take care of relatives and friends, to be merciful to each other.

The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov received a letter from Dagestan Chess Federation: “Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! The Chess Federation of the Republic of Dagestan, like the entire world chess community, recognizes your great merits in the development and popularization of this intellectual game. It is thanks to your perseverance and ability to find a common language with all the great chess players that the seemingly impossible turned out to be possible, which is the unification of the restless chess world under the auspices of one international organization. For 23 years, under your leadership, FIDE prospered and held a huge number of tournaments of the highest level. Chess has become widespread throughout the world and has become a truly popular sport. Considering the above, it would be a great honour and responsibility for us to name the chess pavilion on the Rhodope Boulevard in Makhachkala after you. This beautiful, comfortable leisure facility for all chess lovers of our capital is in a seaside park, not far from the historical centre of Makhachkala. 

April 19 6th FIDE President, first President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Paris. In 1924, was his last visit there when the World Chess Federation (FIDE) was formed. In two years, as Kirsan Ilyumzhinov noted, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this organization.

In his video message put on our home page, Ilyumzhinov said that he plans to hold a series of meetings with friends and discuss joint projects. Also, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov plans to participate in a major chess tournament.

FC Uralan played for five seasons in the Russian championship: 1998 - 2000 and 2002 - 2003. Its highest achievement was the seventh place in the championship and the semi-finals of the Russian Cup-2000. The main hero of Uralan has always been President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In parallel with his activities at the club, he was the head of Kalmykia, and he had grandiose plans for Uralan. After the championship of Uralan in the first league in 1997, he arranged a holiday at the city square, handed over the keys to brand new cars to all the footballers. And after "Uralan" beat "Spartak" (1:0) on its own stadium in 1998, it gained two players - midfielder Alexander Ignatiev and goalkeeper Andrey Samorukov. 

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