News Feed Item

Chess Helps Puts Khanty-Mansiysk On the Map

MOSCOW, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Khanty-Mansiysk, a city in northern central Russia has been successfully leveraging chess to raise the city's and the surrounding region's profile, reports Chess News Agency. A city in Russia's oil and gas patch, Khanty-Mansiysk has been quite a boom town, with population tripling in the past 25 years. Taking advantage of its sub-arctic location and strongly continental climate, with long cold winters, Khanty-Mansiysk has become a Mecca for Alpine and Nordic skiing and biathlon since the late 1990s, holding top international and domestic tournaments. However, it was chess that propelled Khanty-Mansiysk to international fame.

"Khanty-Mansiysk hosted its first major international chess tournament – the World Chess Cup – in 2005," FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said, "featuring then-14 year-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen as one of competitors, some eight years before he won the World Champion's title. Just like the now-reigning World Champion, the city has come a long way since then, making chess an essential part of its culture and its daily life," Ilyumzhinov added. "The Khanty-Mansiysk – Yugra Autonomous Region was one of the first to implement the Chess in Schools program several years ago, and it became a good tradition in 2012 to open 'Chess Corners' at corporate offices, banks, and government agencies across the city and region."

The city unveiled the Yugra Chess Academy, Russia's first, in September 2010.

"So we opened the Yugra Chess Academy – an instant landmark and a green building – to welcome competitive chess players, students, and all chess enthusiasts in 2010, and the rest was history – in 2011, it accommodated nearly 30 top-level international chess tournaments and countless classes and chess other events," Khanty-Mansiysk Mayor and President of the Yugra Regional Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko said. "It has really paid off, helping to make our city a prime international chess destination. It was an excellent investment in the future of our city and our community."

The recent 2014 Candidates Tournament held at the Yugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, which pitted the world's top grandmasters for a chance to challenge the reigning world champion later this year. The tournament was widely covered by international media, and the tournament's website received more than 2,000,000 visits, with many enthusiasts following the games live, and many more catching updates of the tournament. This raised the host city's profile, making it one of the most popular search terms among international destinations in India, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

"It really put us on the map for many people out there," Governor of Yugra Natalia Komarova said. "Photos of Viswanathan Anand, who has won the 2014 Candidates, sitting in a reindeer sleigh and wearing an aviator hat have been published by major Indian newspapers, boosting the interest in our region in the world's second most populous country. This interest should translate into increased contacts between our region and India and make people there and elsewhere aware of what we have accomplished," the Governor added.

Khanty-Mansiysk is currently hosting the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2014, which will last from April 9 through 21. This way, chess continues to help keep this northern city in the international spotlight, as a top sports venue and a fine example of a community that benefits from mind sports.

Chess News Agency
Ludmila Smirnova
[email protected] 
+1 917 475 6452

SOURCE Chess News Agency

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Daniel Jones is CTO of EngineerBetter, helping enterprises deliver value faster. Previously he was an IT consultant, indie video games developer, head of web development in the finance sector, and an award-winning martial artist. Continuous Delivery makes it possible to exploit findings of cognitive psychology and neuroscience to increase the productivity and happiness of our teams.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
As DevOps methodologies expand their reach across the enterprise, organizations face the daunting challenge of adapting related cloud strategies to ensure optimal alignment, from managing complexity to ensuring proper governance. How can culture, automation, legacy apps and even budget be reexamined to enable this ongoing shift within the modern software factory? In her Day 2 Keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Aruna Ravichandran, VP, DevOps Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies, was jo...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...
"NetApp is known as a data management leader but we do a lot more than just data management on-prem with the data centers of our customers. We're also big in the hybrid cloud," explained Wes Talbert, Principal Architect at NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
Evan Kirstel is an internationally recognized thought leader and social media influencer in IoT (#1 in 2017), Cloud, Data Security (2016), Health Tech (#9 in 2017), Digital Health (#6 in 2016), B2B Marketing (#5 in 2015), AI, Smart Home, Digital (2017), IIoT (#1 in 2017) and Telecom/Wireless/5G. His connections are a "Who's Who" in these technologies, He is in the top 10 most mentioned/re-tweeted by CMOs and CIOs (2016) and have been recently named 5th most influential B2B marketeer in the US. H...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that "Miami Blockchain Event by FinTechEXPO" has announced that its Call for Papers is now open. The two-day event will present 20 top Blockchain experts. All speaking inquiries which covers the following information can be submitted by email to [email protected] Financial enterprises in New York City, London, Singapore, and other world financial capitals are embracing a new generation of smart, automated FinTech that eliminates many cumbersome, slow, and expe...