On February 14 in Atyrau the semi-final of the championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan on chess came to the end. The winner among men is Konstantin Kazakov from  Pavlodar region, among women – Aminf Kairbekovf from Astana.

– I lost two games to Zeynep Sultanbek and Liye Kurmangaliyevoy, but before the last two rounds I concentrated and  took the first place, – says Amina Kairbekova.

Players participated in a  “Swiss system” tournament from the different cities of Kazakhstan. The greatest concentration of athletes comes from the Atyrau region – 34 chess players.

From the total number of chess players, statistics include 96 (68 men and 28 women) 3 international masters, 9 masters of FIDE and 5 candidates for the master participated. Age of chess players — from 7 to 78 years.

For the first time for all history of Kazakhstan chess the athlete aged up to 14 years gets into the list of participants of the final of the championship of Kazakhstan – Kazybek Nogerbek took the second place in the Atyrau tournament.

— Almost each round lasted long, victories were given me hardly. But after all I managed to take the second place — Kazybek Nogerbek shared his impressions. – In the final round will play strong opponent. But I will try to play well and to execute the norms of the international master.

Final round of a tournament: men and women (to download).

— For the first time the intermediate stage of national championship on chess passes in the western part of the republic – in the city of Atyrau. I will note the high level of the organization of a tournament. I want to thank mayor of area and personally the head of department Beckett Azamat for participation and the help. We are sure that last tournament will give a new impulse to development and promoting of chess sport in the area and in the city of Atyrau — the executive director of the Kazakhstan federation Irina Hryshchenko told.

For more details about semifinal of the championship of the Republican of Kazakhstan you can find HERE.

There was also a Blitz tournament available to all participants. It was a good gift to people who  live in Atyrau from organizers, the deputy chief judge of a tournament and the vice-president of the Atyrau regional federation Sabyrbai Gaisin noted.
— There were no claims during the tournament, matches took place in the friendly atmosphere. I am proud for the participation in this semi-final of chess players from my region — Sabyrbai Gaisin reported.

The athletes who won from  1 to 3 places in a semi-final will participate in the final of the championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan which will take place since April 20-30 in Almaty.
Organizers of a tournament – the Ministry of Culture and sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan chess  federation and the Atyrau regional chess federation of G.A. Aydaraliyev. The general prize fund of the competition was 850 000 tenges.

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MFA on the trip of chess players to Kabul

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan responded to the request of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation. It concerns the 5th Central Asia Chess Cup on prizes of FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on March 8, 2018 in Kabul (Afghanistan).

Tournament information.

The Kazakhstan Chess Federation (KCF) sent official query to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan on the situation in the capital of Afghanistan and recommendations about the participation of the Kazakhstan chess players in the Central Asia Chess Cup.

“Given the continued insecurity in Afghanistan, we feel compelled to stress the importance that Kazakhstan chess players refrain from participating in the international chess tournament the 5th Central Asia Chess Cup on prizes of FIDE president K. Ilyumzhinov that will take place in the city of Kabul on March 8th to 15th, 2018″, was the official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response to the KCF’s query.

The reply of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan can be downloaded here.

In the middle of January 2018, there was a tragic incident, of which the head of the Press Service of the Ministry Anuar Zhaynakov posted on his Facebook page: “Today, a citizen of Kazakhstan born in 1978, passed away as a result of attack of gunmen on Intercontinental hotel in Kabul”. The Central Asian chess tournament is to be held at this very hotel.

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