A Journey to Elista — (2)

On Buddhists, alien abduction and cheating in chess — and on the deadly danger of driving on the vast Kalmyk highway.

Rock Concert in the Park

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Fan enjoying the concert — both young and old

Gala Dinner

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Telo Tulku Rinpoche, with Boris Grebenshchikovis
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Boris the Rockstar receives gifts from Telo, the Šajin Lama
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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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There we were treated to a bevvy of Kalmyk beauties…
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… and the moves of an energetic and flamboyant Kalmyk dancer.
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The winners of the Candidates were draped in Kalmyk robes and awarded medals and a diplomas
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And the guest of honour, Boris Spassky, what did he get? A flat in City-Chess! Spassky was always the center of interest, as I have described in the second half of this article.
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Alien abduction

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The road to Volgograd — a final tragedy

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Frederic Alois Friedel, born in 1945, science journalist, co-founder of ChessBase, studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford.

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