Friday, November 06, 2009

Azerbaijan Takes Gold in European Team Chess Championship...

For any country and especially the one which is newly independent, relatively small and is in war/ceasefire situation more like a beaten party any victory means a lot. This is extra reason for recognition, another achievement, inspiration and motivation that is very necessary…

One of these victories for Azerbaijan is taking gold in European Team Chess Championship this Monday, November 2, 2009. The tournament attracted 38 Open and 28 Women’s teams from across Europe. I am citing the website http://chess.about.com/ which says that above mentioned tournament “much like the European Championships in football which are second only to the World Cup in international competition, is likely the second biggest team competition on the chess schedule after the Olympiad.”

I am happy to see that strong culture of chess playing in Azerbaijan survived hard 90s and is up again nowadays and that young people are motivated to play this serious game and represent their country. Well done and we hope for more victories :)
P.S. My short post about Sheki children chess school here that I wrote back in 2007.
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4 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

I guess those chess boys are quite smart and patient!

Welcome back - glad to see your posts - hope to see daily photos again! Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo in Minnesota, USA

Ayten Qiyas-Rustamova said...

Thank you very much, Leif! Will do my best!! :)

Glennis said...

Congratulations to the boys Chess team on their win.

Marco said...

Congratulations to the team. As you say it's always good for nations to have something to be proud about especially given the current situation there. I enjoy reading your posts and have linked to your blog from our Azerbaijan page.