I congratulate all Muslims on one of the most revered holidays of Islam - Eid al-Adha! This bright holiday is a symbol of spiritual purification and justice and desire to follow the path of moral improvement. Eid al-Adha awakens the best aspirations in the souls of believers: compassion, selflessness and mercy towards others.

This holiday comes after the completion of the Hajj – an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims. It reminds that the traditions of Islam, like those of other world religions, are based on the eternal values ​​of goodness, justice, mercy and concern for one's neighbour, regardless of nationality and religion.

July 20 is the International Chess Day. The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated chess players and chess fans on this holiday:

“Dear friends! I am very happy that exactly 55 years ago UNESCO declared July 20 International Chess Day. Of all the sports holidays, only the International Chess Day has become an international and celebrated at the initiative of UNESCO holiday! I congratulate all chess players and chess fans on this wonderful celebration! Today, chess is played by millions of people in all corners of our planet, in all countries, and I wish that billions of people would play chess. The world needs smart people, and smart people need chess, not wars.

It is chess, I am sure, that will save the world. If the number of people playing chess in the whole world increases to at least a billion, then the critical mass of smart people will also increase. And the likelihood will increase that it is the smart ones who will be elected to parliaments, become mayors, presidents or kings.

On July 15, while in Juba, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, told us about the details of the meeting with the South Sudan President Salvatore Kiir Mayardit.

Attending the meeting with the President were National Security Adviser Tut Gatluak Manime, Presidential Special Envoy-Ambassador Albino M. A Aboug and Executive Director of the President's Office Mr. James Val.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thanked the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salvatore Kiir Mayardit for the business-like and constructive conversation. The implementation of the Chess in Schools programme was also discussed.

As we have already reported, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is on a business trip to African countries. The day before, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived from Kenya to the city of Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan.

On July 14, 2021, he met with the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibilities for implementing international investment projects in South Sudan, as well as holding events in the field of culture and sports.
In memory of the meeting, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented the President with a set of souvenir chess.

On July 12, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov began a series of working trips to African countries. On July 12, he visited Kenya.

On July 13, Mr Ilyumzhinov arrived in the capital of South Sudan, Juba. On July 14, a meeting with the President of the country, Mr Salva Kiir, is to take place. On the same day, Ilyumzhinov met with the National Security Advisor to the President of South Sudan, Mr Tut Gatluak.

July 13 marks the 64th birthday of the State Oracle of Tibet Thupten Ngodup (Kuten La). The celebration took place in Dharamshala (India). Ilyumzhinov, while in South Sudan, conveyed his best wishes:

“Dear Thupten Ngodup! Happy birthday to you! All Buddhists of the world on this precious day offer the purest, brightest and most touching prayers for you.

American Mishra broke Sergei Karjakin's 19-year record. In recent years, several young talents - from India or Uzbekistan – came close to Sergei Karjakin's record, but they were just a few months short to break the record of the "youngest grandmaster in history".

And finally, it happened: the United States’ representative Abhimanyu Mishra made it. Karjakin lost his high-profile status after nineteen years.
The youngest grandmasters in history:
1. Abhimanyu Mishra, USA - 12 years, 4 months 25 days old;
2.Sergey Karjakin, Russia - 12 years, 7 months.
Sergey Karjakin reacted philosophically to what has happened: “I had no doubt that sooner or later my record would be broken and I was sure that some of the Indian youths would do it much earlier. You can say that I am still lucky that I held my record for so long.

On July 6, the 14th Dalai Lama, on his 86th birthday, called on everyone to non-violence and compassion and promised to personally adhere to these principles.

“My dear friends! On my birthday, I am giving you a gift. Please remember about it. Until my death, I will adhere to non-violence and compassion. This is my offering to my friends. I hope that my friends will also adhere to non-violence and compassion... This is my account of my life before you. All people, our brothers and sisters, should remember these two values - non-violence and compassion for as long as they live,” the Dalai Lama said in his address.
The spiritual leader of the Buddhists thanked those who treat him with love and trust and promised until the end of his days "to serve humanity and help preserve climatic conditions."
The 14th Dalai Lama (Ngagwang Lovzang Tenjin Gyamtskho) was born on July 6, 1935 into a peasant family in a village in north-eastern Tibet. In 1937 he was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama, and he was enthroned in 1940.
Tibet was incorporated into China in 1959, therefore the Dalai Lama became a refugee and settled in India. After a while thousands of Tibetans moved there, most of them settled in the same area as their leader.

On July 6, the spiritual leader of Buddhists, the Nobel Prize laureate, the 14th Dalai Lama turns 86. The first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his birthday:

“Your Holiness! Happy birthday to you from the bottom of my heart! For the first time I got the blessed opportunity to meet with you in Moscow in 1992. I was then only 27 years old. You have arrived to visit Kalmykia, Tuva and Buryatia. I will never forget this day: I saw you - the living embodiment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara. I could not breathe with excitement, but you just smiled, hugged me and patted me on the shoulder.
In 1993, when I became President of Kalmykia, we decided to make the first official visit of the delegation of the Republic of Kalmykia to Dharamshala, the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India. Having overcome many obstacles, our delegation still came to your residence. It was an unforgettable visit.

On July 1, the honoured coach of Russia Yuri Dokhoyan passed away. International Grandmaster, Honoured Chess Coach of Russia Yuri Dokhoyan died at the age of 57. It is reported that Dokhoyan died from the effects of the coronavirus infection.

Among the pupils of Dokhoyan are the strongest chess players: the 13th world champion Garry Kasparov, Sergey Karjakin, who in 2016 became the winner of the Candidates Tournament, Tatyana and Nadezhda Kazantsev. In recent years, the coach has worked with Russian Andrei Esipenko, who beat the reigning world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen at a tournament in the Netherlands in January 2021.

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