Rest day at Women’s Candidates Chess Tournament
The English have a saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. The Womens’s Candidates Chess Tournament had a free day yesterday which gave the participants some much-needed breathing space.
A few officials and players took a trip to the Tatar village Tugan Avylym (which means “Native Village“).
A Tatar Khan and his wife met the guests at the main gate for a photo session, and then the guests were invited to dress in real Khan clothes.
There was also a sweet treat, a master class on cooking “Gubadiya” which is, a delicious Tatar pie.
The guests also took part in a traditional Tatar tea-drinking ceremony with some trivia on national traditions and customs.
Children’s Chess Tournament
The chess tent on Bauman Street was bursting with life – a blitz tournament for children took off on June 7 at 3 pm. Thirty-two young players were divided into two groups and competed in a single elimination round. Players who won their games qualified for the main tournament, a 5-round Swiss. Those who lost continued to play in a consolation tournament.
Alan Zaripov won the main event with 4.5 points. Ilmir Farukhov was second with 4 points & Timofey Grigoriev third with 3.5 points.
All players received diplomas and gifts from the organisers.
GM Sergey Shipov
Twenty young players then attended a master class by GM Sergey Shipov who is a famous Grandmaster and coach.