The Kazakhstan Chess Federation hosts the first Central Asia Cup in Almaty


The Central Asia Chess Cup will be held November 20 – 30 in Almaty at the Grand Hotel Tien Shan. The competition is organized by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and scientific-educational foundation after Shahmardan Esenov. The prize fund (provided by FIDE) is 25 000 USD. The opening ceremony will be held on November 21 at 14.00. The President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galymzhan Yessenov will take part in the event.

The sporting event is arranged for the professional players according to the Swiss system of 9 rounds. It will be attended by more than 70 players from 6 countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. The competition shell be available for the chess players rated 2100 (men) and 1900 (women).

The Central Asia Cup is one of the most important events of sports life of Kazakhstan and the chess in Central Asia. The Cup is held to promote and support chess movement in the Republic of Kazakhstan, promote Kazakhstan chess players at the international level and create a positive image of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as a developing and sustainable country in the international arena.


Within the framework of the tournament an extraordinary simultaneous game will be arranged. For the first time in Kazakhstan the first 30 players registered for the game will play with two grandmasters at once: repeated champion of Kazakhstan, the leader of the men’s national team in three chess Olympiads, the winner of the Asian Cup, international grandmaster Rinat Jumabaev and 15-year-old women’s grandmaster, the Champion of Asia, three-time World Champion among children Zhansaya Abdumalik. The game will start in November 22 at 10.00 am (also at the Grand Tien Shan hotel).


As it was noted by the President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation Galymzhan Yessenov in his welcoming speech to the participants of the Cup “today we evidence is rapid expansion of this game the country, and the fact that such a prominent competition will be held for the first time in Kazakhstan, is not a mere coincidence”. “Intellectual tournament of such a high international level will become a bright celebration of chess, a prestigious start for juniors and the platform for international exchange of experience. I’m sure this will contribute to the development of chess in our country and in the near future we will see more of names of our fellow citizens among the winners of the top grade international competitions ” he added.