USUE Rector Yakov Silin visited the All-Russia Chess Festival " Eurasia Open”. This major chess event in the region is held from August 1 to 11, 2018 in Yekaterinburg.
About 1000 participants of the tournament from 30 regions of Russia will take part in the tournament. The program of the festival includes the Cup of Russia among adults (SKB Kontur Cup), the Cup of Russia among children (A. Karpov Cup), open blitz tournaments (N. Rashkovsky and B. Fradkin Cup), and a rapid chess tournament.
Before the opening ceremony of the festival, the Palace of Team Sports hosted a press conference. Anatoly Karpov, the chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Sverdlovsk regional Chess Federation, a State Duma Deputy, the 12th World Chess Champion, Leonid Rapoport, the minister of physical culture and sports of the Sverdlovsk region , Victor Testov, the acting mayor of Yekaterinburg, Dmitry Mramorov, director of SKB Kontur, and Albert Stepanyan, executive director of the Sverdlovsk regional Chess Federation, told about the support of chess in the region, about the goals and participants of the festival, and answered journalists' questions.
The speakers touched upon the promotion of chess among schoolchildren and students. Anatoly Karpov noted that it was necessary to establish chess departments in the regions. "We opened the first chess department in 1967 at the Institute of Physical Education in Moscow. Now it has almost been ousted, it graduates only seven specialists a year. For Russia, it is a drop in the bucket. The departments of chess education were in Samara and at RSSU. If we settle this issue, it would be easier for us to implement chess programs at schools, since there is a catastrophic lack of chess teachers. Any university can enter this program," Anatoly Evgenyevich said.
It is worth mentioning that in July 2017, Anatoly Karpov suggested Yakov Silin establish a department of chess education at USUE. Currently, the six-years training program is being developed in accordance with the Federal State Educational Standard.
According to Yakov Silin, a man who plays chess well, "appreciates the time, risks reasonably, predicts processes and consequences," could become an outstanding economist. "Almost all graduates of our University, with minor exceptions, are future managers and they must be able to predict processes. Economics and chess, forecasting, and analytics are a single process," Yakov Petrovich emphasized.