The best young players of the world have arrived to Khanty-Mansiysk
Today, on September’20, the biggest number of the participants of the FIDE World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships has arrived to the capital of Ugra. The players and their accompanying persons were greeted in the airport in a traditional Russian way – with songs, accordion playing and local Siberian treats – nuts and cranberries.
The official press-center of the tournament has managed to talk to the young representatives of international chess community.
“This is my first visit to Khanty-Mansiysk and I don’t know much about it. I know that your city is very beautiful and doesn’t look like China – said the Chinese chess player Yao Lan. – I prepared well for this tournament but still I feel very nervous. I was participating in 2 world championships before and both times I was 7th. Now I will try my best to show better result”.
Luan Roos from South Africa has confessed that his knowledge about Khanty-Mansiysk is not big. “I know that this is Siberia, that it is very cold here and that the city is very small. I hope to learn more about Khanty-Mansiysk in the coming days. I liked the view from the plane. Green and golden trees looked very spectacular. The landscape was great, – said the chess player from South Africa. – As for the tournament, it would be very difficult to compete with the top people, but still I will try to play my best games and then we’ll see!”
Jamie Kenmure from Australia has arrived to Khanty-Mansiysk to work as an arbiter on the coming World Youth Championships. “This is my third visit to your city. I came here for the first time in 2010 for World Chess Olympiad. Khanty-Mansiysk was the first foreign city I’ve ever travelled to in my life. So now it has a special place in my heart, – said the guest from Australia, – I was really surprised that the weather is so warm and sunny here and, of course, I am looking forward to meeting my friends that are living here”.
It is to be reminded that the official opening ceremony of the Championships will take place tomorrow, on September’21, in the concert and theater center “Ugra-Classic”. And the day after tomorrow the first round of the tournament will be played. 412 players from 61 countries have arrived to Khanty-Mansiysk to participate in the FIDE World Youth U14, U16, U18 Championships.