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AGBU SPONSORS THE FIRST PAN-ARMENIAN CHESS OLYMPIAD

As part of the “One Nation, One Culture” festival the first pan-Armenian chess olympiad took place in Yerevan from August 15 to August 23. The joint initiative of the RA Diaspora Ministry and the Chess Academy of Armenia brought to Yerevan forty high-ranking Armenian chess players from Diaspora, Artsakh and Armenia. For most of them this was the first opportunity to visit their homeland. The first pan-Armenian chess olympiad was sponsored by Chairman of the Union of French in Armenia Raymond Yezeguelian, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) and “Armavia” company. The total prize fund of the tournament, 22,000 USD, was provided by the AGBU. 10 teams (7 from Diaspora, 2 from Armenia and 1 from Artsakh) participated in the tournament each consisting of four players. The participants from the Diaspora were divided into groups based on their regions: Russia – 2 teams, CIS – 1, Europe – 1, Near and Middle East – 1, North America – 1, South America – 1. The Yerevan team was headed by Tigran Petrossian. The opening ceremony of the first pan-Armenian chess Olympiad took place at the Chess Academy of Armenia on August 14 with the participation of RA President Serj Sargsyan, RA Diaspora Minister Hranoush Hakobian, and First Vice-President of the RA Chess Federation and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia grand master Smbat Lputyan. The tournament gave a new impetus to the development of Armenia-Diaspora relations and contributed greatly to the spreading of Armenian chess traditions among the Armenian youth. It also helped boost sport and youth ties between Armenia and different Armenian communities of the world and promote a love of chess among the youth. This was an unforgettable opportunity for the Armenians from 12 countries of the world to compete with each other in their homeland. The results of the tournament were summed up and the names of the winners were announced during the closing ceremony of the olympiad at the Chess Academy of Armenia on August 23. The winning teams were the Europe team (3rd prize, 2000 USD), the Yerevan team (2nd prize, 2400 USD), and the CIS team (1st prize, 3000 USD). The winners on individual score basis were: Grikor Sevak Mekhitarian (Brazil, 3rd prize), Tigran Petrossian (Yerevan, 2nd prize), and Poghos Nahapetyan (Russia, 1st prize) among men, and Katerina Rohonian (USA) and Siranoush Andreasian (Etchmiadzin, sharing the 3rd prize), Tatev Abrahamian (USA, 2nd prize), and Diana Arutyunova (Ukraine, 1st prize) among women. All winners received financial awards from the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Several participants of the Pan-Armenian Olympiad received international norms: WFM Tatev Abrahamyan fulfilled the norm of Women's Grandmaster, Diana Arutyunova - Men's International Master, FM Poghos Nahapetian, Manuel Petrosyan and FM Hovik Hayrapetian - International Master. RA Diaspora Ministry and Chess Academy of Armenia awarded the sponsors and the organizers with certificates, letters of gratitude and medals. For four years now AGBU is cooperating with the Armenian Chess Federation sponsoring the annual republican interschool chess tournaments.

 

 

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