On January 16, the children’s championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in chess finished in Almaty. Competitions among children of 6-18 years old passed in classics, speed and blitz. The tournament winners in all three types were Astana resident Aldiyar Ansat (9 years old), Almaty residents Aisha Zakirova (9 years old), Ramazan Zhalmakhanov (15 years old) and Pavlodar resident Denis Makhnev (17 years old). And the resident of Aktau Edgar Mammadov brought the first gold of the championship of the republic for Mangistau Region.
– In several games I was in a difficult position, it was a little uncomfortable, but I did not panic. The rivals prepared very well, and I fighted to the end, – shared the impressions, the champion of Kazakhstan in chess under 10 years old Aisha Zakirova.
We remind that Aisha won for Kazakhstan the title of world champion under 8 years old in autumn 2016, the same year she became the champion of the republic in the same age category.
Champions in the age categories in classic chess and rapid were Amina Kairbekova (under 12 years old), Kazybek Nogerbek (under 14) and Assel Serikbay (under 16).
The greatest number of gold medals of the championship – 6 – was won by young competitors of Astana. Among the leaders are also chess players from Kyzylorda (3 gold), Almaty and Shymkent (2 gold each). Download full list of winners and prize winners.
– The tournament was attended by 736 competitors from all regions of the country. We played 126 medals. For the first time in many years, according to the total number of awards, Almaty won the first, competitors from the largest metropolis won 14 medals. For the first time in the history of Kazakhstan chess, chess players under 6 years old took part in the championship. And for the first time we conducted online broadcasting of the games of the strongest competitors of the tournament, – told Irina Grishchenko, Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.
Among the youngest players of the tournament was the 6-year-old Astana resident Alen Armangeldy, in the classical tournament he got the maximum possible number of points – 9 out of 9.
– The fight for victory in almost all categories went to the last round: the competition among children is high. I congratulate the representatives of Mangystau region with whole heart – they have the first ever champion of Kazakhstan – Edgar Mammadov (18 years old), said the head coach of the children’s and youth team of the Republic of Kazakhstan in chess Anuar Ismagambetov.
Young champions of the country will participate in the world championships, which will be held in Greece and Spain, and silver medalists – in the Asian Championship in Thailand.
The organizers of the tournament are the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Zhansai Abdumalik. The total prize fund of the tournament was 1 800 000 tenge.

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Kazakhstan Chess Federation: playing chess results in better brain function

ASTANA – Chess is the best sport to exercise the most complex and important organ in the body – the brain. In Kazakhstan, it became the beloved intellectual game among children and adolescents. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Kazakhstan Chess Federation (KCF) Executive Director Irina Grishchenko talked about 2017’s key activities, ongoing projects and recent chess victories.

“This was a very interesting year. We fulfilled all our plans. The federation organised and carried out 22 national tournaments. We held children’s cups and adult chess cups among men and women and invited grandmasters from several countries. This means that people were able to fulfil the standards of FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation) Master, International Master and Grandmaster norms without going abroad. Previously, according to FIDE rules, it was necessary to play only abroad in order to get these norms,” she said.

Kazakhstan hosted four international tournaments, including the Astana Open International Chess Festival during EXPO 2017.

“It was a major event of the past year. We managed to attract approximately 600 people in different age categories and levels to this tournament. We were glad to welcome participants from 18 countries,” she said.

The national chess team participated last year in all official FIDE tournaments, with more than 3,500 players involved in national and international competitions. Kazakh players earned nine gold, four silver and seven bronze medals.

In the past few years, the federation has been witnessing an increase in the number of both children and adults playing chess. Compared to 2015, the figure has increased by two and a half times. According to Grishchenko, this year the federation intends to increase the number of tournaments.

“We plan to hold 24 tournaments. For the first time, we will assist in organising chess tournaments among people with limited abilities. We will start cooperation this year,” she noted.

Beginning in September, the Chess in School pilot project was introduced in 19 schools in Almaty, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar and Pavlodar region involving approximately 1,500 students. The KCF and Shakhmardan Yessenov Scientific and Educational Foundation initiated the project and provided all the necessary equipment.

“We provided schools with methodological guidebooks, textbooks and workbooks. In the summer, we trained teachers and psychologists under the project. Psychologists conduct research and draw conclusions about the effects of chess training. They observe improvements in students’ logical and strategic thinking, memory and concentration,” she said.

The East Kazakhstan region is expected to join the pilot project next year by introducing chess lessons in the school curriculum.

“We want all Kazakh people to play chess. Chess improves cognitive abilities and problem-solving capacity. It has a positive effect on the development of intellectual potential. This is a good opportunity for children to learn how to think multi-channel. I am sure that chess is the only way to teach children to be adapted in our world. Our President was right when he once said that every leader should know how to play chess,” she said.

Kazakh chess champions Dinara Saduakassova and Zhansaya Abdumalik are well-known for their victories. Based on their latest achievements, Grishchenko also named Kazybek Nogirbek, Ansat Aldiyar, as well as Meruert Kamalidenova and Assel Serikbai, who became Asian champions in their age categories.

“I have an optimistic view of Kazakhstan’s chess development. I am sure that chess lessons will be introduced in all schools of the country. Our children and young people will become more concentrated, more competitive and intellectually developed,” she noted.


The Astana Times

Чемпионат РК по шахматам среди мужчин и женщин (полуфинал)

С 7 по 14 февраля 2018 года в Атырау пройдет полуфинал Чемпионата Республики Казахстан среди мужчин и женщин.

Организаторы турнира Министерство культуры и спорта РК, Казахстанская федерация шахмат и Атырауская областная федерация шахмат.

Чемпионат РК среди юниоров – 2018 (англ)