On December 2, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Kazem Jalali at the Iranian Embassy in Moscow. The parties discussed the possibilities for the implementation of humanitarian and economic projects. In particular, they discussed the North-South transport corridor project, as well as the Chess in School programme.

We have already written about The Queen’s Gambit Netflix miniseries. Now it has sparked a surge in American chess popularity that hasn't been seen in half a century. “Chess” searches on google have doubled from October to November, registrations on online chess gaming sites are increasing, and regular chess sets has become difficult to buy.

For example, the online store thechessstore.com says that it is unlikely that their stocks of chess will be able to remain unsold at least until Christmas: the interest in the game is phenomenal, and the supply of Indian wooden chess sets has suspended due to the pandemic situation. Those who could not buy a wooden chess set in the shop resort to online shopping.


On November 28, we invite all our readers to watch the Tonight talk show with Maxim Galkin, in which Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will take part.

“How to react to the numerous eyewitness accounts of encounters with aliens? Is it true that there are yetis in the Moscow region?” The guests and the presenter will talk about this and many other issues.
This Saturday we will talk about the unknown and the paranormal. An exciting evening with famous artists, musicians and writers awaits you: a sea of ​​positive emotions, interesting discoveries and unexpected confessions. Take a break from pressing problems and hard work and join the guests of the show.


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.

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).


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.

On November 15, Kalmykia will celebrate the anniversary of one of its greatest sons, the commander of the 184th Red Banner Dukhovshchinskaya rifle division of the fifth Army of the third Belorussian Front Major General Basan Gorodovikov.

He was born on November 15 1910, in a peasant family on the farm Mokraya Yelmuta (now the Proletarsky district of the Rostov region). He was the member of the CPSU since 1939. He 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.


"Those born in the Soviet Union know that the Great October Socialist Revolution was the main holiday of the USSR. They remember the demonstrations of workers and street festivities.

Since 1996, this holiday has been called the Day of Consent and Reconciliation, and since 2005, it has ceased to be celebrated in our country at all.
I think I will be best understood by people whose childhood, like mine, took place in the Soviet years. Thus, I congratulate everyone on the October Revolution! For many years, this holiday was significant for our parents and grandparents and we shall not forget about it. May the fire lit decades ago never go out!


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