We present to your attention the letter that came to our editorial office.  Boris from Stavropol wrote to us about how the FIDE presidential elections were held. Here is a small fragment from the letter.

“… There was an episode that our family witnessed. It happened in Norway in 2014. In the polar town of Tromsø, a few days before the FIDE presidential elections, the atmosphere is nervous and tense. Delegations are huddled in small groups, whispers are heard in the corners.
Kasparov seems to be leading the race. All streets and bus stops are decorated with his gloomy dark posters. The American is guided by the "principles of Machiavelli": everything is justified for victory. One after another, “promotions” are held: Kasparov generously treats delegations in restaurants, clubs and on yachts, gives expensive gifts (Apple gadgets, laptops) to representatives of wavering countries.

FC Uralan (Elista). What happened to the team, are there any chances of their return, where did it all start, and what are the former players and coaches doing now? The first president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, composer Arkady Mandzhiev, ex-coach of the team Leonid Slutsky, former footballers Oleg Kuzmin, Erendzhen Tsebekov, Viktor Lidzhiev, Eduard Bogdanov, as well as fans and veterans of the club, spoke about this in the "Disappeared" show.

A bit of history. FC Uralan, which means "Forward" in Kalmyk, was formed in 1958. In 1997, Uralan, having won in the first division, received the right to play in the top division of the football championship.


Exactly one month ago, on August 17, the famous Soviet chess player Mikhail Botvinnik would have been 109 years old. Late tonight a film about him, The Autumn of a Chess Player, made in 1990 was shown on the Culture channel.

The king of Soviet chess fate is amazing: at the age of 14, he won a game against the world chess champion Raul Capablanca. The famous Cuban was persuaded to come in 1925 to a simuls chess tournament on 30 boards in Leningrad. He never expected to lose to the unknown teenager Mikhail Botvinnik. The enraged world-renowned grandmaster did not even shake hands with the winning opponent.
It was the stellar debut of the future multiple world chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The film tells about the birth of the Soviet chess school, about how the top officials of the Soviet state promoted chess tournaments, and why the most coveted game for Botvinnik with Alexander Alekhine, who passed away as an undefeated world champion, did not take place.

The calendar autumn begins tomorrow. There is no need to be sad about it. It is a wonderful time of the year. And if you have good books to read, then the sadness will disappear, as if it never existed. Life is all. There are four seasons. And we are in this wonderful whirlwind.

A man is looking for an answer to the question about the purpose of life. Many never find it. It is believed that this is very difficult and is given only to a select few. The 14th Dalai Lama debunks this myth. He gives a simple and clear answer to this question.


The first Turgenev chess tournament was held in the estate of Ivan Turgenev Spassky-Lutovinovo on July 18. Sixth President of the International Chess Federation, first President of the Republic of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, honoured the competition with his presence.

The reason for tournament was the biography of our great writer: Turgenev was known as "the best chess player among writers and the best writer among chess players". He was elected vice-president of the Baden-Baden chess congress.


On August 15 1990, the leading singer of the Kino group Viktor Tsoi died in a car accident in Latvia. According to the official version, he fell asleep while driving and drove into the oncoming lane, where he collided with a bus. He was buried at the Theological cemetery in St. Petersburg.

30 years passed. But his songs are still popular today. A monument to Viktor Tsoi was erected in the St. Petersburg Park near the Prospect Veterans station.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said about Viktor Tsoi: “It seems to me that he already explained the main thing about himself in an interview, when he said that a man lives not in a state but on the planet Earth. It makes one wonder on what planet Viktor Tsoi lives now. Like many, I think that Tsoi is still alive. Even if not in our dimension.


Kalmykia is the only region in Europe where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. There are Buddhist temples surrounded by the usual high-rise buildings, national museums and the Stupa of Enlightenment. All these frames Ostap Bender Avenue (by the way, they want to rename it) and the chess aura of Kalmykia established by to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

In Kalmykia, there are many unusual and unique landmarks, for example, the Chernye Zemli reserve with the Manych-Gudilo salt lake and sand dunes near the village of Utta.


Recently, sixth President of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, expressed a very interesting idea that the time has come for chess fans to unite in the International Union.

“Recently, I have been increasingly affirming the opinion that non-professional chess players and chess amateurs need their own international organization focused specifically on spreading chess and protecting the interests of amateurs. A kind of Union of Chess Lovers”.
No doubt, there are many questions. Why create a new organization and won't International Union of Chess Lovers duplicate certain functions of FIDE? I asked this question Kirsan Ilyumzhinov by phone. I quote his answer:


I was interested deeply in the First Olympiad. I lived in the same room with the president of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Ivan Byk. Today, all players ask for single rooms, but then I did not pay attention to comfort concentrating on playing. Then the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov built Chess City for the Olympics in Elista. However, when we arrived nothing was ready. As a result, they reduced the number of tours. We played during weekends and we started late. We played in the building, where some repair work continued. However, when you are young, you don’t pay much attention to it.


Our readers paid attention to the new video appeal of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov appeared on our website. It is dedicated to the Day of Russia and its recent history. How it was. How it all started 30 years ago. Well, and as usual, there are no indifferent viewers of this video. We present to your attention several responses to this video appeal.

“Great performance, as always. So much memory and attention to events and details. As always I admire him. It is very interesting . ”
“Good afternoon, Kirsan N. Indeed, history will eventually put everything in its place: Who is right and who is wrong! This was the beginning of the collapse of the USSR and the beginning of the troubles of many Soviet people who instantly became foreigners in Russia. We destroyed our country and began to build a new one without any foundation. Laws did not exist, fixed assets were looted at voucher auctions.


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