Chess boom grasps the Central Asia. Given the fact that the alternative to this game is now so easy to find on the Internet, the growing popularity of chess is even surprising, writes the Kyrgyz Internet media Kloop, trying to understand the reasons for this trend.
In Turkmenistan, chess is become popular fad among children of primary school age and teen-ages. In Ashgabat, the specialized chess school operates in full blast. There are two tournament halls for 200 and 100 players, 25 training and 10 computer classes, rooms for the analysis of sets.
At present, the country considers the possibility of introducing chess in general compulsory education.
Turkmen young chess players conquer new peaks in international competitions and tournaments. Saparmyrat Atabaev, the national record holder for the number of victories in the junior championships of Turkmenistan, scored a success at the World Chess Championship among 7-17-aged schoolchildren in Sochi (2016), and was awarded the gold at the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul (2012).
Turkmen chess players Shageldi Kurbandurdyev won the gold and silver medals (under-8 division) and Lala Shohradova (under-10 division) at the World Cadet World Championships in Batumi in 2016.
Among the juniors, Azat Nurmammadov (under-13 division) had distinguished himself at the Asian Championship in Tehran in 2016. He won the gold and silver. Soltan Myradov, took the first place in the Turkmen team at Asian Championship in Tehran in under-15 division.
Chess is included in the program of the Ashgabat-2017. The chess competitions will be held on 21-27 September 2017 and 10 sets of medals will be played.
“Chess is the only intellectual game that teaches a person to think multichannel, when several steps are counted forward, when you see both strategy and tactics, you see the goal and the path,” explains Irina Grishchenko, executive director of the Chess Federation of Kazakhstan.
There are 40 chess schools in Almaty and Astana. 30-60% of secondary schools in each city and region of Kazakhstan have chess clubs.
In June this year unusual children’s camp “Planet of Chess” has been opened in Almaty. It opened doors for 50 children aged of 12-14 from different regions. From 1 September 2017, the pilot lesson “Chess” will be included in the schedule of 18 secondary schools in Kazakhstan.
Children chess-players improve their academic performance in mathematics and physics, speed of reading, their enthusiasm for books, and better incline to other sciences.
The young chess players from Kazakhstan win fame in the country and abroad. Zhansaya Abdumalik fulfilled the standard of the male international grandmaster at the age of 17. Aisha Zakirova won the title of world champion until she was 8 years old. Asel Serikbay became three-time Asian champion and world champion among schoolchildren in 2017.
Nowadays 400-500 players participate in junior chess competitions in Kyrgyzstan, comparing to 70-80 five years ago.
The young sportsmen achieve success at the international level as well. More recently, in Kazan, at the III World Games of young compatriots, 14-year-old chess player from Kyrgyzstan Ruslan Szedbekov became the absolute winner and won first place among 76 boys from 13 to 15 years.
150 students study at school of Chess Federation of Tajikistan and most of them are children at 8-14 years old.
Among the famous Tajik chess players is Muhammad Huseynkhodjayev, who won second place in the Central Asian Zone Championship in Tashkent, and was awarded the right to participate in upcoming World Chess Cup in Tbilisi.
Chess player Mutriba Hotami scored the bronze at the Asian Youth Blitz Championship in Iran.
In view of growing popularity of chess, the Committee on Youth and Sports under the Government of Tajikistan pays particular attention to the development of this sport in the country.
The Chess Federation of Uzbekistan numbers over 1,7 thousand members. There are 100 chess clubs in Tashkent and in total there are 10 international grandmasters in the country.
At international competitions in 2016, the country’s chess players won 40 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals.
In 2016, 12-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who once became the world champion title in the category of children under the age of 8, was very successful at international Chigorin Memorial Tournament in St. Petersburg.