AGBU-Funded 7thRepublican Interschool Chess Tournament Finals in Tsaghkadzor

Between May 7-10, the 7th Republican Interschool Chess Tournament finals were held at the Writers’ House Resort in Tsaghkadzor. Eight months ago, 5,000 participants, from schools in Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh and Georgia began competing. After eight months, 72 participants (18 teams of 4 participants each) had reached the finals. These teams gathered in Tsaghkadzor to compete for the title of the Best Chess School Team of the 7th tournament and the awards provided by the Chess Academy of Armenia and AGBU, a long-time and proud tournament sponsor. In addition to the daily play-off games, the Chess Academy of Armenia organized educational visits for the young chess players to various areas of interest in and around Tsaghkadzor. To reach the final phase, participants go through four challenging rounds, with winners advancing to the next level. Phase I involves competitions held within individual schools. In Phase II, winning teams within the same community compete. In Phase III, winning teams from different communities but within the same region participate. And lastly, the finalists reach the Phase IV national competitions. Each team consists of four participants (3 boys and 1 girl). This year’s title was won by the Artashat High School team with Hrayr Hovhanissyan, Yura Ghazaryan, Narek Dzoyan, Karine Vardanyan, led by Coach Mikayel Martirossyan. All members of the winning team received mini-iPads from AGBU. Members of Yerevan Schools #2 and #54 teams, which placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, were given monetary prizes by AGBU. Arpi Vartanian, AGBU-Armenia Director delivered AGBU’s prizes. Smbat Lputyan, Grandmaster and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia, awarded trophies, ribbons, certificates and other prizes to the winners. Individuals were singled out for outstanding achievements. The top individual winners were Hrayr Hovhanissyan and Narek Dzoyan (Artashat high school), Eduard Mkrtchyan (Abovyan High School #4), and Susanna Gaboyan (Yerevan High School #2). “I am very happy for the Artashat team. This means that the chess teams in Armenia’s regions are becoming more active and competitive with the Yerevan teams,” said Mr. Lputyan. “When we first began sponsoring this tournament, our goal was to provide all the schools of Armenia with chess boards and clocks, chess literature and other things necessary to hold this tournament. Today, thanks to AGBU, this issue is resolved. Now, with other goals, the prizes are different too, more personal and attractive,” said Inessa Margaryan, AGBU Armenia Special Projects Coordinator. Since its inception in 2008, the Republican Interschool Chess Tournament, an initiative of the Armenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Republic of Armenia's Ministry of Education and Science, has produced many players who have graduated to the professional level and have taken home prestigious awards from Armenia's Youth Chess Championship, the Republic of Armenia Chess Championship and the international Vladimir Dvorkovich Cup in Moscow. AGBU has been a tournament sponsor for the past six consecutive years.


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