KAZAKHSTAN U20 CHAMPIONSHIP

From 16 to 26 March 2019 the U20 Championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan in classical chess, rapid chess and blitz chess among midgets and girls will be held in Ust-Kamenogorsk.

March 17-23 – classical chess
March 24-25 – rapid chess
March 26 – blitz chess

The tournament will be attended by Champions of Kazakhstan 2018 in the U20 category, 2019 Champions of regions and cities of national significance in the U20 category, as well as chess players with an international rating of at least 2000 ELO as of February 1, 2019.

The winners’ pot of the tournament will be 600 000 tenge.

In addition to the pay-out of 80 000 tenge, the winners of the Championship in the classics will be entitled to participate in the final of the Championship of the Republic, as well as in the personal World U20 Championship in classical chess.

Participants who took second place in classical chess will receive 60 000 tenge and the right to participate in the personal Asian U20 Championship in classical chess.

Anyone wishing to take part is required to send a request before March 1, 2019 to the following e-mail: natalextyr@ail.ru

Tournament policy can be downloaded here

Learn more about the Championship:

The general partner of KCF is SWF “Samruk- Kazyna” JSC, the social partner is “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”, a Social Projects Development Fund.

The general sponsor of “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” is the Scientific and Educational Foundation named after Academician Shakhmardan Yessenov

A CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear colleagues,

We remind you that the competitive selection for the position of head coaches of national teams of Kazakhstan continues. Applications for participation in the competition are accepted until February 4, 2019.

To participate in the competition, please send the following documents to office@kazchess.kz:

— application for participation (download the application form)

— copy of passport or other identity document

resume or curriculum vitae

Examination of the submitted documents and identification of the winners of the Competition is carried out by the Competition Commission within 12 calendar days from the date of the application deadline.

The results of the Competition will be announced separately on the website of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, as well as on the official pages of the KCF in social networks.

More detailed information can be found in the Competition Selection Regulations.

Looking forward to your applications and good luck in the competition!

THE OPENING OF THE YEAR OF YOUTH IN KAZAKHSTAN

Yesterday Astana hosted the Grand Opening of the Year of Youth in Kazakhstan, which was visited by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. During the meeting, prominent representatives of the younger generation shared their ideas on the development and improvement of various spheres in the country.

In his address, the Leader stressed that “all efforts are aimed to prepare the country for the future breakthrough and aimed at creating a strong Kazakhstan”.

One of the invited guests of the Opening Ceremony was our young chess player, grandmaster Zhansaya Abdumalik.

“It is gratifying to see that the country where I live and for the benefit of which I work, develops and prospers, – says the sportswoman, – the State is all about people, citizens, and watching the talented children seeking to improve life in the country, I think, makes not only me but everyone to make something great as well”.

After the official part of the event, the President showed interest in Zhansaya’s success and wished her further victories. Let us recall that in 2012, in negotiations with the Leader of Kazakhstan, the player proposed to introduce chess as a school subject, to which the Head of state agreed. Today the program “Chess at school” is actively implemented in dozens of domestic schools, having a positive dynamics of development.

RINAT JUMABAYEV TAKES PART IN GIBRALTAR INTERNATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL

Kazakhstan grandmaster Rinat Jumabayev takes part in the Gibraltar International Chess Festival international tournament, which is currently held in England, where more than 550 chess players from 62 countries compete for the winners’ pot of almost £200 000. Rinat represents Kazakhstan in the “Master” category, which is traditionally the most difficult.

The tournament in Gibraltar is a great experience for any chess player. In its category, Rinat takes 35 starting place of 252 masters. Pay-outs in the workshop category are for the first 15 places. The best player will receive £25,000. Games for masters will be held in 10 rounds in accordance with the Swiss system.

“Kazakhstan is a regular participant of this prestigious festival, – says the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Irina Grishchenko, – last year the girls of our team showed a decent game, this is the responsibility of Rinat, but we have no doubt in his experience and training.”

Follow the results of the Championship via the links:

– Game among the masters
– Game among the Challengers A
– Game among the Challengers B
– Game among the Amateurs A
– Game among the Amateurs B

Learn more about the Tournament: http://kazchess.kz/gibrltr_t/

ZHANSAYA AMONG THE TEN STRONGEST CHESS PLAYERS OF THE PLANET

Zhansaya Abdumalik received an invitation from «Saint Louis Chess Club» to take part in the women’s tournament «Cairns Cup 2019». The organizers chose 10 of the strongest chess players of the planet, regardless of age, and personally invited them to the United States for an elite chess tournament.

“Honestly, I didn’t even expect to receive this invitation,” Zhansaya admits, “to enter the top ten in the world according to the «Saint Louis Chess Club» and represent Kazakhstan there is not only a great honor, but also a serious responsibility.

The tournament «Cairns Cup 2019»  will be held for the first time and will become traditional. The competition starts February 2 at the famous Chess Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Players will play in a round-robin system.

