The meeting with the grandmaster was held as part of the World Team Chess Championship in Astana. Recall that the general sponsor of the tournament, which attracted the attention of millions of chess lovers from around the world, is the ERG. The tournament is held at the Astana International Financial Center. There are separate rooms for spectators, a briefing, a hall for fans of the analysis of chess games and a press center.
It was decided that laptops from the press center will be given to children’s homes, where there are chess clubs, – said Irina Grishchenko, executive director of the Chess Federation of Kazakhstan. – This was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of ERG.
Before meeting the repeated champion of Kazakhstan and Asia, Darmen Sadvakasov, ERG employees were able to talk with him and take part in an autograph session. All participants in the simul was selected at the enterprises during the qualifying rounds.
Such events are important for the development of team spirit and team building, said Darmen Sadvakasov. – I am very pleased to take part in a simultaneous game session organized by the ERG, because it contributes to the motivation of employees.
Darmen Sadvakasov says that chess contributes to the harmonious development of man. The game develops logic, attention and memory. The famous champion founded the Academy of Chess in Astana. He is an advisor to the FIDE Global Strategic Commission and is promoting the ancient game internationally..
The master of the section “Aluminum of Kazakhstan”, Igor Sannikov, who managed to defeat the renowned chess player, Anatoly Karpov, five years ago, took part in a simul. This happened when the 12th world champion played with the ERG employees. It is noteworthy that Darmen Sadvakasov himself defeated Anatoly Karpov in a match of eight games. It happened in 2004 in Astana. So two winners of the legendary champion met at the board.
Director of the ERG Center for Sport and Healthy Lifestyle Olzhas Orazbayev noted that the company supports the holding of international and regional sports tournaments in various disciplines. Also, much attention is paid to supporting chess in the country and regions of the company’s presence. In particular, talented children have the opportunity to participate in tournaments at various levels.
In addition, we support chess clubs in the regions of our presence, – said Olzhas Orazabayev. – Our employees have the opportunity to play chess in their free time.
Darmen Sadvakasov has a champion character. He rarely offered a draw in official games to opponents, preferring to win. Moreover, he once rejected a draw offer from FIDE World Champion Vasily Ivanchuk and won.
Yet, this time, eight of the 20 ERG employees achieved a draw. The grandmaster also noted the best players: Vadim Zarubin (Aluminum of Kazakhstan JSC), Salim Sakenov (Vostochny cut, EEC) and Oleg Golovchuk (SSGPO).
General Sponsor of the World Championship is Eurasian Resources Group
General Partner of the World Championship is Samruk Kazyna NWF
Partner of the World Championship is Astana International Financial Center