First President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave an interview to our website. We present a fragment of a conversation with Kirsan Nikolaevich, which is to be continued.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, are the hard times back again? It would seem that we are no longer surprised by the hardships and sufferings, problems and trials. All our plans go to waste, the insidious virus again invaded the foundations of our life, undermining economic, cultural and even ordinary human ties.
-There is a growing negative attitude in society towards any person as a potential carrier of the virus, and therefore a threat to our life. But we have always dealt with any trouble together, shoulder to shoulder. The Kalmyk people would not have survived in the terrible Siberian exile if there had not been mutual assistance, human unity in the face of a common misfortune.

- However, today you can't even come close to each other due to social distance. Disunity and detachment becomes the norm. So, new times have come: has everyone to survive alone?
- You know, I am not against precautionary measures and I urge my fellow citizens to follow them: not to leave the house without special need and be sure to use personal protective equipment and, yes, to maintain social distance. In my opinion, the danger is not only that you can get infected yourself. It is much more dangerous to infect others, bring illness into you home and infect your loved ones.

What is justice that everyone talks about, but no one really saw it? My regular readers know that I have long been promoting the idea of ​​vitacracy (from the Latin vita "life" and the ancient Greek κράτος "rule, power”, that is, "life power"). In short, it is the right to life for all. Let me remind you that this idea implies the right of every living creature to life, safety and health, and the right to development and self-realization for a human being. Is it fair? Absolutely! So why do the powers that be of this world brush off vitacracy like an annoying fly, pretending that such an idea does not exist?

To begin with, there is no vitacracy without justice. Obviously, people have been thinking about justice for a long time. Probably even long before Aristotle and Plato, who are considered the first developers of the theory of justice. Moreover, according to neuroscientists, a sense of justice is embedded in the very structure of a developed brain. Experts say that it is inherent even in animals, for example, chimpanzees.


You've hardly heard of chess player Peter Winston, who beat a three-time US champion at 14 and was considered one of the most talented players in the 70s. At the age of 19, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances and has not yet been found. The disappearance of Peter is a milestone in the history of American chess, of which historians, politicians and journalists write decades later. 

Since childhood, Peter was considered a genius, and there was a reason:
• at 18 months, he learned the alphabet by looking at the volumes of the Britannica, and soon he was able to read;
• by the age of three, Peter understood fractional numbers. As contemporaries recall, he could immediately tell what week his birthday would fall in any year;
• at the age of 5, Winston spoke to the elementary class with a detailed analysis of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, information about which he collected from newspapers and TV shows.
In 1964, The Saturday Evening Post published an article about Peter Winston (right next to Thomas Pynchon's story), a 6-year-old genius boy who went to Sands Point, a school for the gifted on Long Island.


On October 17, the Russian version of the 80s musical Chess was presented at the Moscow Youth Palace. The musical Chess was created by three outstanding authors: Sir Tim Rice - playwright, winner of the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards, creator of Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and The Lion King and also composers and songwriters Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus whose names are immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are also renowned as songwriters and producers of the famous group ABBA.

The plot is based on the gripping story of the rivalry between Russian and American grandmasters for the world chess crown during the Cold War between the two superpowers, the USSR and the USA. A big game and two women who suddenly change its entire course! The emotional intensity of what is happening on the stage is beyond description. The drama of love and hatred, loyalty and betrayal, victory and defeat, betrayal and patriotism, worldwide recognition and complete loneliness, based on real events from the recent past in the history cannot leave the audience indifferent. Three main characters: Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer formed the basis of the musical Chess.
The premiere took place in London in 1986, and a couple of years later the show - listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most famous musical about chess - was staged on Broadway.


Reports from the zone of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh cause great pain in our hearts. I do not want and will not now weigh the arguments of the parties on any scales. The important thing is that blood is being shed and innocent people are dying.

That is why with all my heart I welcome the results of the talks between the plenipotentiaries of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the situation in the conflict zone, which were held in Moscow at the initiative of Russia. Now it is necessary to ensure that the ceasefire agreements are strictly observed by the parties.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, supported Moscow's efforts to find options for a comprehensive peaceful settlement of existing conflicts. The need for mutual efforts was emphasized to end the bloodshed as soon as possible. The parties have to move to a peaceful resolution of all disputes on the Karabakh problem.


Neither economics nor politics can justify  the oppression of human beings, the crushing of their delicate and complex inner worlds, their beliefs, principles , morals and spirit. However, those in power do try to destroy and influence. Without our willing it or even being aware' of it billions of cells live in each one of us. Why not use these cells against the people themselves? Each hair and molecule exists independent of our will, thoughts and feelings. So it is possible to suppress people's emotions and desires at a molecular level. We live most of our lives chaotically and unconsciously . So it is possible to increase the chaos, penetrate people's dreams, ruin their inner selves, subjugate them and make docile automatons out of them. We long for communication because deep down we are afraid to be alone. Why not intensify this fear?


First President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told how the club wanted to hire ex-forward Diego Maradona as a playing coach. According to Ilyumzhinov, who at the end of the 90s was the president of Uralan, negotiations were held with Maradona discussing the price of the contract.
“We didn't need him so much as a coach. We agreed that he would be a playing coach: he would go out on the field a couple of times and hit the ball. He was needed for us both for young people and for the inhabitants of Kalmykia, as a football symbol. But he had a health problem, and therefore we did not sign the contract. Albeit, everything was ready, "Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with Match TV.

On October 4, 2020, Darwin Cup open children's rapid chess tournament was held at the Darwin Museum in Moscow sponsored by the Pedagogical Chess Union. More than 70 children from 5 to 16 years old took part in the Darwin Cup drawing. A category A favourite (born in 2013 and younger), five-year-old Kalmyk chess player Roman Shogdzhiev, playing for Moscow (coach Dmitry Sarangov), took part in the tournament.

The young player once again proved his superiority in his age group by showing 100% result (5 points out of 5), finishing all games with a victory.
A week earlier, on September 26, 2020, at the Moscow House of Nationalities, Roman won a convincing victory in Journey to the Crown the 13th Children's Chess Tournament organized by the ‘Glory to Fatherland’ society

We present to your attention the letter that came to our editorial office.  Boris from Stavropol wrote to us about how the FIDE presidential elections were held. Here is a small fragment from the letter.

“… There was an episode that our family witnessed. It happened in Norway in 2014. In the polar town of Tromsø, a few days before the FIDE presidential elections, the atmosphere is nervous and tense. Delegations are huddled in small groups, whispers are heard in the corners.
Kasparov seems to be leading the race. All streets and bus stops are decorated with his gloomy dark posters. The American is guided by the "principles of Machiavelli": everything is justified for victory. One after another, “promotions” are held: Kasparov generously treats delegations in restaurants, clubs and on yachts, gives expensive gifts (Apple gadgets, laptops) to representatives of wavering countries.

In honour of the 15th anniversary of Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni Central Khurul, it hosted "Three visits of the Dalai Lama" photo exhibition by the famous photographer, Honoured Worker of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nikolai Boshev, who captured the Teacher's stay on Kalmyk land in 1991, 1992 and 2004.

The head of the Buddhists of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche addressed the audience with a welcoming speech. Opening the exhibition, he reminded everyone that this year His Holiness turned 85, in many countries of the world Buddhists declared this year the year of gratitude to the 14th Dalai Lama and this exhibition is also timed to this event.


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