The 43rd World Chess Olympiad ended in Batumi. The women’s national team of Kazakhstan was listed 11th (with the participation of 151 teams), men’s team – 21st (185). The Olympiad will also be remembered by the entire FIDE Congress, where the new president of the organization, Arkady Dvorkovich, was elected.
As part of the men’s national team at the competitions in Georgia, young Pavlodar FIDE master (FM), Denis Makhnev make successful debut. The silver medalist of the championship of Kazakhstan completed the first point of the title of international grandmaster (GM).
– In general, the tournament was a success. Although, making my every effort, I was counting on more. Many were worried that I might fall into a hole of losses, but some persistence helped this not to happen. There is something to learn, and at the next Olympiad, I hope to make even more than the maximum, – said Denis Makhnev upon returning home.
In social networks, his performance at the tournament was fervently described by GM Murtas Kazhgaleev. The battle of Kazakhstanis was momentous, they were 37th seeded in the starting list, against the Israelis (10th seeded):
– My competitor is a bright and strong grandmaster, Emil Sutovsky. But our team has already felt confidence – Rinat, Anuar, Denis – all the guys today are playing chess full of passion. Fight with Emil was hot indeed. I was driving hard, but it’s not an easy thing to get him cornered. He breaks out and starts to “twist” me. While we are playing – it’s 4 hours so far – the other games of the match end in a draw. And here Emil makes a mistake. I seize the moment. I anticipate and savor the intoxicating smell of the coming victory. But I keep it together and win an hour and a half later. A groundbreaking day – Kazakhstan defeated Israel in chess. At the Olympiad!
The men’s team has reserved the 21th position (out of 184 teams). Having scored 15 points, our men shared placed from 15 to 24 with such teams as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Hungary. It should be noted that at the previous Olympiad, our team won the 28th position.
– The only defeat was inflicated upon the bronze winners (Georgia-1). Lost only to the winners. Shared places from 4 to 12 (with Russia). The rest is insignificant. Thank you all, it was great! – that was a brief summary of GM Rustam Khusnutdinov, the coach of the women’s national team of Kazakhstan, regarding the performance of his trainees.
In parallel with the Olympiad in Batumi, at the FIDE Congress, elections of the president of the international chess federation were held. There were three candidates for the right to lead world chess over the coming four year period – FIDE Secretary General George Makropoulos, former Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, and British Grand Master, Nigel Short, who withdrew his candidacy in favor of Dvorkovich on the eve of the elections. He was elected the President of FIDE. The first vice-president of the organization became a French man, Bachar Kouatly, vice-presidents – Mahir Mammedov (Azerbaijan), Julio Ernesto Zuniga (Peru) and Anastasia Sorokina (Belarus), Enyonam Sewa Fumey (Togo) took the post of general secretary, and Zhu Chen (Qatar) became the new treasurer.
The general partner of the KCF is SWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, social partner is Samruk-Kazyna Trust, social projects development fund.