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The third stage of Grand-prix FIDE among women has been opened in Nalchik
Saturday, 08 October 2011
081011_opening.jpgThe third stage of grand-prix FIDE among women took the start in Russian town Nalchik. On Saturday evening in hotel “Sindika” the ceremony of solemn opening and the draw of the tournament took place.

The president of Kabardino-Balkarian republic Arsen Kanokov warmly greeted the guests. “Big chess tournaments, which are held in Nalchik, have favorable influence on the image of Kabardino-Balkaria and all the North Caucasus; – he said – Each year we look forward to these measurements and we want the tradition of their holding in our republic to be continued. Besides, we discussed with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov the possibility of including chess to the system of school education.”

The president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov pointed out that during these years Nalchik has become the world chess center. Also the ground of Kabardino-Balkaria turned out to be lucky for Russian female chess players.  In 2008 in Nalchik after the 20 years break Alexandra Kosteniuk won world chess crown for Russia, becoming the winner of the world chess championship. And last year Tatiana Kosintseva was the winner of grand-prix stage. In Kabardino-Balkaria its own champions have already appeared, and after including chess as the extra curriculum subject in schools program of the republic there will be even more of them. After that he declared the tournament to be opened.

The playing days will be from 9-12, 14-17, 19-21 of October. The rounds will start at 15.00 Moscow time.
We remind that Nalchik hosts big chess tournaments for the fourth time. The woman world championship, male and female stages of Grand-prix were held here.

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