The World Championship among boys and girls started in the capital of Ugra

The World Chess Championship among boys and girls 14- 16 and 18 years old started In Khanty-Mansiysk.

412 players from 57 countries will attend the tournament. Here's how FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov explained Khanty-Mansiysk phenomenon: "This town is a special place for us. And the region itself has already reached such a high level, that it may serve as an example of holding the international chess events for other countries and federations."

Recall that all children of Ugra from first to fourth grade are taught chess from September 1 of the new school year. Although, teaching is carried yet out on a voluntary basis for grades from 5 to 11, however, chess is planned to be included in the compulsory discipline for the children of middle and senior grades starting next year.