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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chess Charity Project for Disabled Kids: World GMs for Children

Hello chess blog friends,

On November 9, within the framework of the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian a special session of simultaneous game “World Grandmasters for the children” will be held. The young chess players with physical disabilities will have a unique opportunity to play with the greatest grandmasters of the world. The event is organised by the Tashir Group of Companies, the Russian Chess Federation and the charity Fund "The country of talents" with the program of the all-Russian charity evenings for disabled children "Melody of the game".

Eight children from the Moscow Metropolitan Area correctional schools will contend with the participants of the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian held from November 3 till 11 at Novotel Moscow City. A team of grandmasters will compete with the children: the World Cup holder, three-time Olympic Chess Champion Levon Aronian (Armenian), the ex-world champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), the two-time World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk (Russia), the Vice World Chess Champion Boris Gelfand (Israel), the Vice World Champion Peter Leko (Hungary), the China’s leading grandmaster Din LiZhen, the two-time Chess Champion of Russia Alexander Morozevich and the winner of the Russian Championship Higher Leagues Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia).

The judge of the "World Grandmasters for the children” simultaneous game will be Boris Postovsky – the chief judge of the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian. The grandmaster Rafael Vaganian will reward the participating children of the session.

Zara Agemian, head of communications and marketing of the Tashir group of companies: "Disabled children have unlimited mental capacity, a great will-power to overcome all difficulties on the way to the victory. Any actions today are shaping the tomorrow, and our task is to create the conditions contributing to the intellectual development of the younger generation. We are happy to be able to hold a special tournament for children within the framework of the main tournament and to give children the chance to play and socialize with the greatest grandmasters of modernity".

Rafael Vaganian, the grandmaster, the Chairman of the appellation committee of the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian:

"For the improvement of the young players, live communications with the leading grandmasters of the world play a great role and computers can’t replace it. I remember many years ago all boys and I used to look at Tigran Petrosian, how greedily we were devouring every word of the great champion! This game for disabled children will surely give them plenty of bright emotions and inspire for a deeper study of chess. Our game brings people together and stays with us for life!"

The main aim of the evening is to attract the attention of the public and the media to the possibility of self-realisation and socialisation of disabled children through studying chess.

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