On November 21, the Moscow Championship in classical chess ended in the Moscow Chess Club and the Moscow Survey Office.

On November 24, the ceremony of awarding the winners of the tournament took place at the Moscow Chess Club. They received cups, valuable prizes and gifts!
For nine days, 257 young chess players fought for prizes and access to the 2022 Russian Chess Championship. The tournament was held according to the Swiss system in nine rounds with a time control of 90 minutes for each player per game plus 30 seconds for each move, starting from the first.
The tournament was attended by chess players from Kalmykia playing for Moscow: Roman Shogdzhiev, Sofia Kekeeva, Lidzhi Godzhurov, Alexey Shushunov and Adian Boktaev. For the first time in the history of Moscow chess, our chess players won three prizes!
Roman Shogdzhiev took third place among boys under 11 years old, Sofia Kekeeva took second place among girls under 17 years old and Aleksey Shushunov took second place among boys under 17 years old. All our prize-winners received the right to compete in the Higher League of the 2022 Russia Chess Championship.

Grandmaster from St. Petersburg Alexander Khalifman won the title of FIDE world champion in 1999 in a grand knockout tournament that was hosted by Las Vegas. Then the former president of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said: “I was relieved of the problem of eternally feuding Kasparov and Karpov by making Khalifman the champion.”

Khalifman is still very authoritative in the chess world. He is known as an erudite and theorist, author of popular chess manuals and a wonderful commentator. His students give a fitting rebuff to Magnus Carlsen over the chess board. Before the championship match between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi, Khalifman spoke about his expectations from the upcoming battle.
- Alexander, is Magnus the greatest champion in history? Or are the successes of Kasparov and Fischer no less significant?
- All world champions are great, and I don't see any point in comparing them.

I read a lot about how in the spring of 1945 people had the feeling that the Second World War would be the last global massacre in the history of mankind. After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the shocked Einstein uttered his famous phrase that the fourth world war would be fought with stones and sticks. Yet people, for the most part, wanted to believe that the peace would last forever.

By the way, then practically no one knew, and even today it is a revelation for many that by May 22, 1945, by order of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Unthinkable plan was developed, which assumed a military conflict between England and the United States with its yesterday's ally - the USSR.
This is how the British politician, who only recently praised the country that "defeated Nazi tyranny", initiated preparations for the third world war. Since then, the development of plans for the destruction of Russia has become a constant occupation of the generals and politicians of NATO countries. Former US Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul also spoke about the need to "curb" Russia some time ago. Why they needed to occupy the foreign lands, neither McFaul nor his colleagues from the bloc countries have explained, but so far, their words often find a grateful audience.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a talk on Educating the Heart in the New Millennium followed by a question and answer online session from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on November 24th organized by Palas Athena, a Brazilian NGO. “My hope and wish is that, one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call ‘education of the heart. Education has an important role to play in cultivating personal concern and responsibility, social concern and responsibility, and universal concern and responsibility regarding the welfare of others," notes Dalai Lama.

The celebration of the national holiday Zul in 2021 falls on 29th December. The representative of the Khurul Yonten-gelung explained: “According to our, Kalmyk, astrological tradition, which we have been following for many years, Zul will be celebrated on December 29th. The whole of central Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrate this day with us."

The name of the ancient holiday, translated from the Kalmyk language, means lamp. Traditionally, on this day, residents of Kalmykia gather in a family circle and light lamps.
In each family, a certain number of sticks-candles, 7-8 cm in size, were prepared in advance from dry clean hollow feather branches. Each candle was wrapped in cotton or pure wool. Number of candles was same as many as the sum of all family members’ age in years with the addition of one stick on top of each family member.
In the old days, birthdays were not celebrated in Kalmyk families, and therefore there was a common Zul holiday for all Kalmyks also called "The Day of the Increasing Age of the Kalmyk People." It should be noted that not everyone got older on the day of Zul. Men considered to be one year older a week later, on the first day of the next month.

