From the 4th to 14th March the Team World Chess Championship will be held in Astana, with the strongest teams from 14 countries taking part. This is the first time in history that such an event has been held in Kazakhstan.
The Team World Championship will be held in the International Financial Center – AIFC, at the address: Astana, 55/18, Miglіk Yel Avenue, Pavilion C-3.3

20 teams will play in the tournament – 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams include entries from China, Azerbaijan, Iran, USA, Egypt, Russia, Sweden, Great Britain, India, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia and Kazakhstan.

Among them are the current world champions, continental champions, 6 teams with the highest rating following the 2018 FIDE Olympiad, two teams from the host federation, and two teams appointed by the President of FIDE. The title of Team World Champion is awarded separately for the men’s and women’s teams.

We invite all interested media representatives to the capital of Kazakhstan to take part in the coverage of the Championship.

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Given the quality of the game and the high rating of Bibisara Assaubayeva, the leadership of the Kazakhstan chess Federation found it possible to include a chess player in the women’s team of Kazakhstan. Thus, the chess player will take part in the World Team Chess Championship, which starts on March 4 in Astana.

Bibisara takes the third place in the rating of chess players of Kazakhstan.

Now the composition of the women’s national team is as follows: Zhansaya Abdumalik, Dinara Saduakasova, Bibisara Assaubayeva, Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Gulmira Dauletova, Madina Davletbayeva (reserve). It is in this composition that the team will represent the Republic at the Championship.

“Bibisara is a strong chess player, and we are pleased that talented players are returning to Kazakhstan, ready to continue to defend the honour of their homeland in international tournaments,” – says Irina Grishchenko, the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.

Recall that two years ago, the young chess manager L. Tanzharikova decided to transfer her ward to the Chess Federation of the Moscow Region.

On February 7, 2019, the Manager of the sportswoman addressed the President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation with a request to return.

The Russian Chess Federation has confirmed its consent to the transfer. The Federation of Kazakhstan, in turn, sent a statement and the necessary documents to FIDE so that the return could take place.


Almaty, February 16. A talented Kazakhstani chess player, FIDE master, Bibisara Assaubayeva, who left Kazakhstan more than 2 years ago, is returning to the Kazakhstan Chess Federation (KCF). This was reported to us in the Federation.

— On February 7 the Manager of the sportswoman addressed to the President of KCF with the statement request for return to KCF. The Russian Chess Federation has confirmed its consent to the transfer. The Federation of Kazakhstan, in turn, sent a statement and the necessary documents to FIDE so that the return could take place. We hope that the decision will be made by the International Chess Federation in the near future, — said the Executive Director of the KCF Irina Grishchenko.

Let us recall, that 2 years ago, the young chess manager L.Tanzharikova decided to transfer her ward to the Chess Federation of the Moscow Region.

ARKADIY DVORKOVICH: “Kazakhstan chess is at a high ebb”

President of the International Chess Federation Arkadiy Dvorkovich visited Almaty. This time the southern capital met Arkadiy Vladimirovich with rain turning into snow, but the weather conditions were compensated by a warm welcome and a pleasant friendly conversation. In an informal atmosphere, the head of FIDE spoke about the prospects for the development of intellectual sports, shared his impressions about the development of Kazakh chess, and remembered how the skills laid down in childhood helped him in his career.

“As a child in a chess family, it was impossible not to play chess, – admits Arkadiy Vladimirovich, – of course, I went through chess clubs, through the Palace of pioneers, and through various competitions, for example, the Moscow Championship and the Championship of Moscow State University. I can confidently say that chess helped me in my work. Strategic thinking, memory development, analysis of the situation, introspection, evaluation of the opponent or partner – all these skills acquired and developed during the game, they were obviously applicable in my life.”

Despite the background and heredity, Arkadiy did not follow in his father’s footsteps – having graduated from Moscow State University with a degree in economic cybernetics and taken a Master’s Degree at Duke University in the United States, the young economist made a brilliant career in government. At age twenty-nine, he has already become Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation, and after a few years he became Deputy Head of the Russian Government. However, he did not give up chess, continuing to help his father – preparing materials for articles, translating foreign sources, making calculations for chess statistics. When the legendary chess referee Vladimir Yakovlevich passed away, Arkadiy decided to organize a Chess living room named after his father, which became the center of attraction for young talented chess players preparing for a professional career. Later not only players, but also all who loved and played chess – businessmen, actors, politicians began to gather there.

“I was both Vice-President and President of the Russian Chess Federation, and after completing my work in the civil service, I managed to win the elections and become the head of FIDE. I think that we are becoming a big family again. (The motto of FIDE is the expression “Gens Una Sumus” – “We are one family”, – by author) Fully disunity has not yet been overcome, but, of course, a rapprochement has occurred during these months. There is an understanding that we have common goals, that we will support national federations in the development of chess from China to Peru. We managed to attract the world’s leading chess players with significant authority to the team, and this creates an atmosphere of trust and brings us together.”

