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An interview to the press center of World Championships on fast chess and blitz


An interview to the press center of World Championships on fast chess and blitz

The Governor of Ugra Natalia Komarova answered the questions of the press center of World Championships on fast chess and blitz.

«Natalia Vladimirovna, why has Ugra been having chess games here for so many years in particular?»

«This year in Ugra we are opening the 8th season of international chess championships. We value not only the sports, but the intellectual component of this type of sport as well. Chess in particular is called a good practice for thinking. At the same time, this type of sport is one of the most popular ones. We have confirmed that when we had World Cups on chess in Ugra in 2005, 2007 and 2009. The final status of the chess capital was received by Ugra after the 39th World Chess Olympiad and the 81st FIDE Congress that took place in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2010. Now the sports calendar of the Autonomous Okrug lists more than thirty chess competitions, including the International Internet tournament for the Cup of the Governor of the Autonomous Okrug. Every year it gathers together approximately 1,500 chess masters from the whole world. Ugra is the Northern region with complex natural and climate conditions, and these types of universal kinds of sports are extremely popular here. In order to hold world tournaments of the highest level we have created all the necessary infrastructure — from the first in the country Chess Academy, a large hotel and recreation complex, to the transportation and the IT component without which modern chess sport is simply unthinkable. We are planning to do everything in the future as well in order to keep up the level of one of the chess capitals of the world.»

«What new things are Khanty-Mansiysk guests going to see this time during the World Championship on fast chess and blitz?»

«Traditionally, an intense cultural program is developed for participants. The audience from the whole world will be able to follow the online broadcasting of games and journals of the tournament. Right after the Championship ends, Ugra will host 200 participants of the International scientific and practical conference «Chess education is an important resource of the world system of education». 30 leading specialists in the sphere of chess education from 8 world countries will hold a series of master classes for Ugra teachers of this discipline. Our Autonomous Okrug has long earned the title of a «flagship» in implementing chess in schools. The planned conference has to give a strong impulse to the future development of this sports competency of Ugra and the spread of chess knowledge, first of all, among the youngest residents of the region.»

«We know that a program «Chess at school» has been working in the Okrug for several years now. Could you, please, tell me about its results?»

«The chess have harmoniously fitted in the educational process in Ugra. At the present moment, more than 9.5 thousand Ugra students are playing chess now. Playing chess as an elective course is taught in 120 educational institutions of the Autonomous Okrug. Over the last six years, chess groups appeared in each second school of the Regon.»

«The growing generation has an opportunity not only to play chess but also show their level of mastery in personal team championship of the Autonomous Okrug in chess among children's teams «Hope of Ugra», as well as the Okrug tournament «White Horse» («Belaya Ladiya»). The winners of these tournaments will receive an opportunity to perform at pan-Russian competitions with the same name. These exact days there are final games of Secondary General School No. 1 from Khanty-Mansiysk are representing Ugra at this tournament. Using this opportunity, I want to wish success to the kids.»

«Over the recent time the chess movement entered a lot of schools and other social establishments of the Autonomous Okrug. In 2012 in Ugra a new project was started called «Fewer white spots on the Chess board of Ugra». It is implemented by the staff of Ugra Chess Academy, the Department of Physical culture and sports of the Okrug and representatives of the Chess Federation of the Autonomous Okrug. They are working on creating chess corners in social and educational institutions of the region. The opportunity to do an intellectual type sport appeared now for the patients of the Okrug clinical hospital of Khanty-Mansiysk, students of Ugra State University as well as for the guests of a center of social services for people called «Svetlana».

«In Khanty-Mansiysk over the recent years approximately a dozen large pan-Russian and international chess tournaments took place. Which one of them do you remember the most?»

«By all means, I remember the World Chess Olympiad the most. This was the first time when we hosted guests from 150 world countries. Each game played in Ugra found response in world chess community. And based on the reviews that chess masters left at the end of the tournament, the Olympiad in Ugra left the best impressions in the chess world.»

«The unforgettable sight was also the World Championship on chess among women that took place in the Autonomous Okrug in 2012. Smart and beautiful girls at the same time fought for the main trophy of the tournament. A Ukrainian chess master Anna Ushenina won. I hope that in the future we will see Ugra chess masters on the pedestal of honor as well. Seven of our residents are taking part now in World Championships on fast chess and blitz. I personally will be their fan.»

«What other big international competitions are planned to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk in the nearest future?»

«The sports chess calendar has already been formed. In 2014 we will host the Grand Prize series on chess among women, the World Championship on fast chess and blitz among women. Besides, there will be a team World Championship on chess in Khanty-Mansiysk and a number of international competitions for the juniors.»

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