Uzbek Play­ers Tri­umphant in Ba­tumi

The Ge­or­gian city of Ba­tumi has hosted the World Chess Olympiad, a pres­ti­gious team com­pe­ti­tion in this type of sports held once ev­ery tow years.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - Igor Saneyev

Al­most all of the world’s lead­ing chess play­ers took part in the con­test, and among men and women, 150 na­tional teams com­peted for vic­tory, which in­cluded four main play­ers and a sub­sti­tute.

The men’s na­tional team of Uzbek­istan, hav­ing se­cured six vic­to­ries in 11 rounds, suf­fered two de­feats and fin­ished three matches in a draw, even­tu­ally tak­ing the 16th po­si­tion. This re­sult is gen­er­ally quite good. But there were pe­ri­ods when the Uzbek team per­formed bet­ter, tak­ing even prizes.

In ad­di­tion, the young chess play­ers, Nodirbek Yakub­boev and Nodirbek Ab­dusat­torov, per­formed very well in our team along with ex-world cham­pion Rus­tam Kasim­janov. So, Yakub­boev not only fin­ished sec­ond on his board, but also ful­filled the norm of an in­ter­na­tional grand­mas­ter.

There is no doubt that our men’s team has very bright prospects, and it will also man­i­fest it­self in the next Olympiads.

But the women’s squad, which had not had suc­cess­ful per­for­mances at such a high level be­fore, showed it­self from the best in Ba­tumi. Hav­ing won six vic­to­ries and scored 15 points, our lineup came 17th by show­ing a truly team spirit, play­ing on equal terms with the lead­ing chess play­ers. All our girls per­formed per­fectly, but the game of the na­tional team leader Gul­ruh­be­gim To­hir­jonova was im­pres­sive, be­cause she was op­posed by the best chess play­ers on the first board.

The ath­letes of China be­came the Olympic cham­pi­ons among both men and women, ahead of Amer­i­cans, Rus­sians, and all the rest. And this is a nat­u­ral suc­cess, be­cause great at­ten­tion is paid in the PRC to the de­vel­op­ment of chess, even in­clud­ing them in the school cur­ricu­lum.

Of great in­ter­est was the elec­tion of a new pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Chess Fed­er­a­tion (FIDE). To the de­light of Rus­sian sports fans, the vic­tory was won by the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of their coun­try, for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Arkadiy Dvorkovich. But the for­mer FIDE Pres­i­dent Kir­san Ilyumzhi­nov, who led FIDE for more than 20 years, did not take part in this elec­tion.

On the ac­tiv­i­ties of Ilyumzhi­nov as the head of FIDE, for some rea­son, many peo­ple re­flect in a wrong way. And in vain! Kir­san Niko­layevich has done a lot for the de­vel­op­ment of chess all over the world. He, in par­tic­u­lar, fought to the last to en­sure that chess was in­cluded in the pro­gram of the Olympic Games. He in­vested his per­sonal funds for many in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments. With grat­i­tude will he be re­mem­bered in Uzbek­istan. For ex­am­ple, it was only thanks to him that our lead­ing chess play­ers got the op­por­tu­nity to play in the Grand Prix com­pe­ti­tions in chess, which were also held in Tashkent.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Uzbek­istan, Hu­san Tur­dialiyev, is re-elected as pres­i­dent of FIDE zone 3.4 for the coun­tries of Cen­tral Asia.

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