Anastasia Sorokina: "Chess in the world revived thanks to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov"

After a nearly 15-year hiatus in the capital of Belarus took place a major chess tournament - the European Championship in rapid chess and blitz. On the eve of the competition, the Deputy Chief Justice Anastasia Sorokina shared her assessments of development chess.
"I remember in Minsk hosted a chess tournament in 1986. The audience was very high. The television was broadcast "Gambit." People could go to name the champions and champions. In the 90s all began to fade. But now, all over the world a new round - chess develop interest in it revived ", - said Sorokina.

"I believe that this is due to the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. He introduced the Grand Prix tournaments, good prize money came not only in male but also in women's chess, increased wages arbitrators. In Belarus - also a renaissance of the sport. Parents bring to our school children aged three years. People understand the importance of creative and logical thinking, perseverance, ability to make independent decisions. In chess, a lot of qualities that will be needed later in life, "- said the chess player.

From the Editor. Anastasia Sorokina - the niece of the famous Soviet grandmaster Viktor Kupreichik. She started to play chess with five years in the late 90s the last century, was part of the national team of Belarus. The last three years, led by the country's only children's chess school, which has internationally accredited FIDE.