President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich and the 14th world chess champion Vladimir Kramrik will take part in a discussion on Chess after COVID-19, organized by the Roscongress Foundation and FIDE and set to take place at 11:00 on 29 June in an online format.
«We will discuss the latest trends in the world of chess, FIDEs initiatives to develop online chess, and the explosion of interest in the game during the pandemic. We will also look at the gradual return of offline tournaments, the potential and benefits of introducing chess to educational programmes, the legacy of major competitions and other interesting topics. We have worked alongside the Roscongress Foundation for a long time, hosting chess lounges and other sporting projects at major economic forums, and are now continuing our cooperation in the virtual space,» said Arkady Dvorkovich.
Other participants in the discussion will include CEO of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky, rector of the Russian State Social University Natalya Pochinok, State Duma Deputy Alikhan Kharsiev, and Director of the Department of Physical Culture and Sports of Primorye Territory Jean Kuznetsov. Moderator Deputy Prime Minister of the Udmurt Republic Mikhail Khomich. Telesport Media will offer its studio facilities to assist in the production of the event.
It is worth noting that the Roscongress Cup chess tournaments, which have enjoyed the participation of the political and business elite, have become a staple event at the St. Petersburg International Economc Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok and the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, and have continued in on online format during the pandemic.
Vladimir Kramnik and Guinness World Records holder for blindfolded chess Timur Gareyev held a simultaneous game session for Forum participants and young chess players from St. Petersburg as part of a FIDE initiative taking place within the sporting programme at SPIEF 2019. Vladimir Matlakov won the debut Chess Express blitz chess promo tournament, which was held in a high-speed Sapsan train travelling from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the sidelines of SPIEF 2019. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, World Chess Championship runner-up Sergey Karjakin and other eminent grandmasters were also among the participants in the SPIEF sporting and business programmes. One of the top grandmasters in the world, Yan Nepomnyashchy, was joined by First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Alexander Zhukov and Governor of KhantyMansi Autonomous AreaYugra Natalia Komarova in a presentation of the World Chess Olympiad at the Russian Investment Forum 2019.