A new Mass Chess record has been set on the Day of the City of Cherkassy, Ukraine

A new national record of the most massive simultaneous game of online chess on a single board was set in Cherkassy. It happened during the celebration of 172th anniversary of the founding of the city. According to experts, this is a unique achievement and has no analogues in the world. FIDE Head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed congratulations to the participants: "Ukraine is rightfully considered a chess state with deep traditions. Chess is loved and appreciated there. I am sincerely glad that this Mass Chess tournament was held in Ukraine. Please accept my sincere congratulations to the participants, guests and organizers of this mass game."

One of the sites of the Valley of Roses was turned into a chessboard on that day. There was the so called "the Battle for the city" - an online competition between the two regions of Cherkassy (Sosnovsky and Pridneprovsky). Every move of a team was made according to voting in the MASS CHESS mobile application. People dressed up as chess pieces reproduced the course of the game on the board set up in the Valley of Roses. The game was also broadcasted on the big screen. A total of 234 residents joined this record game, which lasted 31 minutes. Among the participants were Mayor of the city Anatoly Bondarenko and his deputy Yuri Botnar.
 "Chess is a great way to develop mind power and intelligence. Together with the physical training, which we are also taking care of in Cherkassy, ​​this will enable us to turn the city into the sports capital of Ukraine," commented Yuri Botnar on his participation in the tournament and added that he played for the White team.
The expert of the National Registry of Records of Ukraine Aleksey Yankovich, confirmed the record set in Cherkassy and presented the corresponding certificate.
21-year-old Danil Miroshnik won the main prize of "the Battle for the city" - 10 000 hryvnias. He played chess since he was eight. Now he works as a coach at Debut Cherkasy Chess Club.
"I was genuinely impressed by the level of the game," he said. "Initially, I did not expect the game to be played so professionally, but the players showed a high quality game."
The organizers passed the baton of the mass chess game to the city of Odessa.