In August 20, the first round of the World Children’s Chess Olympiad was completed, at the end of which Kazakh national team defeated the team of Macau by a score of 3:1. In the second round the team lost to the Russians by a score of 1,5:2,5, in the third round they won the players from Sri-Lanka by a score of.5 to 1.5, and in the fourth round tied the score with the team from Turkey – 2:2.
In August 19, our players arrived in the capital of Mongolia, where the Mongolian Chess Federation organized the World Children’s Chess Olympiad. The event is held under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in the city of Ulan Bator from 19 to 29 August. The Kazakhstan team was represented by young players holding the titles of Champions and prize winners of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
This is a significant and fairly large-scale event in the sphere of chess. The venue was attended by 34 teams, whom our chess players will have to compete with. The champion of the competition will be awarded with a significant prize at the amount of 6 million mnt. The biggest teams came from Russia, Mongolia, China, the USA, Canada and South Korea. The Olympic budget is 600 million tugrics (the government of Mongolia allocated 70 million, FIDE 100 million mnt. and 200 chess boards). “Hunnu Mall” shopping center provided free facilities for games, and the “Genghis Khan” hotel offers large discounts.
The Chess Federation gained an opportunity to participate in this event thanks to the financial support of the scientific-educational fund “Shakhmardan Yessenov Foundation”. Earlier, in Astana at the extraordinary Congress of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galimzhan Shaimardanovich Yessenov, the founder of Shakhmardan Yessenov Foundation, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC “ATF Bank” was elected as a new President.
In connection with the preparation for the Olympics, from the period of July 5 to July 12 the Kazakh Chess Federation held the training camp in Shchuchinsk. Holding a training camp is an annual event organized by the Federation, which aims to improve the skills of the player, perform advanced study of the material, develop strategic thinking, as well as to carry out overall physical training, which is an important aspect in professional chess.
The training camp was attended by 14 young players in the age group from 8 to 18, who took the 1st and the 2nd places at the Championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2015 and gaining the opportunity to represent our country in the international arena. In addition to participation in the World Youth Olympics in 2015, the members of our national team will also have to take part in the World Championship (to be held in Greece in September) and the Central Asia Cup.
Photogallery of the Children’s Chess Olympiad