Following the opening of the fourth leg of the FIDE
Women’s Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,
visited the Chess Academy of Armenia in Yerevan.
Founded in 2002 through the initiative of GM Smbat
Lputian, under the auspices of the Armenian Chess Federation, and supported by
the Armenian Government, the Chess Academy of Armenia is the leading center of
chess training and organization in Armenia today.
The Academy’s mission is multi-faceted: preparing
tomorrow’s elite players and trainers to maintain Armenia ’s position as an
epicenter in the chess world, organizing top-class chess tournaments attracting
top chess players worldwide, and popularizing chess throughout the nation,
primarily through its ever-growing network of affiliated chapters.
Under the patronage of the Armenian Federation President,
the Hon. Serge Sargissian, the Academy with over 2,500 square metres of floor
space, is the largest in the world, and contains a playing hall for over 360
players, several classrooms, seminar and conference rooms as well as
accommodation for around 30-40 people.
FIDE President expressed his confidence in GM Lputian’s
work which apart from the main academy in Yerevan extends to another 43
Academies around Armenia. He also met members of the Chess Academy as well as
several children and parents.