Kumtor was the general sponsor of an international chess tournament for children

Kumtor was the general sponsor of an international chess tournament for children

published: 16 December 2021

“Kumtor Gold Company” was the general sponsor of the international chess tournament for children “Queen Move”. The name was not chosen randomly – the competition was intended to draw public attention to protection of rights of girls and women.

The FIDE Managing Director Dana Reizniece-Ozola explained how the gender equality issue relates to chess: “I can tell you my own example. The skills I got from chess helped me a lot in the men’s world of politics. I was Minister of Economy and Minister of Finance in my country.

Young players from our country, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan took part in the two-day tournament.  In addition, master classes from the leading grand chess masters were arranged for the participants of the competition. Their visit to Kyrgyzstan became possible also thanks to the support of the Kumtor Company.

“Chess is not a commercial sport, so the support of large companies like Kumtor is very important”, said chief judge Aziz Umarbekov.

“Today Kumtor is not only the leading company, but it is also a socially responsible company. This sport brings up unique abilities in children, such as analytical thinking, making right decisions, endurance and patience, and one of the most important, to my opinion is a willpower.  Realizing the importance of the young generation in the future, the company will continue to invest in the education of young people. Our children are very talented, and n the future it will all affect our country. This was the reason of our decision to support the Kyrgyz Chess Federation,” said Tengiz Bolturuk, KGC’s External Manager.