Elista placed in the south of Russia. Its title translates to "sand." And this is no accident. Elista grown on the sandy expanses Ergeninskoy hill in the heart of the Kalmyk steppe. Placing the capital of Kalmykia, a very good: if you drive about three hundred miles in any direction, be sure you come to a large cityAstrakhan, Volgograd or Stavropol. To Moscow, however, a bit further away — 1200km, or 2 hour flight. Elista is considered to be the founding date of 1865. For 100 years, 40 with the small village of malehankih Elista turned into a large city with all the necessary attributes: theaters, museums, shops, stadium. Viewers will have a meeting with non-standard personality — the head of the Republic of Kalmykia and part-time president of the international association of chess FIDE — Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.