We must bring back the beautiful times!

On 12 March, Tashkent Open international chess tournament dedicated to the memory of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Uzbekistan, kicked off in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). There are 64 players in tournament “A” with 13 grandmasters. Chess players from Armenia, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Brazil and other countries take part in it along with domestic players. Competitions are held on the Swiss system with the classic time control of nine rounds.

A notable feature of this tournament is that, along with experienced and well-known masters and grandmasters, young players, veteran ones and the fair sex take part in the tournament. It is a great opportunity to express oneself and gain experience.

The participation of Nodirbek Yakubboev is of great interest to Uzbekistan chess lovers. He is in second place in the ranking of the players of this tournament. International grandmaster Karen Grigoryan from Armenia is only two points ahead. Recently, Nodirbek has completed the standard of an international grandmaster for the third time, so technically he already is a grandmaster, but a formal confirmation of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) is necessary.

The prize fund of the tournament is $ 20 thousand, and the winner of tournament "A" will receive $ 3 thousand. If the organizers manage to increase the prize fund, then the world ten top chess players will join the Tashkent Open.

One need only to recall the recent past, when, at the initiative of the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Grand Prix tournaments were held in Tashkent, which attracted prominent players. And that happened more than once! Why not bring back these beautiful times, especially since we have the emerging generation that needs rivalry with the strongest players