International Grandmasters Viktor Komlyakov and Irina Vasilevich (Moscow) conducted a game of multi-board chess with 50 students of the Botwinnik Chess Academy at the RCSC in New Delhi on October 27, 2012.
The game was organized in the framework of the Days of Moscow in New Delhi. The event was attended by chess players, as well as by dozens of spectators, who came to support their friends and relatives during the match.
"For novice players, it is a unique chance to play with the pros. Of course, it inspires and encourages young people", said the Head of the Botvinnik Chess Academy Mr. R.S. Tiwari.
Three of the young players could end the game in a draw. According to Victor Komlyakov, nowadays Indian players are one of the strongest in the world, and chess clubs are becoming more popular. "My colleagues and I came to India for workshops at the invitation of the Indian Chess Federation. Today, Indian chess schools are interested in cooperation with Russian coaches", said a coach of Anatoly Karpov School of Chess Victor Komlyakov, who participated in the Chess Olympiad six times, and now coaches younger generation of chess players in Russia and abroad. During the meeting in New Delhi, Victor Komlyakov gave a lecture on the use of on-line resources for self-study.
"Chess is an intellectual game that teaches to think and to analyze. It is useful for anyone. The ability to estimate helps everyone in seeking respect and success, regardless of the origin and occupation", said Mr. R. S. Tiwari, explaining the reason for the growing popularity of chess in India.
According to the organizers, the merit of sport in strengthening the people-to-people interaction is still under-developed. "It's nice to know that several chess clubs in India are named after Soviet chess players. But I wish to see more Indian and Russian chess students meet on a regular basis at international competitions and master-classes. Passion for chess, as well as for music and painting, helps people of different countries to understand each other better", said the Director of Anatoly Karpov School of Chess Irina Vasilevich.
Victor Komlyakov and Irina Vasilevich with the representatives of the RCSC, coaches and students of Botwinnik Chess Academy took part in the opening ceremony of the training class of the Academy after the renovation.
The Botwinnik Chess Academy at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture was established in 1978. The chess academy, named after the world chess champion, started with a humble beginning, can now boast of an ambitious membership of several hundreds. Indeed, some of the members have become international chess-players. Recently, one of its members, Mr. Sahaj Grover, became the Grandmaster.
The Academy has a brilliant record to reckon with in the past in nurturing best talents during their childhood. To mention but a few, there are: the second youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi, and the Women's winners of the Asian Chess Championship Tania Sachdev.
In 1984, Viswanathan Anand took part in the second in Indian history International Chess Tournament organized by the Academy.
The Academy conducts annual coaching camps under the guidance of the famous Russian coach, Mr. Aleksandr Lysenko. Around 60 students took benefit of his coaching, and 20 children got international ratings after successfully attending the coaching camps.