April, 23th, 1997.

    The IV International Chess SuperTournament "NOVGOROD THE GREAT - 97" and 9th stage of Russia Chess Cup "Novgorod - open 97".

    At 12.00 on April 23th in Novgorod City Administration a press-conference devoted to the to the events was held.

    Participants in the Press-Conference

    1. Kibina Irina Ivanovna, Vice-President of the Municipal Duma, Director of the fund of International Chess Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great".
    2. Gratchev Nickolai Ivanovitch, Head of Novgorod City Administration Committee on Physical training and Sport;
    3. Starkov Valery Victorovich, President of Novgorod Chess-Club;
    4. Firsov Ivan Alexeyevitch, Head of Novgorod Region Chess-Federation.

    The Super Tournament will be held on 11-23 June, 1997. Three celebrated sport masters of Russia, International Grandmasters Gary Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Evgeny Bareyev will participate in it.

    Another three sportsmen - Boris Gelfand (Belorussia), Nigel Short (Great Britain), Veselin Topalov (residing in Spain, but playing under the flag of Bulgaria) - will also be the participants in the Super Tournament. The average rating of the Novgorod tournament in 2719 (the X1X FIDE category). The Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great" will comprise 10 rounds divided into 2 halves. The participants will have 3 days of rest after the 3rd, 6th and 8th rounds. The prize fund of the SuperTournament amounts to $ 70 000.

    The 9th stage of Russia Chess Cup "Novgorod - open’ 97" will take place from 13th to 22nd of June. It will comprise 9 rounds. Among its participants are the best Russian and foreign chess-players. Both competition - the SuperTournament and Russia Chess Cup - are financially sponsored by the State Committee on Physical training and tourism, by Russian Chess-Federation, Novgorod Administration, Beresta-Palace Hotel, "Novobank" and others. The organizing committee of the Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great" is presided by Michail Mikhailovich Prusak, the Governor of Novgorod region (Chairman), and by Alexander Vladimirovich Korsunov, Mayor of Novgorod (vice-chairman). The official organizer is the fund of the Chess Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great". The competition will take place in the building of the regional Philarmonic Society in the Kremlin. The supertournament will be commented upon in the Internet System (chess.novgorod.ru) Journalists will be accredited in accordance with established order on 1-11 June, 1997.

    Telephone : (816-2) 132-156 The fund of the SuperTournament is grateful to CSHC ‘Mobile Telephone’ for mobile communicational maintenance.

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