Khanty-Mansiysk will meet «chess spring»

Khanty-Mansiysk will meet «chess spring»

Very soon the capital of Ugra will host the final leg of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014/15.

The opening ceremony of the tournament will take place on May’13 and next day the leaders of the most popular intellectual sport will play their first games in Ugra Chess Academy.

The tournament will consist of 11 rounds. Chess players will have 2 days-off – there will be no games on May’18 and May’22. Participants of the tournament will be able to attend the cultural program of the competitions, which is now being formed. It is worth noting that the final games will be played on May’26. On the same day the closing ceremony and the awarding of the winners will take place.

12 world best chess players will play in the tournament.  Russia will be represented by five grand masters: Sergey Karyakin, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Dmitry Yakovenko. Besides, chess players from USA, Cuba, France, Georgia, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands will be playing in Khanty-Mansiysk.

All the games of the tournament could be watched online with professional comments as well as latest news and pictures that could also be found on the official web-page of the tournament –  gp.ugrasport.com.

It is worth reminding that FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014/15 consist of 4 chess tournaments. The first one was held in Baku in September 2014, the second one – in Tashkent in November 2014. The third leg took place in Tbilisi.

Ugra is a real chess stronghold. That is how the region is often called by the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk has hosted the World Chess Olympiad. Later the city became the host of the World Rapid and Blitz Championships, the legs of Grand-Prix Series and the World Candidates Tournament, that took place in spring 2014. According to the official statistics, more than 20 000 people in Ugra play chess. Most of them are children. Every municipal unit of the region has chess clubs and sections, their pupils show very good results on national and international competitions.