The World Rapid and Blitz Championship starts today in St. Petersburg, Russia. On the eve of the New Year, the brightest stars of chess will meet there: Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronyan and Sergey Karyakin. Kazakhstan at the competition will present the six best chess players in the country.

The honor of our republic in the city on the Neva in the men’s competition will be defended by Rinat Dzhumabayev, Murtas Kazhgaleev, Rustam Khusnutdinov. And Dinara Saduakasova, Zhansaya Abdumalik and Guliskhan Nakhbayeva will compete in the women’s tournament.

“Earlier we had to meet with Carlsen in tournaments,” shared international grandmaster Rinat Dzhumabayev, “Today he is regarded as the strongest chess player with steel nerves, who practically makes no mistakes. However, you can win any opponent, and we are ready to show a high result.”

A serious competitor to our chess players will be athletes with a worldwide reputation: Russians Alexandra Kosteniuk and Katerina Lango, sisters Muzychuk from Ukraine, as well as World Cup winner Chinese Ju Wenjun.

“I have high hopes for this competition,” says international female master Zhansaya Abdumalik, “And although this is only my second World Championship among adults, I feel confident in my abilities. And, of course, I would not mind a rematch with Maria Muzychuk. ”

More than 300 chess players from 37 countries of the world will take part in the Rapid and Blitz World Championship. Athletes will compete for a prize fund of almost $ 2 million.

The general partner of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation is Samruk Kazyna NWF JSC, the social partner is the Sumruk-Kazyna Trust social projects development fund.

The general sponsor of the Kazakhstan Federation of Chess is the academician Shakhmardan Yesenov educational fund.

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