On March 1, the 78th Golden Globe Awards took place in Los Angeles.

The acclaimed TV series Queen's Gambit was nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and Anya Taylor-Joy, who performed female Fischer, nominated for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie. Competitors were "Normal People", "Play Back", "Voice of Change" and "Unorthodox". Nominees were Nicole Kidman, Shira Haas, Cate Blanchett, Daisy Edgar-Jones.
The chess theme prevailed: Anya Taylor-Joy, who played Harmon, was awarded a Golden Globe, and the Queen's Gambit film was also awarded a Golden Globe.

On March 2, first and last president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his anniversary. First President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov greeted Mikhail Gorbachev on his birthday.

“Dear Mikhail Sergeevich! I wish you all the best on your birthday! You are the person who more than others influenced the modern world order and the balance of political forces. It is not without reason that 31 years ago you were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for your contribution to reducing international tension and implementing the policy of transparency.
For me, Mikhail Sergeevich, you are a person who offered a new view of the world. You were the first to announce to the world community that the Soviet Union can exist in freedom.
You did a lot to change the world and stop considering the Soviet Union a threat. You managed to clear the way for the natural course of history and preserve the main thing: human lives.
You, which is very important for the current generation of Russians to know, have always been loyal to the ideas of humanism and that’s what saved our country from bloody chaos. I am sure, dear Mikhail Sergeevich, that you are in many ways ahead of your time. And everything that you have done, you have done for the good of Russia. I am proud that I had the honour of meeting you.

A film director Yuri Grymov talks about this with first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, you are a very famous political and public figure. In the 90s, you were one of the first persons of both the state and the media space. What is your opinion about the 90s? Perhaps you as Naina Yeltsina would call them blessed? Or was them the dashing 90s?
- Everyone perceives the 90s in their own way. I always remember the 90s with warmth. Because my formation happened in the 90s. In 1989, I graduated from MGIMO and went into business. There was an opportunity to work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but I preferred to go into business. I read an announcement in Moskovsky Komsomolets that a Japanese company from Mitsubishi Corporation was looking for a manager. I was interested in it because in the years 89-90, there was still the Soviet Union and the Communist Party (I was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union). And I started working with the Japanese. Later, I worked in other enterprises and trade companies. I went through everything, and there were various showdowns. But I am grateful to the 90s, because it was interesting time. Now I remember the 90s with warmth and gratitude to the opportunities that our leadership and our party gave.
- Kirsan Nikolaevich, in 1998, on your initiative, a Chess City was built in Elista.
- Yes. In 1995, we won the competition for the right to host the World Chess Olympiad.

On January 24, as we have already reported, 18-year-old Russian grandmaster Andrey Esipenko defeated world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen with white pieces in the eighth round of the Tata Steel Masters chess super tournament in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands). Andrey Esipenko called this day one of the best in his life.

Let us remind you that Andrey Esipenko, who has been playing chess since preschool age, showed his abilities in I Can show on Channel One in 2017. In one minute, he memorized the positions of the chess pieces on five boards and recalled their arrangement. His skills were already noted by sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Now Andrey Esipenko continues to reap the fruits of his successful performance at the Wijk aan Zee tournament and his victory over Magnus Carlsen. On February 8, the 18-year-old grandmaster was honoured at the Rostov State Economic University, of which he is a student. Now the Rostov region waits for the match between Esipenko and Carlsen for the chess crown.

Allayar Shirliev managed to win over President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in 34 moves in Ashgabat in 2017. Later, in 2019, he defeated the famous American grandmaster Nakamura Hikaru in 15 moves, and on July 20 of the same year, he won over his compatriot, international grandmaster Gata Kamsky in 25 moves.

On November 14, 2020, Allayar Shirliev defeated the head coach of the Russian men's national team Alexander Ryazantsev in 53 moves, and Alexander Donchenko in 35 moves. He also defeated the head coach of the German men's national team Georg Mayeri in 69 moves, and a member of the Azerbaijani national team Eltas Saparli in 68 moves.
Also, on December 7 and 11, 2020, he won over the Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Rasulov in 28 moves.
And on February 23, 2021 a chess player from Turkmenistan Allayar Shirliev defeated the Azerbaijani grandmaster, world rapid and blitz champion Shahriyar Mamedyarov in 43 moves in an online tournament organized by the Turkish Chess Federation.

On February 24, an extended ritual "Neden Chakchod (Prayers to the 16 Arhats)" is being held in the Central Khurul of the Republic of Kalmykia "The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni”.

