Kazakhstan Championship in chess among men is over in Almaty. After 11 rounds in the classics, Grandmaster Nurlan Ibraev won the title of champion of the country. The 12 strongest chess players of the republic came together to fight for the title of champion and a prize fund of 2.5 million KZT. Silver went to grandmaster Petr Kostenko, bronze went to grandmaster Anuar Ismagambetov.

“It was a tense game, because I had to fight with members of the Kazakhstan national team. And the younger generation of chess players are now playing at a very high level, – says forty-two-year-old N. Ibraev, – It was not easy to win, but this time the experience took over.”

Champion of Kazakhstan in addition to the cash prize of 600 000 KZT. Received the right to represent Kazakhstan in the personal championship of Asia, which will be held from 6 to 16 June in China, as well as in the Zonal tournament in Uzbekistan.

For Nurlan, this is the second gold in the republican championships. He took the first medal at the age of 27 at the 2005 Men Championship. In recent years, he was engaged in coaching. Ibrayev took part in the republican championship this year as a nominee from the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.

“Nurlan Ibrayev is the head coach for chess in the city of Nur-Sultan, – says the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Irina Grishchenko, – and we only welcome it when the coach himself plays in serious competitions. This helps him, firstly, to keep his finger on the pulse, and secondly, to stay in shape. And Nurlan showed that his skill has gone nowhere over the years.”

The men final of the Championship of Kazakhstan was held in a circular system in 11 rounds with a calculation of the FIDE rating. The championship was attended by winners of last year finals, winners of the semi-finals of the current year, champions of the country among young men, as well as members of the Kazakhstan national team.

General partner of the KCF is NWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, social partner is foundation for development of social projects “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”.

General sponsor is the Kazakhstan Chess Federation NGO – the Scientific and Educational Foundation named after Academician Shahmardan Esenov.