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.

 Recently, a reporter from Buryatia visited Elista and compared the capital of Kalmykia with his native Ulan-Ude. We encourage our readers to read his report.

We got to Elista through Volgograd late at night. But even in the dark, the city centre amazed us with its colour. In the morning sunlight, everything turned out to be much more colourful.
We immediately noted that the population of Kalmykia is three times less than that of Buryatia. Out of the 300 thousand inhabitants of Kalmykia, nearly 100 thousand live in Elista. Therefore, the city is small, compact and incredibly comfortable. 

The World Chess Olympiad ended in Batumi, Georgia. This is a prestigious team competition, which takes place every two years.

The Uzbekistan men's national team, having scored six victories in 11 rounds, suffered two defeats and finished three games in a draw eventually taking the 16th place. The result is not bad at all, although, according to Uzbek chess players, there were periods when the national team performed better, winning top prizes.

The members of the Uzbekistan national team along with ex-world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, young chess players Nodirbek Yakubboev and Nodirbek Abdusattorov showed themselves very well. Yakubboev, for example, not only finished second but also became an international grandmaster.

On 23 August, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Dharamsala, India. On the same day, the head of FIDE and Shadzhin-Lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche met with the head of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay. Lobsang Sangay is a very respected and well-known person - he is a lawyer, scientist, public and political figure.

On 8 May, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the head of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay signed a cooperation agreement providing for joint activities to implement the FIDE Chess in Schools programme, as well as organizing various chess competitions in Dharamsala.

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