Vladimir Putin opens a chess school in Sochi

Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik will conduct master classes at the school named after him opened on 10th of May in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially opened the school. The ceremony was also attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov; Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov; Government Deputy Chairman Arkady Dvorkovich; President of the ROC Alexander Zhukov; head of the Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov, Russian presidential aide Igor Levitin; former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, grandmaster Sergey Karjakin and businessman Gennady Timchenko.

"We have outstanding chess school. We gave the world famous masters and grandmasters. I have familiarized with the exhibition demonstrating how chess helped people to live during the war. Moscow hosted a chess tournament during the Battle of Stalingrad, and people played chess even in the sieged Leningrad. This means that the country has always paid great attention to chess and chess have always helped the country ", said Vladimir Putin in his welcoming speech.
"The chess school was opened in the educational center Sirius today", Ilyumzhinov told reporters. “This is a very important step that we were able to make with assistance of the President Putin. After all, chess is on the border of sports, science and art. "
According to Ilyumzhinov, new groups of children selected from different regions of Russia will come every month to Kramnik School. The course will last 24 days. 16 children and 4 trainers will be engaged in study under the supervision of famous grandmasters. At the same time, Kramnik himself will give master classes", said the head of FIDE.