FIDE team visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan Print
Monday, 19 November 2007 00:00
During the Presidential Board meeting in Mexico in September, it was agreed that a FIDE team would visit Almaty in Kazakhstan to investigate opportunities together with the Kazakhstan Chess Federation. A delegation composed of former FIDE Vice President Geoffrey Borg and the PA to the FIDE President, Mr Berik Balgabaev, met with the Deputy President of the Federation, Mr. Saken Seifullin and the new Executive Director of the Federation, Mr Mikhail Bulanov in October. Mr Seifullin was also assisted in the meetings by Mr Yerzhan Dossymbekov, Financial Controller of the SAFC Group. During the Presidential Board meeting in Mexico in September, it was agreed that a FIDE team would visit Almaty in Kazakhstan to investigate opportunities together with the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.

A delegation made up of former FIDE Vice President Geoffrey Borg and the PA to the FIDE President, Mr Berik Balgabaev met up with the Deputy President of the Federation, Mr. Saken Seifullin and the new Executive Director of the Federation, Mr Mikhail Bulanov in October. Mr Seifullin was also assisted in the meetings by Mr Yerzhan Dossymbekov, Financial Controller of the SAFC Group.

Almaty is fast developing as a leading city in Central Asia and the economy is booming on all fronts thank to the responsible investments coming from the oil and construction industries.

Following the visit by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in August, it was satisfying to note the progress that the Federation was making, and plans for the development of chess were discussed. The Kazakhstan Chess Federation will be organising the World Blitz Championship in 2008 and opportunities for organising a number of other tournaments in 2009 were also investigated.


Geoffrey Borg and Saken Seifullin in front of a large chess painting in the SAFC Headquarters


Mihail Bulanov and Geoffrey Borg with the famous Tien Shan mountains in the background


The famous Medeo ice skating rink in Almaty
 
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