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India's Viswanathan Anand (R) plays against Norway's Magnus Carlsen during the FIDE World Chess Championship. ©Reuters/Babu
Norwegian prodigy Carlsen on brink of world chess title

Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen needs just a draw later Friday to be crowned world chess champion after taking an almost unassailable lead against India's Viswanathan Anand in a one-sided contest.

Norwegian prodigy Carlsen on brink of world chess title
Zhansaya Abdumalik. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Chess: Zhansaya Abdumalik wins silver at World Junior Chess Championship

13-y.o. Kazakhstan chess-player Zhansaya Abdumalik has won silver at the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship 2013 in Turkey.

Chess: Zhansaya Abdumalik wins silver at World Junior Chess Championship
Bibisara Asaubayeva. Tengrinews.kz stock photo
Chess: 9-y.o. Kazakhstan chess-player is three-time world champion

Kazakhstan children have brought 3 medals -- one gold, one silver and one bronze -- from the World School Chess Championship.

Chess: 9-y.o. Kazakhstan chess-player is three-time world champion
Ukrainian women's chess team. ©Vesti.kz
Urkaine wins Women's World Chess Team Championship; Kazakhstan ranked 7th

Ukraine followed by China and Russia won the Chess Championship. Kazakhstan won over Turkey and France, tied with Romania and the United States.

Urkaine wins Women's World Chess Team Championship; Kazakhstan ranked 7th
Photo courtesy of primamedia.ru
Chess: Astana wants to host Chess Olympiad in 2018

World Chess Federation (FIDE) will consider Kazakhstan's bid to host the Chess Olympiad in 2018.

Chess: Astana wants to host Chess Olympiad in 2018
Hou Yifan. Photo courtesy of chesspro.ru
Chess: Russian and Chinese best players not taking part in World Championship in Astana

Russia's Nadezhda Kosintseva and Tatiana Kosintseva are not playing for the Russian team because of a conflict with their senior coach Sergey Rublevsky.

Chess: Russian and Chinese best players not taking part in World Championship in Astana
Darmen Sadvakassov, Kazakhstan Chess Federation's vice-president. Personal stock photo
Chess: Best female chess-players to come to Astana

Kazakhstan was chosen to host the Women's World Team Championship 2013 in September 2012 at the World Chess Federation (FIDE) General Assembly.

Chess: Best female chess-players to come to Astana
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Chess: Abdumalik is looking forwards confirmation of International Grandmaster title

It is expected that Zhansaya Abdumalik would become the youngest international grandmaster of Kazakhstan in the beginning of 2013.

Chess: Abdumalik is looking forwards confirmation of International Grandmaster title
Dinara Saduakassova. Personal stock photo
Chess: Dinara Saduakassova became the youngest international Grandmaster in Kazakhstan

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) officially awarded Dinara Saduakassova with a title of the International Woman Grandmaster on December 4.

Chess: Dinara Saduakassova became the youngest international Grandmaster in Kazakhstan
Zhansaya Abdumalik. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Chess: Kazakhstan's Zhansaya Abdumalik won silver at World Championship

Kazakhstan chess player Zhansaya Abdumalik gained 8.5 points and became second at the World Chess Championship.

Chess: Kazakhstan's Zhansaya Abdumalik won silver at World Championship
Kazakhstan chess player Zhansaya Abdumalik. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Chess: Kazakhstan's Abdumalik among World Championship leaders

Kazakhstan's Zhansaya Abdumalik won over China’s Chu Zhou Tong in the seventh round and scored 6.5 points.

Chess: Kazakhstan's Abdumalik among World Championship leaders
Dinara Saduakassova. Personal archive photo
Chess: 15-y.o. Dinara Saduakassova became International Grand Master

Kazakhstan’s Dinara Saduakassova was awarded the International Grand Master title after she won 7 points out of 9 in Istanbul Chess Olympiad.

Chess: 15-y.o. Dinara Saduakassova became International Grand Master
Photo by Tengrinews.kz
Pavlodar citizens competed in intellectual games on City Day

Over 100 citizens participated in the chess tournament.

Pavlodar citizens competed in intellectual games on City Day
Carved chess. ©RIA Novosti
Chess became part of school curriculum in Karaganda schools

Karaganda city authorities decided to introduce chess into the school curriculum after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's (FIDE President) visit.

Chess became part of school curriculum in Karaganda schools
Zhansaya Abdumalik. ©Vladimir Dmitriyev
Chess might become part of school curriculum

Kazakhstan chess champion Zhansya Abdumalik approached Nursultan Nazarbayev with the idea to introduce chess into the school curriculum.

Chess might become part of school curriculum
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FIDE wants to build Chess Academy in Astana

FIDE (World Chess Federation) will open a chess academy in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.

FIDE wants to build Chess Academy in Astana
Zhansaya Abdumalik. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Youngest grandmaster of the world from Kazakhstan aims for Top-100 global rating

The world's youngest grandmaster, 12-y.o. Zhansaya Abdumalik, intends to get into the Top-100 world's best chess-players by the end of the year.

Youngest grandmaster of the world from Kazakhstan aims for Top-100 global rating
Zhansaya Abdumalik. ©Tengrinews
11-y.o. Kazakhstan chess-player became world's youngest grandmaster

Zhansaya Abdumalik fulfilled the requirements of the international grandmaster and improved her rating in two tournaments by 102 points.

11-y.o. Kazakhstan chess-player became world's youngest grandmaster
World Chess Championship among Schoolchildren took place in Romania. Photo courtesy of the official website of the tournament
Chess: Young Kazakhstan chess players created a furor in World Championship

Kazakhstan chess players won three gold and two silver medals in the World School Chess Championship in Romania.

Chess: Young Kazakhstan chess players created a furor in World Championship
Former Garry Kasparov's coach is training Kazakhstan chess-players
Former Garry Kasparov's coach is training Kazakhstan chess-players

Former Garry Kasparov's coach is training young Kazakhstan chess-players.

Former Garry Kasparov's coach is training Kazakhstan chess-players