Ural State University of Economics hosted the final of the UFD Chess Championship among boys and girls under 11 and 13 years, as well as teenage boys and girls up to 15, 17 and 19 years. More than 500 best chess players from the region took part in the competitions.
In tough chess battles, the names of 38 finalists were determined. The UFD Championship included three kinds of competitions: classical chess, rapid and blitz. Today, on the closing day of the competitions, future grandmasters were especially praised and thanked for efforts they had given to the game.
Amir Gilyazov, chairman of the UFD Association of Regional Chess Federations said, «After these competitions, we cannot help feeling jealous of the Sverdlovsk „chess aura“. The tournament was the most massive, and it is wonderful that the athletes and organizers were at their best during all nine rounds. Taking this opportunity, I wish those who promoted to the Higher League, to achieve new results, and I hope that in the final you will be proud to represent chess players from the Urals.»
In gratitude for the reception and assistance in the organization of chess competitions, Albert Stepanyan, executive director of the Chess Federation of the Sverdlovsk region, presented the Letter of Acknowledgment to the USUE Vice-Rector for Social Work Roman Krasnov, focusing on the fact that the university is considered to be a platform, which from year to year meets the tournament participants, their parents, and guests. The organizers do their best to consolidate the image of chess sport.
In turn, Roman Krasnov assured the guests and participants of the tournament that in the future the University is ready to receive such competitions and to provide the most comfortable conditions for chess players, «Thank you for working with us, it was interesting to observe emotions and wait for the battle results. We will try to develop further in this direction. We hope and sincerely believe that today’s little stars will very soon be among the chess stars of the world. »
The tournament was interesting because of the presence of best players: some young chess players already have the titles of Champions of Russia and Europe. The Chess Federation sets the task of bringing up champions at home as one of the main goals of its activities. The winners will represent their regions at the All-Russian Championship in Sochi.