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- Written by Elena Ledyaykina
Today, on the 2nd of June International Draughts World Championship began in Ufa. The official opening was attended by Harry Otten, the President of the World Draughts Federation, Andrey Ivanyuta, the Minister of Youth Policy and Sports of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Irek Yalalov, the Head of Urban District Ufa Administration, sportsmen and invited guests.
Andrey Ivanyuta, the Head of Youth Policy and Sports Administration of the region read the greeting on behalf of the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan:
“Hosting in our region such a significant and representative competition demonstrates the authority of the Bashkir draughts school that has vivid names and rich traditions. I am sure that games of the World Championship will be held in an exciting and entertaining manner, with an atmosphere of honest competition. It will enhance the prestige of draughts and will give rise to its popularity among the youth”
The head of the World Draughts Federation Harry Otten welcomed the participants. In his speech he noted:
“40 best sportsmen participated in this competition, which is very impressive. Championship will start with the game of the current world champion Alexander Georgiev. Perhaps he will show all his strength and superiority again”. Also, Mr. Otten announced that in 2014, Ufa will host the World mind games championship including draughts, chess, bridge, etc.
Right after the opening ceremony was held drawing procedure in each of the 4 groups. 1st round will start today at 16.00 p.m. We remind that 40 sportsmen from 24 countries are participated in the World Draughts Championship.
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Arnaud Cordier (France)refused to participate. He will be replaced by Artem Ivanov (Ukraine)
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The opening ceremony of the World Championship will be held on 2nd June in Leisure Centre of the sanatorium "Green Grove" .
The president of FMJD Harry Otten, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan Marat Magadeev, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Bashkortostan Andrei Ivanyuta, representatives of the Administration of the city of Ufa, athletes and other guests has been invited.
The ceremony begins at 12.00. Entry for media by accreditation cards. Information line: +79177938811 - Elena Ledyaykina.
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Press conference was held today by IA “Bashinform”.
Participants were: chief of professional draughts club “Bashneft” Yury Chertok, head of "Management of organization and holding of sports events of Bashkortostan" Alexander Efimov, current world champion Alexander Georgiev, Pan-American champion Alan Silva (Brazil).
World championship of such a format holds for the first time in Ufa. It was held eight years ago in the Netherlands. The tournament will feature the best draughts players of the world - 40 participants qualified in the championships of Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Hundreds of athletes fought for the right to participate in the championship. This struggle has taken the last two years. The prize fund is almost 4 million rubles – that’s what Yury Chertok told.
Alexander Efimov has told us, that all games will be held at the sanatorium "Green Grove". - We expect intense competition. In addition to the sports component we scheduled cultural program, including field trips and excursions. The experience of international competition shows that unlike other sports, draughts players do not like intense trips, - said Alexander.
The current world champion Alexander Georgiev told about his training and plans. - The strongest players gathered here, and it’s impossible to foreseen the outcome of the championship. For me the mane rivals are international grandmaster Alexei Chizhov, and Bashkirian and Dutch sportsmen.
Brazilian player Alan Silva shared his joy to participate in championship.- I've been training for a long time. I am glad that I have achieved that. For me the main rivals are Aynur Shaibakov and Roel Bumstra - said Alan. These two are among the strongest players and contenders for the victory.
It is believed that the younger the player the faster the reaction time and more chances to win. With such a long distance, and there will be 18 rounds, the advantage is on the side of the young. It will be interesting to watch the game of such talented players - said Yury Chertok. – It will be more difficult for Zoya Golubeva, the multiple champion from Latvia, which by the way was the only one who qualified among the women.