The third round of the 6th Republican Interschool Chess Chamionship took place in Yerevan, Javakhq, NKR and all the regions of Armenia from March 28 through April 7. The Republican Interschool Chess Championship has been held in Armenia upon the initiative of RA Chess Federation and the Republic of Armenia's Education and Science Ministry, through AGBU's sponsorship. The goal of the national championship is to promote a love of chess among schoolchildren and identify talented young people who can grow to be future champions in the sport, helping to continue Armenia's role as a major player in world chess competitions. The Yerevan Municipality hosted the Yerevan semifinals on March 30th. Present at the game were RA Chess Federation Vice President Smbat Lputyan, AGBU Armenian Representation Managing Committee President Ashot Ghazaryan, Deputy Mayor of Yerevan Vano Vardanyan, other officials, parents and guests. Most successful at the Yerevan tournament were #2 college (3rd prize), school #190 (2nd prize) and school #170 (1st prize). These three Yerevan schools will continue the struggle in the final round that will take place in Gyumri in May. On April 2, Smbat Lputyan and Ashot Ghazaryan also attended the Artsakh semifinals. The winner here was Qashatagh school. General sponsor of the tournament, Armenian General Benevolent Union, awarded netbooks to all the winners of the semifinals in Armenia, NKR and Javakhq. The winners of the tournament, as well as their coaches, will also be awarded by the AGBU. 6th Republican Interschool Tournament started in the fall of 2011. AGBU, which has already donated more than 5,700 chess boards, 150 chess clocks, computers and other presents to the winners during the past 5 years, continues its support of the tournament. AGBU and Chess Federation of Armenia have been cooperating for more than five years now. Last year, as part of this cooperation, AGBU also sponsored the first pan-Armenia youth chess olympiad, held within the frameworks of “One Nation, One Culture” festival, which brought to Armenia 40 high-ranking young Armenian chess professionals from Diaspora, Armenia and Artsakh.
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