Tuesday, April 22, 2008

FIDE is going to open a chess centre with academy and museum in Baku

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. Ceremony of official opening of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Grand Prix first tournament took place in Baku yesterday. The ceremony that was attended by the FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the birthday of the national leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, and led off a range of the Grand Prix tournaments. Within the strategy of opening of chess palaces and centres in capitals of the world FIDE made a proposal to the Azerbaijan Chess Federation for construction of an international chess centre in Baku.

“In case the proposal is received a complex to compose International Chess Academy and Chess Museum can be built in the centre of Baku. This is an investment and commercial project. Investments in the project will be made by both FIDE and organizations co-operating with it (Global Chess, Chess Line, etc). Terms and cost of the construction depend on the proposal and the project that is estimated differently in various countries,” Ilyumjinov said.

In 2009 FIDE is to open such a centre in Yekaterinburg (Russia), Seoul (Republic of Korea) and Kishinev (Moldova).

“We mark high chess potential of Azerbaijan. The country is one of the few ones that is ready to adopt State Chess Development Programme for period until 2013,” Ilyumzhinov said.

The tournament that opened yesterday is due to last until May 6. It gathered 14 Grand Masters from 10 countries and has XIXth (the highest) category of FIDE.

Source : http://abc.az/cgi-bin/wnews_one.cgi?nid=23325&lang=eng