Kazakhstan Hosts World Team Chess Championship
World Team Chess Championship is being held in Kazakhstan for the first time. The best chess players from 14 countries compete in Astana. The participants represent countries, such as China, Azerbaijan, Iran, the USA, Egypt, Russia, Sweden, the UK, Ukraine, Hungary and Armenia. There is also a team representing India, which is the birthplace of chess. There are many world and regional champions among the teams.
According to Deputy President of Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Zhandos Abishev, there is no particular cash prize, but there are cups and medals for the teams and individual players who represent their countries. For example, runner up of the 2016 World Championship Sergey Karyakin who is one of the world’s best chess players is leading the Russian team. The majority of teams presented their best players.
Kazakhstan team includes Rinat Jumabayev, Murts Kazhgaleyev, Anuar Ismagambetov, Denis Makhnev and Pyotr Kostenko. The national women’s team includes Dinara Saduakassova, Bibisara Assaubayeva, Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, Gulmira Dauletova and Zhansaya Abdumalik. The team leader Zhansaya believes that the Kazakh team’s major opponents are players from Russia, Ukraine and China.
“Kazakhstan women’s team is ranked 6th at the start of the competition. I believe that advancing to the top five will be a good result. We will do our best to achieve a higher position. It is important for the team to focus at the tournament. The environment in the team is very good. As a team leader, I will do my best to maintain the good spirit in the team,” said Zhansaya Abdumalik, chess grandmaster, member of Kazakhstan National Chess Team.
The first World Chess Championship was held in 1886. Chess is currently played by 650 million people in the world, including 200,000 Kazakhstan players.