"Okay, Let’s Have the Women’s Championship". Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on the Idea of Holding the Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk

Время публикации: 14.11.2012 21:26 | Последнее обновление: 14.11.2012 22:19

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov gave an interview to the official website of the Women's World Championship and told how the idea of holding the championship in Khanty-Mansiysk was born:

"In 2010 we talked with Natalia Vladimirovna Komarova, and she asked: “The Olympiad is over, can we organize something else?” And I said: “Okay, let’s have the Women’s Championship!” She jumped to the idea! Soon the Ugra Chess Federation sent us an application. They had no competitors, and the Presidential Board voted for Khanty-Mansiysk. Everybody was very impressed about the way they handled the Olympiad."

The view from he Hotel Olimpiyskiy where the participants of the championship live

The FIDE President gave a special mention to the first time he visited Khanty-Mansiysk:

"I came in winter, it was very cold, -40, and everybody was wearing valenki. The Governor presented me valenki too. They knew how to work with biathlon, which was the most popular local sports, but chess? It looked weird, but the Ugra government fell in love with the idea. Some places organize one event and back off, but in Khanty-Mansiysk chess already became a tradition. Chess players come here and feel like at home. I remember when I announced the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2005, nobody knew this place. The Presidential Board members started to google it and looked shocked when they found its average winter temperatures!"


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