SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Armenia may be a small country (slightly over 3 million inhabitants) but what it lacks in size it more than makes up with enthusiasm, culture and intelligence. Besides being the Olympic champions in chess, Armenia boasts 29 grandmasters and 20 IMs, and is ranked as the 8th strongest chess country by FIDE.
In the World Cup currently being held in Siberia, the Armenian participants have been eliminated before the 3rd round. Which I suppose is something of a surprise. I am not sure if this is reason for alarm in Armenia, but this week a meeting was held between the Vice President of the Armenian Chess Federation (Smbat Lputian) and the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs to discuss the current state of Armenian chess!
One of the political decisions coming out of this meeting was the intention to increase the number of chess coaches. This despite the fact that Armenia already has some of the very best coaches in the world! But this shows just how serious the Armenian government takes its chess!
I give the short news item that appeared in most Armenian newspapers:
Armenian chess needs coaches and referees
The Armenian Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs held discussions over the latest Armenian chess developments and achievements. The Vice President of Armenian Chess Federation, world Olympic Champion Smbat Lputyan talked about separate teams and grand masters presenting Armenia in various competitions and tournaments. He said that Armenian chess has recorded visible successes. It’s been also stated that Armenian chess needs well experienced and qualified coaches and referees. Hence, Armenian Chess is determined to fill that gap organizing seminars and trainings.Now if only something similar were to happen in Canada!