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NEWS AND EVENTS
September 19, 2013
Women\'s FIDE Grand Prix starts in Tashkent
In Tashkent from 18 to 30 September 2013, in the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan will be held Women’s FIDE Grand Prix.

World FIDE Grand Prix is held in 6 series, which lasts for 2 years, each participant (total 18) is eligible to participate in four of these series. The first two steps already taken place in Geneva and Dilijan, the third - in Tashkent, the rest will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Tbilisi and Erdenet.

The winner of the whole of the Grand Prix at the end of 2014 will have the right to play a match of ten parties in 2015 with the current world champion among women for the title of world champion (the current world champion - Anna Ushenina, Ukraine). If the world champion wins the Grand Prix, then second placed in Grand Prix will have the right to face the champion. 3 best placed chess players in the result of 6 series of Grand Prix will play with each other for the right to challenge the world champion.

In the opening ceremony of Tashkent Grand Prix was present FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

- It has become a tradition to hold such events in Uzbekistan. Chess Federation of Uzbekistan is developing dynamically. In Uzbekistan first FIDE Grand Prix was held in 2012, from November 21 to December 4. It was the second series of the FIDE Grand Prix 2012-2014, among men. At the closing ceremony of the Grand Prix FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumjinov announced plans of FIDE to cooperate with Fund Forum and the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan in 2013, among which the most important event was the decision to hold the third series of the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. I think that it is too early to sound plans for next year, but I will say that FIDE plans to hold similar events in Uzbekistan every year. Perhaps this will be the Asia Cup, or even the world - the president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Draw was held during the opening ceremony:

Participants of Women’s FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent: IM Bela Khotenashvili, 2514 - Georgia; GM Humpy Koneru, 2607 - India; WGM Ju Wenjun, 2535 - China; GM Kateryna Lagno, 2532 - Ukraine; GM Antoaneta Stefanova, 2496 - Bulgaria; GM Gulisxan Naxbayeva, 2307 -Kazakhstan; GM Harika Dronovalli, 2475 - India; GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2495 - Russia; WGM Olga Girya, 2439 - Russia; GM Elina Danielian, 2470 - Armenia; GM Zhao Xue, 2579 - China; WGM Nafisa Muminova, 2293 - Uzbekistan.

The representative of Uzbekistan, international grandmaster Nafisa Muminova start her campaign in Tashkent series.

The opening ceremony ended with the traditional \"first move\" by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Minhodjiddin Hojimatov the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan.

We remind that the prize fund of the tournament - 60 000 Euros, 1st place - 10 000 Euros.

(Source: Uzreport.com)

Uzbek jockeys Best in Central Asia

The 3rd qualifier round of the Central Asian League for the World Cup in Equestrian Sport has been held in Tashkent region.

Some 50 athletes vied for victory in the competition organized under the aegis of the International Federation of Equestrian Sport by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Federation of the Equestrian Sport of Uzbekistan with a purpose of further promotion of this type of sport in the country and the elevation of expertise and mastery of our jockeys.

As a result of the special attention paid under the leadership of President Islam Karimov to the development of sports, the equestrian sport has also been advancing in our country dynamically. This has been confirmed also during the competitions of the 3rd qualifier round of the Central Asian League for the World Cup.

In the Grand Prix contest of the World Cup qualifier round that was organized at the Allure equestrian-sport club in Tashkent region’s Bostanlik district, our experienced jockey Umid Komilov prevailed over barriers of 140 and 160 centimeters high in 88.81 seconds and rose to the highest level of the podium. And now, our athlete will take part in the final stage of the World Cup in equestrian sport due in 2014. The rest prize places have also been earned by Uzbek horse riders – Mirzahid Musaev and Ghairat Nazarov.

In the official collective competition for the Commonwealth Cup organized within the frameworks of the Central Asian League, our national team comprising Mirzahid Musaev, Behzod Kurbanov and Avaz Abduhakimov won the gold medal.

Our compatriots succeeded also in single performances. In contests for overcoming the obstacles of 140 and 145 centimeters in height, Behzod Kurbanov, Avaz Abduhakimov, Mirzahid Musaev, Akil Sabirjanov and Davron Ruzimuhammedov proved triumphant. Avaz Abduhakimov and Temur Sadikov were victorious in prevailing over barriers 130 and 135 centimeters high.

In another tournament within the competition – the contests among boys under 14 – the first place went to Abdulaziz Sabirjanov, while Komil Sabitov from Kyrgyzstan came second, and our jockey Abdushukur Sabirjanov won the third prize.

(Source: Uzbekistan National Agency – UzA)


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