The past week will be remembered by chess players and fans of the ancient game by the International Chess Day festivities celebrated on July 20. They began to celebrate it back on July 18 with the First Turgenev Chess Tournament in Spassky-Lutovinovo. Later, on July 19, the Crimean Chess Federation annually celebrates its professional holiday with sports competitions of various kinds.

As we already reported, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited both Spassky-Lutovinovo and Crimea. The Russian Chess Federation reported:
“On July 18, the museum-estate Spasskoye-Lutovinovo held a holiday of International Chess Day. The blitz tournament, attended by 52 chess players took place at the Oryol Region.


Restrictions on mass gatherings which are still in force in the Russian Federation did not prevent thousands of Buddhists and well-wishers across Russia from celebrating an auspicious occasion of 85th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with numerous celebratory events being held online. 
Moscow Office of Tibet and Save Tibet Foundation has created a special website to celebrate His Holiness birthday providing an opportunity for everyone, both dignitaries and common people, to send their birthday wish to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The greetings, in video and text format, have been publicly shared and given everyone a chance to rejoice and celebrate together. Click here to visit the website:

The descendant of Pushkin and the Kalmyk princes of the Tundutov is trying to get the opportunity to live in the homeland of his ancestors. Serge Grevenitz, although born in Europe, has a Russian soul and filed a request for Russian citizenship. Now he is learning to speak Russian and getting ready to take an exam. He has already found the house to make it a family nest.

As we recall from the lessons of literature, Pushkin was stuck in Boldino at the end of 1830 due to the cholera epidemic. It resulted in writing “Boldinskaya Autumn”, which is considered to be the peak of his creativity. His descendant Baron Serge came from Paris to Elista, lived there without a break since March, was greeted with love and honour by all, and realized that there was no need to leave, that the Kalmyk spring should turn into summer, autumn and winter.


From 10 to 13 March, Moscow will hold Kalmykia art and culture days as part of celebration of the 100th anniversary of Kalmyk Autonomy. The programme includes “The Way of My Kalmykia” show and a historical and ethnographic exhibition “Kalmykia. From the past to the future”. Also, a mobile art exhibition “And Kalmyk, a steppes’ friend” (Pushkin’s verse- Ed.) will be held. National and state institutions of culture and art of Kalmykia will take part in preparation and conduct of events. This includes the Baatr Basangov Drama Theatre, Anton Amur-Sanan Library, Nikolai Palmov Museum, Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, “Tulip” Academic Song and Dance Ensemble, Oirat Dance Theatre, Symphony Orchestra, Anatoly Tsebekov Choir, Folk Instruments Orchestra as well as children groups: “Tulip”, “Gerel”, “Merry-go-round” and “Freckles”.

More news about the visit of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to South Korea. Colleagues from Korea (thank you!) sent photographs taken last weekend when the sixth FIDE President visited Seoul.

As we reported, Kirsan Nikolayevich held a series of meetings in the Korean Olympic Committee with the Chess Federation President, Ms Hyun In Suk, and Vice President Oh Hando. During the meetings, parties discussed possible participation of Kalmykia children in chess tournaments held in the Republic of Korea.


20 July is the International Chess Day. On the eve of the International Chess Day, the Republican Chess School held a blitz tournament among schoolchildren In Elista. It is called the chess capital of Russia as suggested by the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. More than fifty children under the age of 14 became participants in the competition; all of them are students of the steppe capital’s schools.

As we have already reported, Yevgeny Dodolev’s “Person of Importance” show was presented on the Moscow-24 TV channel on 19 June. The hero of the show was the Russian political leader, the first President of Kalmykia, the sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

During the show, the well-known journalist asked Kirsan Nikolayevich questions: did he play chess with Vladimir Putin? Why is he called the “unruly Kalmyk”? And what connected him with the family of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi?


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wrote on Instagram: “A pretty countrywoman Aysa challenges me to play chess online using Instagram ... I accept the challenge). We will discuss details for the Instagram online match on Tuesday after my visit to Iran. Interestingly, a quarter of a century ago, I signed a decree on compulsory teaching of chess in Kalmykia schools. I wonder how schoolchildren of that time play today)”.

He added: “In connection with the upcoming chess match with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to be held on December 14, Aysa placed a video message to new subscribers on her page.”

A journalist from Buryatia continues his fascinating story about his trip to the capital of Kalmykia, Elista, and how Buddhism helped and helps Kalmyks to be one people. The Inform Policy’s reporter visited the largest Buddhist temple in Europe. We invite the readers of our website to make a fascinating journey through Elista with him.  

Despite the closeness of the language, traditions and culture, Kalmyks are more united as a people than Buryats. It is not because of differences in their history. It is by the example of Kalmyks that Buryats know the truth of the saying ‘one religion, one people’. And that helps them to dispel erroneous stereotypes such as Buddhism made the Mongolian peoples weak in spirit.  

Filming a film about seer Vanga continues on 5 November. Recall that the script of the two-part documentary film is still kept secret and its working title is “The whole truth about Baba Vanga”. According to the authors of the picture, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will reveal to the audience the seer’s unknown features basing on the memories of her relatives, acquaintances and renowned people that visited her.

On 5 November, Ilyumzhinov's meeting with Archbishop John, who took communion and the last confession of Vanga before her death, was filmed in Rupite. Kirsan Nikolayevich is confident that the interview with Archbishop John will be one of the key fragments of the new film.

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