“This is the highest level competition,” said Irina Grishchenko, Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, “Zhansaya is not only the only representative of Kazakhstan, but also the youngest participant in the tournament, but her previous games at the world championships show that the experience of the rivals is not a hindrance to our girls.

The prize fund of the competition will be $ 150,000, which is the largest amount in the history of women’s round-robin tournaments. Cash prizes are guaranteed for all participants: $ 40,000 for first place and $ 5,000 for tenth.

The general partner of KCF is SWF “Samruk Kazyna” JSC, the social partner is “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”, a social projects development fund.
The general sponsor of the RPO “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” is the scientific foundation  named after Shahmardan Esenov.

ASSEL SERIKBAY AND RAMAZAN ZHALMAKHANOV

U18 Kazakhstan Championship of classic, rapid and blitz chess in Pavlodar has finished. Assel Serikbay of Kyzylorda and Ramazan Zhalmakhanov of Almaty were victorious in the classical format in the senior age group. Apart from money prize, they were qualified for the World Junior Championship scheduled for October in Nagpur, India.

“I have won Kazakhstan championships for several times now, but this accomplishment comes with relentless effort and I cannot relax even for a second, – admits Assel. Even the gold medal is not yet a point of pride, because now we will compete with the best players from across the globe.”

Chingizkhan Sarzhanov and Nazerke Nurgali won the U16 classics. Sultan Amanzhol and Meruyert Kamalidenova were the best in U14. Ayat Abdullayev and Aysha Zakirova finished strongest in U12. Edgar Mamedov and Elnaz Kaliakhmet succeeded in U10. Dinmukhammed Tuledinov and Aylin Zarkym had the victory in U8. Dastan Bakytbek and Aylin Alemanova won the gold medals in U6.

“Kazakhstan Championship always gathers the strongest chess players, the best of whom get the privilege to represent Kazakhstan in the international arena, – says Dastan Kapayev, national trainer of the Republic of Kazakhstan. We are especially delighted by the fact that national chess is being refilled with new young people every year and it has been two years now since children under 6 are taking part in the republican competitions. Initially, this was launched as an experiment, which has obviously succeeded by far”.

640 young players aged between 6 to 18 competed in this championship for the total prize fund of KZT 2 million. Winners of classic gold and silver medals were qualified for the 2019 World and Asian Championships respectively. Bronze medallists received a priority right to compete in the Western Asia Junior Championship.

Championship Results (Classic):
Girls under 6
Girls under 8
Girls under 10
Girls under 12
Girls under 14
Girls under 16
Girls under 18

Boys under 6
Boys under 8
Boys under 10
Boys under 12
Boys under 14
Boys under 16
Boys under 18

Championship Results (Rapid):
Girls under 6
Girls under 8
Girls under 10
Girls under 12
Girls under 14
Girls under 16
Girls under 18

Boys under 6
Boys under 8
Boys under 10
Boys under 12
Boys under 14
Boys under 16
Boys under 18

Championship Results (Blitz):
Girls under 6
Girls under 8
Girls under 10
Girls under 12
Girls under 14
Girls under 16
Girls under 18

Boys under 6
Boys under 8
Boys under 10
Boys under 12
Boys under 14
Boys under 16
Boys under 18

General Partner of KCF is Samruk Kazyna NWF JSC, Social Partner is Samruk-Kazyna Trust Social Project Development Fund.

General Sponsor of Kazakhstan Chess Federation is Shakhmardan Yessenov Science and Education Foundation.

CHAMPIONSHIP OF ASIA AMONG JUNIORS TO BE HELD IN SRI LANKA

From 1 to 10 April in the Kalutara, Sri Lanka, the Asian Junior Championships will take place, where young athletes from the continent’s chess federations will converge in games of classical chess, rapid chess and blitz.

Everyone who wants to take part in the tournament must submit applications to the Kazakhstan Chess Federation until January 28, 2019, by sending the appropriate form to the email:
kamilya.a@kazchess.kz

Each participant of the tournament will have to pay a registration fee of $ 125, as well as 50% of the cost of food and accommodation until January 28, 2019. The registration fee is a confirmation of participation, it includes accreditation and transportation from Colombo airport and back.

After the end of the registration period for the tournament it will be possible to register only as additional players, additionally paying a fine of $ 100.

The entrance fee for official players is $ 75, for additional – $ 150.

The official players are the silver winners of the Championship of the Republic of 8-18, they are seconded by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.

More about the tournament

Tournament regulations

DINARA SADUAKASOV PARTICIPATES IN THE PLANET’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS TOURNAMENT

Today in the Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee one of the strongest chess tournaments in the world starts – the Tata Steel chess tournament 2019, where the representative of Kazakhstan will take part for the first time. The most titled chess player of the republic, international grandmaster Dinara Saduakasova, became the first Kazakhstan player, who received an invitation to the legendary tournament, held annually since 1937.