As the Head of the International Federation Arkadiy Dvorkovich defines the main goal as the implementation of the election campaign, which is the basis of the program currently implemented by the Presidential Council and the Board of FIDE.

“First of all, it is the formation of chess as the most popular intellectual sport: mass introduction of the game into the education system, improvement of on-line platforms for training and practice, development of the Chess Federation as a powerful institution contributing to the promotion of the game around the world. The implementation of these tasks requires special approaches to management, marketing and financial management. Also, of course, we plan to invest in the development of human capital, professional development of employees, the search for talented chess players who could continue to develop chess in the world after the end of their careers. Of course, all indicators should be reflected in specific figures and statistics, and we have a clear schedule for the implementation of the goals, there is an understanding of what resources are needed to achieve results and, most importantly, there is a desire to work,” – says the politician.

The emergence of a large number of chess schools in different countries contributed to the rapid growth of competition in the world chess arena and, as a result, the emergence of a new generation of talented chess players around the world. It would probably not be an exaggeration to say that a country no longer has a guarantee for the possession of a chess crown. Competition has ceased to be bipolar. The fight for the championship is usually between 10-15 players, and according to Dvorkovich – this is a great indicator, because strong competition increases interest.

photo: Oleg Spivak

“Russia didn’t become weaker at the same time,” – notes the head of FIDE, – “On any list of the strongest chess players, Russians are about a quarter of the representatives. It is obvious that Kazakhstan’s chess is on the rise, and this is certainly the result of the work of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, which carries out systematic work, developing both children’s chess and training professional players. We see constant interaction with the state, support for private chess schools and academies. To date, we can say that the Kazakhstan Federation is halfway to achieving its goals.  However, you should never rest on your laurels – there is always something to strive for and turn your ambitions into reality.”

One of the indicators of the national chess Federation was the fact that since 2019, for the first time in the history of Kazakhstan chess, the FIDE Commission included 6 representatives of Kazakhstan. This is the third place after the USA and Russia. According to Arkadiy Vladimirovich, this is an illustration of the quality of the organization of processes for the development of chess in Kazakhstan:

“It should be noted here the results of Kazakhstan chess players. Young stars began to appear, and I think that the team of Kazakhstan will move further. Although the progress is already quite good – in the final tables at the Olympics, the flag of Kazakhstan is increasingly visible. This is a serious progress for the strong competition that is now on the chess map. The fact that Kazakhstan is among the leaders in this competition is very cool.”

The Head of FIDE called the development of chess academies in the country one of the leading factors of chess success in Kazakhstan, noting that it is high-quality educational institutions that are the forges of the strongest chess players in the country:

“It is necessary to create a constant influx of new students to chess schools, to strengthen competition between them and, most importantly, to attract as many quality specialists as possible. Kazakhstan is now at the experimental stage, and not all schools and not all cities of the country have implemented this program. Nevertheless, the first successes are obvious. Of course, in Russia today there is no a hundred percent coverage, and everyone has something to strive for.”

Arkadiy Dvorkovich expressed confidence that soon Kazakhstan will be one of the examples for many countries that are just beginning to develop chess programs:

“I have no doubt about it, especially judging by what I saw at the Chess Academy after Zhansaya Abdumalik, where hundreds of children play chess in a constant mode. I am convinced that the Chess Federation of Kazakhstan will soon be able to provide specific proposals to the Ministry of Education, and I hope that the program “Chess in school” will be adopted at the state level as a system project.”

To date, there are already some countries in the world where chess education, as a school program, is implemented in all secondary educational institutions and supported at the state level. Armenia, for example, can boast of such results. The rapid development of chess at school also takes place in Hungary, in the Scandinavian Peninsula and in a number of other countries. In general, it is clear that the understanding of the importance of chess as an integral part of children’s education is becoming increasingly global.

“Maybe during the study of the basics and the theoretical basis it is not completely obvious, but chess is useful for any child, regardless of his future professional activity, and children will understand it in due course. Although even at a young age, many children call chess a favourite subject in school.”

The Head of FIDE is sure that when chess becomes a daily part of the educational process, the level of progress in schools will also increase: “It has been scientifically proven that chess has a direct impact on academic performance. It is necessary to introduce an understanding of the importance of this factor into the minds of teachers, to form an attitude to chess not just as a game, but as a tool to improve the quality of education. The speed of thinking, strategic vision and memory are the main skills trained in chess, and the results will soon become visible for both parents and teachers. For our part, this requires a serious training program, but now we are putting a lot of emphasis on it.”

In conclusion, the FIDE President spoke positively about the success of Dinara Saduakassova and Zhansaya Abdumalik, whom he had met during the World Championships in St. Petersburg.

