MINSK, 16 January (BelTA) - The 18th edition of the International Chess Tournament Orsha 2020 will be held in the town on 17-24 January, BelTA learned from the director of the tournament Nikolai Zhukov.
The tournament will draw more than 270 participants from at least nine countries: Belarus, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China and Estonia. The organizers are waiting confirmation from Latvia. The age of chess players will be from 6 to 80 years old. “They will play nine games in seven days. The rapid chess tournament will be held on the first day, and we will organize a blitz tournament on the second day,” Nikolai Zhukov said.
The program of the event will feature master classes, a national seminar of judges of the Belarusian Chess Federation and simultaneous chess sessions the with international grandmasters Igor Shvyrev (Estonia) and Rakhil Eidelson (Belarus). Everybody is welcome to try their hand at checkers. The organizers have also prepared a cultural program for the participants of the tournament.
Organizers of the international competition are the Orsha District Executive Committee, the Belarusian Chess Federation and the National Chess and Checkers Olympic Training Center.