Putin welcomed the participants of the world chess championship among schoolchildren

Путин приветствовал участников чемпионата мира по шахматам среди школьников

Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted the participants, organizers and guests of the world chess championship among schoolchildren held in Sochi, and noted that the tournament will contribute to the growth of popularity of this game, telegram posted Friday on the website of the Kremlin.

“I am pleased to welcome you in the hospitable city of Sochi at the world championship on chess among students. Gathered here today are young athletes from many countries. Know that they have passed a serious selection, and showed great personality, creativity, a winning attitude and ready to fight on equal terms with strong and worthy opponents,” — said in the telegram.

Putin noted that Russia has “a special respect to chess, pay great attention to the enhancement of the glorious traditions established by our outstanding masters”. According to him, every year expanding network of clubs and groups organized in major tournaments, including international, and chief among them is the open all-Russia competitions among school teams, “White rook”. More and more kids involved in chess movement, the President said.

“Sure, the FIFA world Cup in our country will allow participants to get acquainted with the Russian chess culture will boost the popularity and development of interest in this intellectual game. And of course, they won’t have time for Dating and companionship, will be able to touch the Olympic history of Sochi. I wish you success and good luck”, — said Putin.