On the 16th of February Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kuala Lumpur held Russian Diplomats’ Day Open Chess Tournament for children and adults dedicated to the Day of Diplomat celebrated in Russia on the 10th of February.

The event started with simultaneous exhibition with Russian Grandmaster Alexander Fominykh. 20 players decided to challenge Russian FIDE coach, and 7 have successfully ended a game in a draw, but no one could win the Grandmaster this time.

Afterwards, during the opening ceremony the director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture Dr. Ayrat Akhmetov in his welcoming speech briefed about the history of the Russian Diplomat’s Day and wished the players all the best in the tournament.

Open chess tournament was held at the Cultural Centre for the 3d time. 80 players from 10 countries took part in the event this year. Children and adults from Malaysia, Russia, Austria, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and other nationals have played 6 rounds, competing for the prizes in 4 different categories.

Malaysian player Hassan Rayyan Teh became a champion in Open category. The first place among diplomats was given to Andrey Stepanov, Deputy Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Malaysia. Talented Malaysian player Thamilarasu Shivendra won the champion in the category “Children under 12” and A’Dira A’Dawiyah Abd Aziz became the best lady player of the tournament. The youngest and the oldest participants of the game have also received a special prize. A chess team of the Russian Embassy School in Malaysia guided by a coach Alexey Kopytkov had also attended the tournament and fought for the prizes. Primary school student Sasha Antipov was the 4th in the category “Children under 12”.  At the end of the event the Minister-counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Malaysia Anton Revutskiy congratulated all the players on the successful game, while trophies and medals were handed to the winners of the tournament. After that the organizing committee – International Arbitier, Honorary Secretary, MCF Abd Hamid Majid, the secretary of the tournament Ms Shireen Ding and International Grandmaster, FIDE coach Alexander Fominykh received the letters of appreciation from the Director of Russian Centre of Science and Culture Dr. Ayrat Akhmetov for their enormous contribution and help to promote chess in Malaysia.

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