34 KAZAKHSTAN AND 6 FOREIGN CHESS PLAYERS

From December 15 to December 24, 2018, in Astana, there will be a grand Final Cup of the Republic of Kazakhstan in classical chess. The strongest chess players of the qualifying stages among men, women, as well as among boys and girls under 14 years old will come together in an uncompromising struggle for a prize fund in the amount of 3.7 million tenge. The winners of the last year’s Cup and foreign chess players from three countries will also be invited to participate in the tournament.

14 Kazakhstan and 6 foreign athletes will take part in the adult final. In addition to the cash prize, the winners of the Cup Final will be guaranteed a ticket to the 2019 Championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan Final. The children’s final will be presented to twenty Kazakhstani chess players in the category up to 14 years. The winners of the finals among children will have the opportunity to participate in the youth World Cup of the coming year. The tournament will be held in a circular system separately for men and women.

“The final of the Cup promises to be spectacular,” grandmaster Peter Kostenko is sure, “all participants are certainly strong players with a strong character. The Brazilian Alexander Fier, for example, showed good preparation, having won the Open tournament this year in Almaty. I would be happy to have the opportunity to come back to play with him again – I am confident in my strength”.

In addition to Peter and Alexander, one of the favorites of the tournament is Anuar Ismagambetov the coach of the children’s team of Kazakhstan, which occupies the third place in the rating of Kazakhstani chess players.

“This is a long-awaited event for all domestic chess players, because all participants in the final have already passed the most severe selection at the previous stages,” said Irina Grishchenko, Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, “Participation of foreign athletes at the Cup of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a unique opportunity to gain get new sports ranks and titles.

The general partner of Kazakhstan Chess Federation is “Samruk Kazyna NWF”, a social partner is the a social projects development fund «Sumruk-Kazyna Trust».