The Governor of Ugra showed the Chess Academy to honored guests from Finland

The Governor of Ugra showed the Chess Academy to honored guests from Finland

Natalia Komarova, the Governor of Ugra, visited the final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk together with a delegation from Finland today. The guests from Scandinavia arrived to Khanty-Mansiysk to take part in the International Water Forum, which is organized under the traditional ecology program “Save and protect”.

Jari Salonen, chairman of the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme, was leading the delegation. Together with the Governor they visited the playing hall to follow the games live. Interestingly, the Ugra representative grandmaster Dmitry Jakovenko played at the table nearest to the stands.


Natalia Komarova showed the guests a class where young students of the Academy study chess. The pupils said they are keeping close attention to the tournament and naturally support Jakovenko, but they also like Caruana’s play, who is a sole leader of the event at the moment.


The guests also visited the commentary room. Grandmaster Sergey Shipov, who works for the Russian stream, briefly discussed the weather with the Governor. Then the delegation came to the press-center, where Jari Salonen shared his impressions about the Academy:


“The building itself is very impressive and shows that the authorities of the region take developing this mind game very seriously”, said Mr. Salonen. “We were also impressed by the scale of junior chess in Ugra. About 20,000 children here are studying chess – a simply astonishing number! We have a lot to learn from Ugra experience, but perhaps we should get better in hockey first!”


Natalia Komarova addressed to the delegation from Finland, saying that Ugra is always very friendly and hospitable. “We are happy to organize international chess events in Ugra, and the fact that many famous grandmasters visit Khanty-Mansiysk gives great motivation to our young generation of chess players”, underscored the Governor.


“From what we saw in Khanty-Mansiysk today it is clear that Ugra strives to carry out all events at the highest level. I am sure that young sportsmen and all people of Ugra got strong impression from the Surdolimpic Games that were organized here. Your Chess Academy also deeply impressed us. Now we can see what can be achieved with serious attitude”, said Mr. Salonen.

Rector of the Ugra Chess Academy Galina Kovaleva gave Jari Salonen a souvenir – a baby mammoth, which was an official mascot of the Surdolimpic Games that took place in Ugra this spring.