The IV International Chess SuperTournament "NOVGOROD THE GREAT - 97" and 9th stage of Russia Chess Cup "Novgorod - open 97".
The first press-conference "On holding
in Novgorod the International Chess Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod
the Great" and the 9th stage of Russian Chess Cup "Novgorod-open’97"
was presided by Irina Kibina, Director of the fund of the International
Chess SuperTournament "Lord Novgorod the Great" ; Nickolai Gratchev,
Head of Novgorod City Administration Committee on Physical training and
Sport, Valery Starkov, President of Novgorod Chess-Club and Ivan Firsov,
Head of Novgorod Region Chess-Federation.
The prize fund of the Tournament "Novgorod
- open’ 97" is $10 000. Mainly, it is financed by Russian Chess Federation
State Committee on Physical Training and Tourism. It sponsors half of the
sum for the Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great". The rest
is sponsored by Novgorodian organizations, commercial firms and enterprises.
The prize fund of the Super Tournament is $70 000. The 1st place prize
is $ 25 000, the last place prize is $ 5 000.
Here, in Novgorod for the 1th time in the history of Chess-Tournaments a new prize system is implemented: 3 points for the won game, 1 for the draw. The top score in the old (official) and in the new system can not coincide.
According to Nickel Gretchen, head of Novgorod
Region Committee of Physical Training and Sport, playing chess is very
popular in Novgorod nowadays. It was impossible to give a chess-player
a candidate degree some years ago, because competitions were not held.
But now the Chess-Club and its sections can not accommodate those who want
it play chess, there is a necessity to open the 2nd Chess School (there
is one: Novgorod sport school ¹31, trainer Eduard Egorov).
Famous chess players, included into the 1st hundred of the best players will participate in "Novgorod - open’97", among them : Cheburdanidze, Dsematov, Balagan, Rublevsky and others. A lot of guest are expected at the Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great". Managers of Indian Great master Anand will come for a few days, their visit would probably results in Mr. Anand’s coming to Novgorod himself, he had not a possibility to participate in 1996 because of private circumstances. President of Karelia and President of FIDE Kirsan Ilimzhinov have not yet changed their intention to come, and are expected at the opening ceremony of the Super Tournament "Lord Novgorod The Great".
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