As you are aware, on July 6, the Buddhist world celebrated the 85th birthday of the Nobel laureate, spiritual leader of the Tibetan and Mongolian peoples, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. Festive events are also held in a number of Russian regions traditionally professing Buddhism (Kalmykia, Buryatia, and Tyva).
This ritual "Neden Chakchod (Prayers to the 16 Arhats)" will be held on the first Wednesday of each month until July 6, 2021. During the ritual, monks turn to Buddha Shakyamuni and the 16 Arhats, relying on the qualities and merits of a long life of holy beings, with a request to pacify diseases, eliminate harm done by spirits and other obstructing forces and to extend the life span as well as increase good merits.
The ritual is dedicated to the health, long life and well-being of the Spiritual Leader of the Buddhists of the world, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.
In addition, from February 25 to 27, Ik Yurul - the Great Prayer Meeting (Monlam Chenmo), established in 1409 by Lama Tsongkhapa in honour of the miracles performed by Buddha Shakyamuni, will take place in the Central Khurul of Kalmykia "The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni".

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated friends and compatriots on Defender of the Fatherland Day:

“Warriors of the army and navy, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, representatives of power structures - whoever is ready to immediately protect our great Motherland from any external encroachments - I cordially congratulate you on Defender of the Fatherland Day.
The subject of our special pride is the military traditions of the Russian Armed Forces. Our fathers and grandfathers heroically defended the Motherland during the years of severe trials. Now, in peacetime, we must cherish the memory of the glorious traditions of the Russian military feat.
I would especially like to congratulate the soldiers and officers who served and are serving in military unit 52923 of the North Caucasus Military District, where I served in 1980-1982.
With all my heart, I wish everyone who is worthily fulfilling their military duty today, honestly and faithfully serving Russia, success in their hard work. May our veterans always have strong health, happiness and a peaceful sky over their heads!"

On February 19, 2021, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Russia Said Jawad at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Moscow.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the upcoming visit of Ilyumzhinov to the Republic of Afghanistan, a number of cultural and economic issues, as well as opportunities for the implementation of a number of humanitarian projects.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Russia Said Jawad wrote on his social network: “I was glad to meet first President of the Republic of Kalmykia, former President of FIDE, an influential CEO and politician Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, to discuss mutually beneficial cooperation between Afghanistan and Russia”.

On February 18, sixth President of the FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took part in a press conference in TASS, dedicated to the Moscow Open chess tournament to be held from February 19 to February 28. The press conference was attended by President of the Moscow Chess Federation Sergei Lazarev, Rector of the Russian State Social University Natalya Pochinok, founder of the ‘Constellation of Good’ Foundation Olga Zhuravskaya, and grandmaster, three-time chess Olympiad winner Valentina Gunina.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov noted that many outstanding grandmasters made their first appearance at the Moscow Open international tournament.
“17 years ago, many did not believe in its future. But we are alive and well, and now this is not just a tournament, it has become a forge of outstanding chess players,” Ilyumzhinov said. - You can list many masters who went through this tournament. This is one of the centres of the international chess movement and I think it will exist forever."
According to Ilyumzhinov, on his initiative, the university name appeared in the title of the “International Cup of the RSSU Moscow Open”. “We recently talked about this tournament. There were doubts whether or not it could be held during pandemic, and as a result, we got together. I am an old-timer. I participated in it from the very beginning, 17 years ago. In 2003, at a meeting at the RSSU, I suggested calling it "RSSU open", because there are more than a hundred universities in Moscow, but it was the RSSU that decided to become the host and organizer of this tournament," he stressed.

“On February 17, the funeral of the mother of 12th world chess champion, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Anatoly Karpov Nina Karpova, took place. She died on 14 February. She was 101 years old. I offer my most sincere condolences to Anatoly Karpov and all the relatives and friends of the deceased.

Nina Karpova devoted her life to raising her beautiful children. This is an irreparable loss for your family and I share your grief. I am sure that the bright memory of Nina Karpova will forever remain in the hearts of everyone who knew her."
Editor’s note: The Karpov family is from Zlatoust (Chelyabinsk region). Karpov’s father Evgeny Stepanovich (1918 - 1979) worked as a senior supervisor at a factory. He was a great lover of chess. He introduced little Tolya to this game. Anatoly Karpov's mother worked throughout the Great Patriotic War at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant that produced tanks at that time.

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