The spiritual leader of Buddhists, the 14th Dalai Lama, during an online teaching for Russian Buddhists, told how to get on the path to peace and happiness. Attachment and anger, he says, help to curtail thinking about "emptiness," which makes it clear that not all things are instigated by cause and effect.

His Holiness added that a person should not cling to the alleged true existence of himself, as this leads to suffering. “Thinking about emptiness, we can get rid of clinging to the supposedly true existence of things, our own self and we can generate peace in the mind,” said the Dalai Lama. He concluded that understanding this "transforms the mind."


“The Chess Federation of Russia was against it,” says Ilyumzhinov. “On November 24 1995, fifth FIDE President Florencio Campomanes proposed my candidacy at the FIDE General Assembly in Paris. I decided to consult with the Minister of Sports Shamil Tarpishchev, who headed the sports committee. Shamil said: “No, this is not my competence. Call Andrey Makarov.” Andrey Makarov, deputy of the State Duma, then headed the chess federation strongly influenced by Garry Kasparov then. Makarov said: "Ask Kasparov."

 I called Kasparov. Klara Shagenovna picked up the phone: "Kirsan, why do you do it?" Garry said: "Why are you going to be the president of FIDE?" I said: “Garik, but it's great! A Russian has never been FIDE president. Imagine, we will do a lot together." Garik said: "No, if you join FIDE, you will deceive me ". I said: “How, would I deceive you? Let's do it together." Garry was against me because he created Professional Chess Association with Bessel Kok in the USA in 1993 and he wanted FIDE to cease to exist.

Everyone seems to be praising The Queen's Gambit, but we found someone who doesn’t like the it. Journalist and screenwriter Elena Vanina, co-author of the script for The Last Minister and Londongrad TV series, has joined the podcast “What to watch”. She criticizes the Netflix hit for being soft: the hero of the series, a brilliant chess player, copes with drug addiction too easily. She surprisingly fast gets out of the binge cycle, and immediately after the death of her stepmother, she started her home redecoration.

The podcast presenters Natalya Gredina and Mikhail Fomkin talk with Elena about what distinguishes a good and bad script and why scripts of Russian TV series are often worse than the Western ones.


The Dalai Lama has called on world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of environmental destruction affecting the lives of billions of people and destroying our planet, including his home country of Tibet.

As a call to action, he released a new book in which he stated that if the Buddha returns to this world, "Buddha will be green."
In interviews with Channel 4 News and The Guardian, the Buddhist spiritual leader spoke from the Indian city of Dharamsala, where he lived for about 60 years. He warned that "global warming could reach such a level that rivers will dry up" and that "eventually Tibet will become another Afghanistan", with dire consequences for at least a billion people who depend on water from the "rooftop of the world".


At the very beginning of November, scrolling through friends’ feeds on social networks, I suddenly came across a message that scientists of Indonesia had discovered a new virus that could kill a person in just a few hours. “That’s the last thing we need!” I was alarmed and decided to look for details. Fortunately, in just a couple of clicks it turned out that it was just a prank from a well-known satirical online website specializing in fictional news.

Unfortunately, I was prematurely happy. Just a few days later, a very serious news agency issued a warning to scientists about the danger of an invasion of the Nipah virus. This zoonotic disease, causing meningitis with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, is spread by bats (who else ?!) and was previously known mainly in India and Bangladesh. Now, scientists say, it is spreading fast. What's really happening?


On November 17, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Sharjah (UAE). Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told our correspondent by phone: “I met with friends Afghan businessmen from Khazars by origin, descendants of Genghis Khan's Mongols who settled in Afghanistan. A large group of Khazars executives work in the UAE. We studied with Ajmal Mangal at MGIMO. " 

The editor’s note: Khazars (from Persian هزار, hezâr - "thousand") are the Iranian-speaking Shiites of Mongolian and Turkic origin, inhabiting central Afghanistan (8-10% of the total population of the country).


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the best president in the FIDE history, and judging only by the results, there is no one to compare him with. Alexander Grischuk announced this on the air of Levitov Chess channel.

“The financial situation in chess has improved enormously during the presidency of Ilyumzhinov. I don’t understand at all when he is criticized ... Well, they may criticize, I don’t mind, but when they mix  with dirt ... I cannot understand it. The man is definitely the best FIDE president in history.
Yes, there were negative moments; I'm not saying that he is ideal. But judging only by the results, by the amount of money brought into the sport, there is no one to compare it him. "
“Now we say that today’s chess «is made for the elite”. And if you remember the times before the knockout world championships appeared, then everything was much more elite oriented. Right now, due to quarantine, the situation has changed, but in general, there are so many tournaments of all kinds that were impossible to hold a year ago...

On November 15, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Dubai on a working visit. On the same day, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE met with the head of the family company Mohammad Omar Bin Haider holding group Sheikh Omar Ali Bin Haider.

During business negotiations, Ilyumzhinov discussed with the sheikh joint projects in Sevastopol and Egypt. The other day, Kirsan Nikolayevich met with the port director Igor Chistyakov in Sevastopol.
At the meeting in Dubai, the parties discussed the clauses of an agreement on investing in a project to create a multi-modal trade and logistics complex with the Sevastopol terminal Aval. The aim is in exporting agricultural products through partner grain hubs in the Suez Canal.


On November 13, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Sevastopol on a working visit. He met with the port director Igor Chistyakov who is a legendary person for Sevastopol. After his appointment in 2017, the team of the Crimean Seaports made a real breakthrough, and together they completely stabilized the work of the enterprise. In 2018, Chistyakov was appointed CEO of the State Unitary Enterprise "Sevastopol Sea Port".

During the meeting, the parties discussed joint projects: a work plan for the creation of a multi-modal trade and logistics complex making the Russian Black Sea terminal "Aval" as the sea-gate in Sevastopol.

“It may seem strange, but I think now is a very good time for young chess players. Chess requires methodology; there is no need to take breaks. You need to practise it continuously, and in order to become a better player you must get rid some of your shortcomings. Chess is difficult, so it is necessary to constantly build a knowledge base and skills that will allow you to play at the highest level. The pandemic will end eventually, and immediately after it ends, we will see who spent his time productively. Now is an important time for a young chess player: you can lay the foundation on which your entire career,” Vladimir Kramnik said in an interview with Sport-Express.

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