Alexander Zakharov, "Chess in the Winter Olympics program is a great blessing"

As is known, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announced that chess will be included in the program of the Olympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea) - as a kind of exhibition sport. So, most likely, we will know the name of the first ever Olympic champion in chess very soon.

- For inclusion of chess in the Olympic Games is a great blessing. - The director of the Volgograd chess school "Etude", International Master Alexander Zakharov said. - This is a spectator sport, especially the "blitz" or "speed chess". It will look as good as bobsleigh or figure skating.

Each party is a "flash" followed by an unexpected result for serious analysis in the style of a football commentator. The chances are good, we just need to show that chess is a positive, interesting and exciting sport.
We all know that the Volgograd is the city of champions where 24 Games gold medalist were trained. We have something to remember and to be proud of. We've got someone to count on in the future - the same future where chess will be played for Olympic medals - concluded Zakharov.