The Fourth Atyrau Chess Festival, held December 16-17, 2014, gathered nearly 100 chess players to compete in three categories: absolute champion, champion among female participants and champion among veterans. Atyrau Oblast Chess Federation Vice President Sabyrbay Gaisin lead a board of judges to ensure players followed the FIDE Code. Approximately 500,000 KZT in prizes was distributed among Festival winners.
Atyrau Oblast Akimat, community organizations and enterprises representatives attended the December 16 opening ceremony at Tengizchevroil headquarters.
Samat Azhenov, general manager of TCO Negotiations and Legal Department, welcomed Festival participants on behalf of Tengizchevroil. He congratulated the participants and guests on the Independence Day of Republic of Kazakhstan and noted the special role of the Chess Festival. “It is great honor for us to be a part of the event as an organizer and sponsor of the IV Chess Festival. We see this as more than just another event. We see your happy faces as you reunite with old friends and make new friends, and your holiday mood of playing chess! We are also happy for that and we will do everything to make it every year.”
Congratulations and wishes for victory were spoken by Assya Kystaubaeva and Nurzhan Ermukhanov, heads of Internal Policy Department and Sports and Physical Culture Department; Katimolla Rizuanov, chairman of Atyrau Oblast Veterans Council; and other public figures of the city.
After two days of competitions, the title of Absolute Champion was given to Zhanibek Amanov, vice-champion of Asia among youth and chess instructor. Zhuldyz Eleusyn was the winner among female players and Baylaubai Tumbaev won among veterans.
This year two special nominations were added: “The Best Result Among District Players” and “The Best Result Among Foreign Players”. They were given to Nuraly Siguatov and Islambek Daniyarov from Uzbekistan.