On August 6, first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov went on a business visit to the hero city of Volgograd. The schedule of the visit turned out to be very tight. First, Ilyumzhinov will go to Volgograd State University, where the presentation of the University Chess Club’s project will take place, and later he plans to visit the Volzhsky Orgsintez enterprise.


Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. There are Buddhist temples surrounded by the usual high-rise buildings, national museums and the Stupa of Enlightenment. All these frames Ostap Bender Avenue (by the way, they want to rename it) and the chess aura of Kalmykia established by to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

In Kalmykia, there are many unusual and unique landmarks, for example, the Chernye Zemli reserve with the Manych-Gudilo salt lake and sand dunes near the village of Utta.


Recently, sixth President of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, expressed a very interesting idea that the time has come for chess fans to unite in the International Union.

“Recently, I have been increasingly affirming the opinion that non-professional chess players and chess amateurs need their own international organization focused specifically on spreading chess and protecting the interests of amateurs. A kind of Union of Chess Lovers”.
No doubt, there are many questions. Why create a new organization and won't International Union of Chess Lovers duplicate certain functions of FIDE? I asked this question Kirsan Ilyumzhinov by phone. I quote his answer:


On August 1, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Pakistani businesspersons and congratulated them on the Eid al-Adha holiday. During the meeting, the parties discussed a number of promising business projects.

Ilyumzhinov also congratulated Mr Shafqat Ali Khan on his appointment as the head of the chief diplomatic envoy of Pakistan to Russia. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov highly appreciated the interview of Mr Shavkat Ali Khan given to Politexpert, in which he spoke about the removal of the main barrier in relations with Russia.


I sincerely congratulate all the faithful Muslims of Russia and the world on one of the most revered holidays of Islam, Eid al-Adha! This is a bright holiday of cleansing the spirit, when, forgetting about vanity, people become closer to each other and gather at the same table with relatives, relatives and friends to support everyone who needs help.

Eid al-Adha is a true symbol of spiritual purification and justice, the desire to follow the path of moral improvement. This holiday commemorates the end of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha awakens the best aspirations in the souls of believers: compassion, selflessness and mercy towards their neighbours.


On July 29, all progressive humanity celebrated the International Tiger Day. On this day, our website staff congratulated Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who was born in the year of the Tiger Day. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in our opinion, fully corresponds to the proud character of a Tiger.

Everyone knows about his bravery. Only one episode: he walked to the House of Soviets under bullets. He walked boldly, straight, without fear and reproach.

The other day, the social media advised that the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which was supposed to start on July 23, but was subsequently postponed to the next year due to the pandemic, might not take place at all. The reason why? According to the head of the Japanese organizing committee for the 2020 Games Yoshiro Mori, this can happen if the pandemic cannot be stopped within a year. The possibility of holding the Olympics with a minimum number of spectators, or even without them is also considered.

The background to the concern is banal: money. According to Yoshiro-san, the delay has already robbed the Tokyo Olympics budget of several billion dollars. Obviously, the absence of living spectators will completely pierce a fatal hole in it. It is no secret that the organizers of the Olympic Games receive the main income from the sale of services, tickets and paraphernalia to sports fans, so the sale of TV broadcasting rights alone is unlikely to make up for the lost income.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama was welcomed by video link by Dr Anupam Sibal, President of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPIO) and Dr Akshay Anand, Professor, PGIMER, Chandigarh, representing the India Yoga Association. 

The 14th Dalai Lama said: “Now, as far as health is concerned, it relates not only to our bodies, but also to our minds and emotions. The practice of compassion and altruism brings us peace of mind. Even if we face trouble or someone is critical of something we’ve said or done, compassion enables us to feel grateful to them. Compassion is the best counter measure to anger, anxiety and so forth.

FIDE President met with the spiritual leader of Buddhists, Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on August 24. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov asked His Holiness to consecrate the Central Buddhist Khurul (temple) in the capital of Kalmykia. Ilyumzhinov told about this on his Twitter account:

“I asked His Holiness and conveyed to him the request from Kalmykia Buddhists to come and consecrate the Central Buddhist Khurul The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, which was built with his blessing in 2005 in Elista. The consecration of the temple will become an important event in the spiritual life of the people!”


Dharma Chakra is one of the most important Buddhist holidays celebrated annually by Buddhists on the fourth lunar day of the sixth lunar month. In 2020, the holiday falls on July 24.

More than two and a half thousand years ago, Buddha Shakyamuni in the sacred place of Varanasi gave five of his disciples the first sermon on the Four Noble Truths. This event has a timeless meaning for all living beings.
This holiday marks the day when Buddha Shakyamuni, after 49 days of silence, attained enlightenment and delivered his first sermon, in which he gave the Teachings on the Four Noble Truths. This knowledge became the basis of Buddhist teachings and it is considered canonical.


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