Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru in Gorbachev's Shadow

Время публикации: 02.12.2011 00:16 | Последнее обновление: 02.12.2011 00:34

WWCC match announced closed

The closing ceremony of the Women’s World Championship match between women who have already been forgotten by many, took place in Tirana, Albania. One of the participants Hou Yifan secured victory over Humpy Koneru a week ago, which means the organisers had plenty of time to not only organize the closing ceremony of the event but bring something unusual to it.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the first and the last President of USSR became the special guest of the ceremony. He was invited by his friend, the Head of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. 

When the current World Champion was born, the country, which was headed by the person, who presented her the medal, had already disappeared from the World map.   

In his speech Mikhail Gorbachev congratulated the winner, sympathized with the defeated participant and noted that the first thing we all have to do is to think about “kids, their education and opportunities”. Let us remind you that the FIDE project “Chess in Schools” is implemented under his patronage. 

It’s not Gorbachev’s first visit at the competitions of this level. For example, in January 1998 he attended the closing ceremony of the World Championship match between Karpov and Anand.

photos by Anastazia Karlovich and Anna Burtasova with a kind permission of FIDE 


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