Kazakhstan is hosting a match for the title of the new World Chess Champion – Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi and Chinese grandmaster Ding Liren are fighting to win the World Championship match.
As part of this great tournament, various chess events are held in the capital of Kazakhstan. For the first time in Kazakhstan, tournaments and sessions were streamed using idChess!
From April 9-16, Astana hosted Future World Champions, the 1st stage of the Children's Chess Cup of the Republic of Kazakhstan among boys and girls under 14. 160 children took part in the competition. For the first time, the first 10 games in the U10 and U14 categories were streamed using idChess.
160 children played in the tournament – 146 boys and 34 girls from different regions of Kazakhstan. On day 2 of the tournament, world champion Viswanathan Anand came to wish the young chess players good luck. He also wished them not to forget to enjoy the game and made the first move on the first board.
Parents and coaches watched the game on the screens in the fan zone or from their mobile phones using the link to the tournament.
Leaving the playing hall, a lot of children also gathered at the screens to review their game and see how others played.
The awards ceremony took place on April 16. The celebration was attended by players, parents, and coaches. Congratulating the winners, Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Marat Yessenov noted the high level of sportsmanship, fair play and true team spirit of young chess players.
In the A tournament among boys U14, Segizbaev Iskander (Akmola region) took first place (7 points), and Altynbek Ayaru (Astana) became the leader (6 points) among girls U14. In the group among boys U12, Zhandos Akarys (Almaty) became the best (7 points), and Aknur Mamakova (Mangystau region) became the winner among girls U2 (5 points).
In the B tournament among boys U10, Aitzhan Karim (Astana) won first place (7.5 points), and in the tournament among girls U10, Aliya Zhumambayeva (Ekibastuz) took first place (6.5 points). Among boys U8, the first place was taken by Astana resident Anetov Amirzhan (7 points), and among girls U8, Moshenskaya Sofia (Kostanay) became the winner (5 points).
Chess players from all over the country participated in the tournament. In the team standings, a team from Astana (Serikkazy Nuraly, Altynbek Ayaru, Aitzhan Karim, Lednikova Elizaveta) took first place, a team from Pavlodar region (Akhmet Suleiman, Nurman Aruzhan, Omarbek Adlet, Zhumambayeva Aliya) placed second. A team of representatives of the Kostanay region (Eskatov Alikhan, Nabiev Iman, Moshenskaya Sofia) won third place.
The organizers noted the youngest participants of the tournament. Alexandra Goryachkina, the winner of the third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix, awarded the youngest players with prizes from idChess.