“It is a great honor for me to receive an invitation to this elite tournament – a kind of chess “Wimbledon” and to play in the company of the world’s strongest grandmasters,” says Dinara, “I hope that I will be able to perform at the peak of my capabilities and show the maximum result.”

The international tournament will be held from 11 to 27 January and will include 2 round-robin tournaments and the third one will be general. Players enter into round robin only by invitation.  Men’s elite take part in tournament A, including the current world champion Magnus Carlsen,and well-known and promising players with a rating of more than 2500 take part in tournament B.

“Getting to Tata Steel is already a great achievement, because only the strongest grandmasters and promising young players from around the world can take part in it,” bring into focus the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Irina Grishchenko, “The average tournament rating is 2582, which means the bar is very high, but we do not doubt Dinara’s strength.

”The composition of the Tata Steel Challengers, in which Kazakhstan plays, is very solid. Among the 14 players there are strong grandmasters: Anton Korobov, Vladislav Kovalev, Erwin L’Ami, Parham Magsudlu, as well as young chess geeks Rameshbabu Praggnanandha, Vincent Kaymer and many others.

The general partner of KCF is SWF “Samruk Kazyna” JSC, the social partner is “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”, a social projects development fund.

The general sponsor of the RPO “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” is the scientific foundation  named after Shahmardan Esenov.

ABDUMALIK BEST IN ALL TYPES OF CHESS TO 20 YEARS

Zhansaya Abdumalik topped the list of the best female chess players of the world under 20 at once in all types of chess. Kazakhstan chess player leads ELO rating in classics, rapid chess and blitz. Prior to this, no Kazakhstan chess player could not conquer the world ranking simultaneously in three types of games.

“I am proud of my daughter,” says the father of the athlete, Daniyar Ashirov, “She works hard and constantly improves her skills. And this historical indicator is the result of its fruitful and scrupulous work. ”

Zhansaya started playing chess from early childhood and at the age of 14 became the youngest grandmaster of Kazakhstan. Now, in the box of an eighteen-year-old athlete, there are many awards at prestigious republican and world tournaments.

“Every time I try to give my all to the fullest, using all my skills that I owe to parents and coaches,” the chess player admits. “Yes, this is a good achievement, but this is not a reason to rest on our laurels. I have something to work on and where to grow, and the most important result for me is to play better every day than I played yesterday. ”

In November 2018, at the debut adult World Championships, Zhansaya became the first athlete in the history of Kazakhstan chess to qualify to the quarterfinals. And at the world championship in rapid and blitz, held in December last year, the chess player took the 6th place in rapid chess among women.

The general partner of KCF is SWF “Samruk Kazyna” JSC, the social partner is “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”, a social projects development fund.

The general sponsor of the RPO “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” is the scientific foundation  named after Shahmardan Esenov.

SIX REPRESENTATIVES OF KAZAKHSTAN JOINED TO THE FIDE COMMISSION

For the first time, the list of official members of the FIDE commission includes representatives of Kazakhstan. This list is approved once every three years at the presidential council of the World Chess Federation. Traditionally, members of the commission are prominent chess sports figures who have made a significant contribution to the development of culture and the popularization of the intellectual game in their country.

“The decision of the FIDE Presidential Council in favor of six representatives of Kazakhstan at once is an indicator of the high appreciation of the work of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation under the leadership of Galimzhan Shakhmardanovich Yesenov, – says Irina Grishchenko, Executive Director of the Federation, – during the operation our team achieved great success in promoting chess in the country, and we are not going to stop there”.

Berik Tuktybekovich Balgabaev, Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation was appointed as Advisor to the President of FIDE Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich.

The KCF Vice-President Zhandos Abishev became a member of the commission on events. The KCF Executive Director – Irina Gryshchenko was elected as a member of the commission on social issues. Grandmaster and international master – Yevgeny Vladimirov entered the FIDE Education Commission. The world and Asian champion and the grand master Darmen Sadvakasov gained a membeship in the global strategy commission. World champion, grandmaster and goodwill ambassador of UNICEF – Dinara Saduakasova joined the commission on rules, and the women’s international master, member of the national team of Kazakhstan – Gulmira Dauletova took the place in the commission on the draw.

“From this year even more opportunities open up for Kazakhstan. Moreover, it is not only about the development of the game in the country, – said Zhandos Abishev, – Now we are the direct decision-making body on key issues. This is a serious step forward, which indicates the great potential of our country on the world chess arena. ”

In total, the commission included 224 people from more than 130 countries of the world. Kazakhstan takes the 3rd place after Russia and the United States by the number of representatives. Earlier in the FIDE commission there has been no representative of Kazakhstan.

The general partner of KCF – SWF “Samruk Kazyna” JSC, the social partner – “Samruk-Kazyna Trust” social projects development fund.

The general sponsor of the “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” – the academic foundation named after academician Shakhmardan Yesenov.