“I am ready to play chess anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Another thing is that you need to objectively assess your capabilities and strength. Of course, I cannot play at the level of a grandmaster or even an international master, but sometimes I can hold out a significant part of the game against relatively strong players. I just love chess and would love to play with any chess player, especially from the national team of Kazakhstan.”

It was Arkadiy Dvorkovich’s first visit to Almaty as the President of the International Chess Federation. At the end of the conversation, he admitted that he was always happy to come to the southern capital, and expressed confidence that he would soon visit Kazakhstan again to discuss plans for the development of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.


Today in Almaty, the Kazakhstan Chess Federation has completed a competitive selection of coaches of the country national teams. Anuar Ismagambetov, Pavel Kotsur and Arman Pashikyan became them for the next two years.

Grandmaster Arman Pashikyan – he will lead the women’s national team of Kazakhstan — a well-known Armenian chess player who has proven himself as a coach of the men’s national team of Armenia, which showed brilliant results in the world chess arena under his leadership. One of his wards was grandmaster Levon Aronian (2767 rating) – the winner of many competitions, one of the contenders for the title of World Champion and two-time winner of the World Cup.

“I am grateful to my Kazakh colleagues for their trust, – admits A. Pashikyan, – This is especially responsible on the eve of the World Championship, which will be held in March in Astana, but the responsibility only gives me additional motivation for even more dedicated work.”

Anuar Ismagambetov will continue his work as a coach of the youth national team. Last year, his team showed brilliant results, bringing home more than 30 medals from the World and Asia Championships and other international competitions over the past two years. Pavel Kotsur will lead the men’s team of Kazakhstan.

“The competitive selection was held among ten candidates, – says the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan chess Federation Irina Grishchenko, – For Mr. Pashikyan, this is the first experience of cooperation with Kazakh chess players. He is a playing coach who has repeatedly brought his teams to the number of winners of prestigious international tournaments in the chess world.”

Today, the composition of the national chess teams of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which will defend the honour of the country at the world team championship in Astana, was also approved. The men’s team included Rinat Jumabayev, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Anuar Ismagambetov, Denis Makhnev and Pyotr Kostenko. The women’s team will be represented by Zhansaya Abdumalik, Dinara Saduakasova, Gulishan Nakhbayeva, Gulmira Dauletova and Madina Davletbayeva.

Let us recall that the Kazakhstan Federation made a transfer of the selection of national team coaches on a competitive basis in 2017.

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


World Team Championship will take place from March 4th -15th, 2019 in Astana, in which the strongest national teams of 14 countries whose chess federations dominated their continent will participate in the championship. For the first time in the history both Open Team and Women’s Team Championships will be held in Kazakhstan.

Twenty teams will play in the tournament – ten men’s and ten women’s teams from China, Azerbaijan, Iran, USA, Egypt, Russia, Poland, England, India, Ukraine, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia and Kazakhstan. Among them defending world team champion, continental champions, six highest ranked teams from the FIDE Olympiad 2018, two team from host federation, two teams nominated by the FIDE President. The title of World Champion in the teams competition are awarded for men and women section separately.

Kazakhstan’s both men and women national team will be represented by the country’s strongest chess players: Rinat Jumabaev, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Anuar Ismagambetov, Denis Makhnev, Petr Kostenko, Zhansaya Abdumalik, Dinara Saduakasova, Guliskhan Nakhbaeva, Gulmira Dauletova, Madina Davletbaeva.

“It’s amazing to be the host of the tournament, and fight with the best of the best,” the leader of the Kazakhstan men’s team, Rinat Jumabayev, admits. “Frankly, everything feels easier at home. Our team is fully armed and ready to fight. ”

Every team requires a Team captain, 4 players and 1 reserve player. The championship will be played in round robin system with 9 rounds. More than a hundred chess players, arbiters and guests will take part in the tournament. FIDE Presidential Board meeting will be held during the championship.

“The championship expected to be spectacular,” said the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Irina Gryshchenko, “we will host the best teams all over the world. It is an honor and privilege to be the organizers of the event. For our guests, we planned a guided tour through the capital of Kazakhstan.

As a members of the Presidential Board meeting Nigel Short – the legendary English chess player, Judit Polgar – the only female grandmaster who won in Rapid Karpov, Kasparov, Anand and Karlsen will visit Astana. Also we are expected grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karyakin.

FIDE World Team Championships have been conducted every two years since 1985. The current winner among the men is the Chinese team, and among the women is Russian team.

More about the Championship (schedule, entry forms, accreditation and accommodation, visa support)

The General Sponsor of the Championship is the group of companies Eurasian Resources Group

Championship Partner – Astana International Financial Center

In the near future, a separate website for FIDE World Open Team Championship and World Women’s Team Championship in Astana will be created, which will highlight all the information about the event. Site launching will be announce separately.