On April 21, the Final of the Kazakhstan Chess Championship starts in Almaty. 22 strongest chess players of the country will play out the prize fund of the tournament of 5 million tenge. Champions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, separately among men and women, in addition to a cash prize of 600,000 tenge, will be entitled to represent Kazakhstan at the Asian Championships, Central Asian Cup and Zonal tournament 3.4.
“The members of the national team, the winners of last year’s finals, the winners of the semifinal of the 2018 Kazakhstan Championship and the champions of the country among juniors will meet in the finals. The nominees from the Kazakhstan Chess Federation will also compete with them, ”said Dastan Kapaev, head coach of Kazakhstan.
Eminent domestic chess players and rising stars of chess sports as Murtas Kazhgaleev, Anuar Ismagambetov, Denis Makhnev, Petr Kostenko, Guliskhan Nakhbaeva, Madina Davletbaeva, Gulmira Dauletova, Assel Serikbay and others will take part in the final.
“We are striving to make our tournaments the forge of new grandmasters,” says the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Irina Grishchenko, “We succeeded, this year both championships will be held with the norms of international grandmasters.”
The men’s final will be held in 11 rounds and will last until May 2, the women’s final consists of 9 rounds and will end on April 29th. The tournament is held in a circular system with a rating calculation in FIDE. All finalists receive guaranteed cash prizes, holders of gold, silver and bronze medals are also awarded with medals and diplomas. Today, champions of Kazakhstan are Murtas Kazhgaleev and Guliskhan Nakhbaeva.
The general partner of KFS is Samruk Kazyna National Welfare Fund JSC, the social partner is the Sumruk-Kazyna Trust social projects development fund.
The general sponsor of the NGO “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” is the Shahmardan Yesenov Scientific Educational Foundation.