The beginning of the 4th round of the World Team Championships was attended by representatives of the US embassy in Astana.
The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Theodore Lyng, the Counselor for Public Affairs Mr. Christian Wright and the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer Mr. Lance Erickson greeted the entire US chess delegation before the start of the round and handed all its members some presents which symbolize the friendship between the United States of America and Kazakhstan. As fate wants it, the US team faces Kazakhstan in both sections today. Mr. Wright made the symbolic first move on the board of Darius Swiercz and Rinat Jumabayev, while Mr. Lyng did the same on the first women’s board between Zhansaya Abdumalik and Tatev Abrahamyan.
A keen chess player in his youth himself, Mr. Lyng admitted he had been following the championship very closely from the start, and felt especially proud when his countrymen defeated China on the second day.
The whole visit proceeded in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The representatives of the US embassy were very approachable and available for the media. A short interview with the Deputy Chief of Mission can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw5LN6tIDjA . Before his departure, Mr. Lyng announced his willingness to take part in the closing ceremony on March 14th.