The Astana International Financial Centre opens its doors to a whole program of side events. The aim of this initiative by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and FIDE is to make a real chess festival out of the World Team Championships. And it works!
A blitz tournament took place on Saturday afternoon for the employees of the AIFC, which is the venue of the World Team Chess Championships 2019. The event was won by Almat Kesikbayev with 6 points out 7.
The Rapid Championship for Astana chess clubs and organizations ran over two days. Twenty-three teams took part in this tournament which was won by the “Darmen Sadvakasov Academy” by a small margin ahead of the “Central Chess Club 1”.