The Tashir Group of Companies and the Russian Chess Federation announce the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian, which is to take place between November 3 and 11 at Novotel Moscow City. The tournament is held in memory of the 9th World Chess Champion, who would have celebrated his 85 birthday this year. Its participants will include some of the best grandmasters from around the world. The chairman of the tournament organising committee is the President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Serzh Sargsyan.

The competitors in the 21 Category tournament will be: the World Cup holder, three-time Olympic Chess Champion Levon Aronian (Armenian), the ex-world champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), the two-time World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk (Russia), the Vice World Chess Champion Boris Gelfand (Israel), the Vice World Champion Peter Leko (Hungary), the China’s leading grandmaster Ding Liren, the two-time Chess Champion of Russia Alexander Morozevich and the winner of the Russian Championship Higher Leagues Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia). The tournament will be a round-robin. The prize fund of the tournament is 100,000 euro.

Zara Agemyan, aide to the President of the Tashir Group of Companies, Head of Communications and Marketing department, says: “Tashir invariably strives to support the most promising cultural and sports initiatives. We are convinced that a tournament where the world’s most prominent grandmasters compete will become yet another contribution of our Group to the sports and culture development in Russia. An international tournament is not a mere mastery competition between chess players from different countries. It also represents a uniting effort for nations, an additional confirmation that for people who have a passion for something no borders or divisions exist. That’s what the great Tigran Petrosian, whose extraordinary personality we remember here, believed, and we feel certain that this tournament will do justice to the memory of the great Master, becoming a milestone event of the year both for Russia and for the rest of the world. Striving to be the best today to become even better tomorrow is the winners’ motto by which the Tashir’s team also abides.”

The President of the Russian Chess Federation says: “I would like to express my gratitude to the President of Armenia who agreed to lead the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian organising committee. It is an immense privilege for the Russian Chess Foundation to participate in holding this tournament, which is unarguably one of the most prominent and challenging on the international agenda for 2014. Chess fans from all over the world are promised a plethora of excellent imprssions, the credit for which goes to the tournament sponsors, the Tashir Group of Companies.”

Additional information about the tournament:

Location: Hotel Novotel Moscow City, Presnenskaya naberezhnaya, 2.
Website and live webcast:


The Tashir Group of Companies

Tashir is a multifaceted group of companies, set up in 1999, which includes more than 200 dynamically growing organisations operating in various sectors of the Russian economy, including construction, manufacture, finance, power energy, development, retail and entertainment. The total number of employees is over 45,000 people. Our activities cover 47 cities of Russia and neighboring countries. The founder and president of the company is Samvel Karapetyan, the head office is located in Moscow.

Development and commercial real estate management is the base of the Group’s business, at the same time the priority is commercial real estate. Tashir is the leader of the Russian development market, the creator of modern, high-tech facilities in commercial and residential real estate, with a total area about 5 million sq. m.

The Russian Chess Federation:

The Russian Chess Federation is a non-governmental organisation, which brings together individuals and chess federations from the republics, regions, territories, cities of federal importance, autonomous regions and autonomous areas of the Russian Federation. The activities of the Russian Chess Federation are aimed at promoting and developing chess playing in Russia. Founded on February 15, 1992, the Federation’s has its Congress and its Supervisory Board as its management bodies. The Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation is a collective deliberative-advisory body operating on a pro-bono basis.

The Russian Chess Federation is the organiser of the annual All-Russian “White Castle” Children’s Chess Tournament for students of educational institutions, the Russian Chess Championship and of some other chess tournaments. Starting from 2012 the Chess in Museums programme has been implemented across Russia, initially spearheaded by the Russian Chess Federation.

The Russian Chess Federation develops and implements chess promoting programmes, – this includes chess for kids, – promotes the expansion of a network of chess clubs and classes in various regions of Russia. It organises individual and team competitions in Russia, arranges the participation of Russian chess players in international tournaments, promotes Russian chess players and schools on the international arena, and develops sports connections with national chess federations, national and international organisations, including FIDE.

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