Non professional chess players have participated in outdoor tournament

Non professional chess players have participated in outdoor tournament

Blitz chess tournament for non-professional players was held today in the capital of Ugra. 77 fans of this oldest intellectual game from all parts of the region have participated in this blitz tournament. The competition was dedicated to the FIDE Grand Prix Final that will start today in Khanty-Mansiysk.

On the opening ceremony of the tournament the participants were greeted by the head of Khanty-Mansiysk, the president of Ugra chess federation Vasily Filipenko, the deputy director of the department of physical culture and sport of Ugra Igor Krutko and the head of FIDE in Russia Berik Balgabaev. They wished luck to the participants telling that this tournament is the unique one, because young chess players have all the chances to get some experience and knowledge from the professional players.

The weather was warm and sunny thus making the participants enjoy the process of playing even more. There were a lot of pupils of Ugra Chess Academy and veterans of sport among the players. The tournament was international as first two boards were occupied by the FIDE officials Geoffrey Borg (Malta) and Javier Ochoa De Echaguen (Spain), who, by the way, has the highest rating among all the participants – 2436. After playing their games Geoffrey and Javier were analyzing the games with young chess players.


«This is the 35th leg of ДGrand Prix for me. But this is the first time I see such an event on the day of opening the professional tournament. This is great! I’d like to thank all the organizers and Ugra Chess Academy for the opportunity to take part in such a tournament», — said Geoffrey Borg.

In a very tense fight the winner became Sergey Sychyov from Urai. The guest of Ugra capital Geoffrey Borg was the second. The third position was got by Alexander Sibryaev from Khanty-Mansiysk. Winners in some age categories – girls and boys under 12, juniors and veterans – were also awarded with diplomas and prizes from the organizers.