27.06.2017

Ilyumzhinov closes the World Team Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk

On June 26, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Khanty-Mansiysk. Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Yugra Natalia Komarova met FIDE President at the airport. Issues of development of chess in the region and preparation for new major competitions were discussed during the meeting. "A Team Championship is a significant event. Everyone is satisfied and everything is at a high level. Khanty-Mansiysk is a sign of quality," Ilyumzhinov stressed.

Further, head of FIDE met with President of the Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko. Later, he made the first symbolic move in the last round of the Women's Team Championship (at the Russia vs Ukraine match).
Then Kirsan Nikolayevich took part in the final briefing of the organizers of the World Team Championships (both women's and men's) together with Vasily Filipenko and the tournament's executive director Valery Radchenko.
The closing ceremony took place at 8 pm. Speaking of the origins of the Ugra chess progress, Ilyumzhinov recalled an unusual presentation of Alexander Filipenko. In 2010, first head of the Autonomous Okrug brought an application for the World Cup and Chess Olympiad and felt boots to the hot city of El Ain.
"Yugra was the centre of the world chess life throughout those 12 days. And yet 12 years ago in 2005, no one knew that a beautiful city of Khanty-Mansiysk would appear on the chess map and become the centre of development of world chess. FIDE delegates switched on their computers and searched for location of Ugra. Probably, there is not a single chess fan, who has not heard about Khanty-Mansiysk now.
Since then, FIDE together with the Russian Chess Federation and leadership of the region held hundreds of chess competitions in Russia and round the world. I would like to especially thank Governor of Ugra for daily support of the development of not only professional but also public and children's chess. We all will be happy to come again to this fertile land in 2020," said Ilyumzhinov.
After awarding the winners, head of FIDE announced the championship closed.
Recall that the Chinese team was the leader of the Men's Championship. The Russians took the second place with a minimum margin of one point. The third place was taken by the national team of Poland.
The Russian women’s national team became the winner of the team tournament for the first time in history. The team of China managed to take the second place at the last moment and the chess players from Georgia won bronze.

 


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