The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum is organising a Friendship (DRUZHBA) Chess Festival, within the framework of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of Russian-Indian Diplomatic Relations, dedicated to the 125th Birth Anniversary of Alexander Alekhin
On Alexander Alekhin’s birthday, October 31, 2017, the final match of young Indian chess players will take place, as well as the solemn closing ceremony of the semi-annual chess festival with the awarding of medals, commemorative gifts and certificates to the winners.
In the festival, the players of two age categories compete for the title of the best player: from 7 to 13 and from 14 to 18 years. The winner of the senior category will be awarded the DRUZHBA trophy, and the best player in the junior category will receive a special prize, a trophy named after the strongest chess player of the world – Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhin.
Even though chess originated in India, it was developed in Russia. Russia has produced the maximum number of grand masters and helped millions to develop their skill. Even Grand Master Viswanathan Anand was a member of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Chennai.
The 1st tournament for junior level was held on May 16, 2017. Famous cultural activist and former Chairman of the Kerala Sangeeta Nataka Academy Mr. Soorya Krishnamoorthy inaugurated the series of Chess Tournaments. District Chess Association President Mr. Rajendran Achari presided over the function. More than 60 players participated in the first level of tournament. Mr. Unnikrishnan M.S and Mr. Hari Suresh became the champions of the first round.
According to preliminary calculations, about 500 people will take part in the South Indian competitions. Most of the participants of the tournament comprehend the basics of the strategy and tactics of paying chess under the guidance of experienced teachers of the Chess Academy Mr. Rajasekharan Pillai and Mr. Rajendran Achari.