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Chess is becoming an important part of life in Kabardino-Balkaria
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
150409_press-confer.jpgAfter the ceremonial opening of the Fourth FIDE Grand Prix Chess tournament at the Musical theatre in Nalchik, KBR President Arsen Kanokov and FIDE President, Head of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Iljumzhinov answered the journalists’ questions.
In his opening speech Arsen Kanokov pointed out that chess is becoming  an  important part of the life of the republic, and tournaments of this kind serve as a strong impulse for the development of  mass sports: “Kabardino-Balkar Chess Federation headed  by KBR Deputy Prime-Minister  Madina Dyshekova is actively working. Recently I have been to Tersky district where I saw how enthusiastically children from the chess- club "Ladja " were involved in  chess playing. We are planning to open such clubs throughout the Republic and starting from September to introduce chess classes into the schools as an optional subject”.
KBR President also informed that on the agreement  with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov children from Kabardino-Balkaria will be visiting  Kalmykia to gain skills from their peers: « It is very important for the  popularization of this ancient intellectual  game;  besides, they will get acquainted and get to know  each other in a better way. This will also contribute to the strengthening of friendship between our peoples». Answering the question on the importance of sports competitions of international level for the republic, Arsen Kanokov underlined that they enhance the  image of the Republic. In his  turn FIDE President emphasized that the first significant sport event- the 2008 Women World Chess Championship-  held  in KBR at “a remarkably high organizational level, resulted in the emergence of a new small point under the name of Nalchik on the world chessboard map”
Coming back to the introduction of chess classes into school curriculum, Ilyumzhinov pointed out that Turkey showed everybody a good example by introducing chess classes into  64 thousand schools, the students’ academic level  being  considerably improved. Explaining why Nalchik has been chosen for the sport event, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov informed: «With your republic and your President Arsen Kanokov we have established strong friendly ties long before. Hopefully, the tournament will be held at the high organization level and in a quiet and  friendly atmosphere».
Journalists wondered how Arsen Kanokov came to convince KBR Government in the necessity of allocating money to this event.
- “There are no budgetary funds here, - KBR President stated. – For a long time I have been involved in business, and I still have business ties. Besides, private business and banks of Kabardino-Balkaria have responded to my call for financial support. Since long we have been having traditions of sponsorship. To exemplify, when due to this or that reason we are short of budgetary funds to refurbish a hospital or a school our businessmen support us. We, in turn, try to support them at the governmental level. It is due to this approach Kabardino-Balkaria has lately managed to change its rating from 88-th to 44-th among Russia regions”. The press conference has come to the end on a light hearted note:
- When I appear to be near Kalmykia, - I try to visit it without fail. I have a favourite restaurant where I order Kalmyk pelmeni, - KBR President shared his gastronomic predilections. Ilyumzhinov noticed with a smile: «I know, in Kabardino-Balkaria Kalmyk tea is very much loved ». Arsene Kanokov added: «We take it with our lacooms (local pastry). Fantastic taste!”
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