On December 28 and 29, 2013, TCO hosted its third Chess Festival organized in honor of the Independence Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The annual Festival, which started in 2011, has united more than one hundred chess supporters from across Atyrau oblast.
Assiya Kystaubayeva, head of Atyrau oblast akimat's Internal Policy department and Meirim Kalaui, head of the Youth Policy department, gave a warm welcome to festival participants.
“Regardless of the challenges over the past 22 years, we were able to build innovative social programs and have been globally recognized. Our company’s business also contributes much to the development of our country”, TCO Legal and Negotiations General Manager Samat Azhenov mentioned in his welcome speech. “- Our social programs are designed to build human capacity and strengthen spiritual values and civil awareness. I believe this chess festival is one of the brightest examples of such initiatives!”
The Vice-champion of Asia youth, Zhanibek Amanov, participated in this year’s Festival. According to Amanov, who is considered an international master of sports, the organization level of the event is high enough and can serve as a model for other tournaments.
“Our city needs such competitions. Atyrau cannot compete with other cities as Pavlodar and Astana which have developed chess programs…That’s why they have more champions,” Zhanibek Amanov said in conclusion.
This year, the competitions had three categories: individual all-round, boys under 18 years of age, and girls under 18 years of age. The competitions were held in accordance with the FIDE Chess Code on the Swiss system in 7 rounds. Each player had 30 minutes to complete a match game. Officiating was conducted by the Atyrau Oblast Chess Federation trust named after G. A. Aidaraliyev, represented by its Vice-President Sabyrbay Gaisin.
More than 60 players competed for the title of the all-around champion, and Serik Kenzheyev was deservedly recognized the winner. This is the third time Kenzheyev is the winner of the Chess Festival. Zhanibek Amanov and Kazhiden Sultanov won the second and the third prizes, respectively.
Aksana Yerlankyzy, Zhuldyz Yeleusin, Zhazira Boran won prizes among girls under 18 years of age, and Dilyara Gabitova was recognized with an incentive award. Winner of the young male category was Nurbek Khairoshev. Shyngys Boran and Nurbol Galymzhanuly won the second and the third prizes accordingly. The twelve participants of the festival have been recognized with incentive awards in several nominations.