On October 5, 1996, the first in the region, built in accordance with all the canons of a Buddhist temple, the largest khurul of the republic at that time, Syakusn-Syume, was solemnly opened six kilometres from the capital of Kalmykia, not far from the village of Arshan.

The Save Tibet website will soon premiere a new film “Buddha in the heart of the people”. It is about the history of Buddhism in Kalmykia. Buddhism is rightly considered the main spiritual bond of the Kalmyk people for many centuries, and the connection with Tibet and the Dalai Lama is an integral part of Kalmyk society. In the twentieth century, the Kalmyk people experienced the most difficult trials - civil and great patriotic war, deportation to Siberia, almost complete destruction of religious and cultural traditions. These difficult pages of history in the film "Buddha in the Heart of the People" are explained by scientists and researchers, guardians of spiritual and material values. The film was created in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Buddhist temple "Geden Sheddub Choi Korling" (Syakusn-Syume) in Kalmykia.

 

November 15, 2021 marked the 111th anniversary of the birth of an outstanding son of the Kalmyk people, a major military, statesman and public figure of the Russian Federation and Kalmykia Basan Gorodovikov.

Dozens of books, memoirs, poetic dedications, essays, newspaper publications, television films have been written about the life and work of Gorodovikov, his military path, and his merits in state building. The life of a wonderful person - a commander, creator Basan Gorodovikov is an example of selfless service to his people.

 Basan Gorodovikov was born into a peasant family in Mokraya Yelmuta on November 15, 1910. Member of the CPSU since 1939. Graduated from 8 classes. Joined the Red Army in 1927. In 1930, he graduated from the cavalry school and from the Military Academy named after M. Frunze in 1938.

He went to the Great Patriotic War in July 1941. Commanding the 251st Infantry Division of the 31st Army, Colonel Basan Gorodovikov took part in the Rzhev-Vyazemsk operation of the Western Front troops, during which the soldiers of his division liberated the city of Sychevka on March 8, 1943.

On November 13, My Planet TV channel will broadcast a programme about Kalmykia. The central khurul of Kalmykia has become the main filming point for the new project called “There is nothing like home". Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni is the main Buddhist temple of the Republic of Kalmykia. This is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe. The building is 63 meters high and houses the largest nine-meter statue of Buddha in Russia.

The project was launched on My Planet TV channel on November 4. Leading the project, Andrey Ponkratov finds analogues to world sights while traveling across Russia. The main goal of the project is to show that you can see all the sights of the world without leaving Russia.

His Holiness noted that many outstanding Buddhist teachers come from Russia. The role of Russia in the future world is very important. Interest in the teachings of the Buddha is reviving in Russia’s traditionally Buddhist regions. This was stated by the 14th Dalai Lama at an online exercise for the Russians.

- Geographically, Russia is very important. This part of the world is very important. Traditionally, several Russian republics and regions are Buddhist - their population practices Buddhism. Many outstanding Buddhist teachers come from these republics, - he told RIA Novosti.
Currently, according to him, in the Russian Buddhist regions there is "a new interest in the teachings of the Buddha."
“The most important thing now is education: it is necessary to study Buddhism,” the Dalai Lama urged.
He added that in many regions of Russia, Buddhism is "part of the traditional religious culture of the ancestors."
“It is very important that you preserve the cultural wealth of your ancestors,” the Dalai Lama addressed the Russians.
According to him, Buddhist logic, philosophy and academic knowledge make it possible to deeper cognize noble truths and get rid of ignorance and egoism. Buddhist practices also develop love and compassion. All this allows people to eliminate sadness, anger and reduce suffering. And modern Western science such as quantum physics, reveals more and more parallels with Buddhist teachings.

Bryansk grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi gave a long interview to the TASS agency, in which he spoke about his career as a chess player and the upcoming fight with world champion Magnus Carlsen.

The native of Bryansk called his relationship with the Norwegian friendly, noting that he had never felt reverence for someone with a higher rating.
Ian Nepomniachtchi said that his grandfather and uncle taught him how to play chess. They also took him to a chess club. 

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