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Posted by @TomasVH on 26 March, 2014
Earlier this year, I visited one of the most improbable places on Earth, the little-known Republic of Kalmykia. Located on the arid steppe south of Volgograd, Kalmykia is Europe’s only Buddhist republic. It also bills itself as a Mecca for chess players. It is the headquarters of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), and a suburb has been built near the capital, Elista, expressly for holding tournaments and offering vacation homes to former champions. The game is mandatory for all Kalmyk school children. Most unusually, the man behind all of this, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, claims to have been abducted by aliens and says that “chess came to Earth from outer space.” Below is a sample of pictures from my visit. A wider selection of my photos from Kalmykia is available in my photo archive and on the VII Photo website.
Posted by @TomasVH on 5 October, 2010