“Tatarstan is among the top 3 regions for youth chess development” — RealnoeVremya.com

A chess club named after the legendary grandmaster has opened at Kazan Federal University

The chess club named after the Soviet and Russian chess player, international grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, was opened at Kazan Federal University. The twelfth world chess champion attended the ceremony and expressed his best wishes to the students of Kazan. The project is not just a chess club, but a full-fledged educational and scientific game center. University students and staff will have the opportunity to study different types of chess and other intellectual games. Based on the club, an online operating platform was created, for which the KFU-CHESS software platform was specially developed.

Chess training center

Chess club named after Anatoly Karpov opened at Kazan Federal University. The legendary chess player, international grandmaster was present at the ceremony and left his autograph on one of the stands. The project is not just a chess club, but a full-fledged educational and scientific game center, intended primarily for students and university staff.

On the basis of the center, interuniversity and other competitions of various levels will be held, including with the use of computer technologies. The KFU-CHESS software platform was developed for the permanent online platform. Students will learn a variety of chess types, as well as checkers, go, abalon, renju, and others. Club members will have the opportunity to attend specialized theoretical disciplines in the field of combinatorial analysis, game theory, decision theory, planning and forecasting, AI algorithms specialized. It is planned to open a whole network of such clubs in other cities of the republic.

Interuniversity and other competitions of different levels will be held, including with the use of computer technologies on the basis of the center

The chess team also operated at KFU before. But only those with at least the first adult category could be included. Now, with the opening of the new club, students hope that chess will be accessible to everyone from KFU upwards, and there are many of them.

The club awaits university students

For example, Alexander, a 3rd year student of the Institute of Fundamental Computing and Information Technology, was interested in chess from childhood. His grandfather instilled in him an interest in them. Alexander loves chess, constantly plays, studies specialized literature. But he has never competed yet. But he has already played several times for the student football team. Nevertheless, if there is an opportunity, Alexander is happy to train at the chess club.

Anton Pripolzin, a 4th-year student at the KFU Institute of Computational Mathematics and Information Technology, is already professionally engaged in chess. He was interested in it from childhood thanks to his grandfather as well. At the age of 8, Anton had already become the Russian chess champion. KFU chess team lessons are held regularly, at least twice a week, the youngster said.

Ilgiz Gilazov said that his subordinates also showed great interest in chess, competitions were regularly held in court

According to Karpov, Tatarstan is among the top three regions for the development of youth chess. Karpov was most remembered by Zelenodolsk chess players, who won one of the All-Russian competitions twice in a row.

“Chess will accelerate the learning of other disciplines”

President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Tatarstan Ilgiz Gilazov, who was present at the ceremony as a guest, said that his subordinates also show great interest in chess, as competitions are regularly held in the court. In 2019, the All-Russian Chess Tournament was held.

“It may seem strange to you: courtship and chess. But these are very similar forms of activity,” Gilazov is convinced. “The activity of the subject itself in many respects requires logic, tactics, strategy, the ability to lead the process, to bring it to its logical end, to make a certain decision. In this connection, our judges play chess very actively.

“The skills of intellectual activity that characterize the game of chess can become the most popular when solving many problems,” Ilshat Gafurov believes.

“Of course, there are different chess clubs in many universities in Russia and Tatarstan, but not all of them are associated with the name Karpov,” said KFU rector Ilshat Gafurov. “Chess has a positive impact on human development: it forms logical and critical thinking, increases a person’s level of conscious independence, develops determination, sports character, communication skills improve. Skills of intellectual activity that characterize the game of chess can become the most popular when solving many problems.

The time spent teaching a child chess will certainly pay off in full, Karpov believes.

“I usually tell parents who bring young children that failures, of course, will take time. But they will teach children to concentrate better and accelerate the learning of other disciplines. Chess becomes part of the educational process, because it is much easier to give logical process skills through them, to develop strategic thinking. They improve memory,” the chess player pointed out.

Maria Korotkova. Photo: Ksenia Bogdanova/kpfu. ru

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