MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Chairman of the International Chess Federation and the Unitary Chess Club “World Chess-Transit” Sergei Fomintsev conducted a simultaneous game on seven boards with convicts from correctional colony No. 7.
Seven convicts – chess lovers, challenged the invited master. Chess boards were placed on the stage of the cultural and leisure center of the institution and the match was broadcast live via cable TV.
Before the meeting, Sergei Fomintsev spoke about the activities of the chess federation he headed and shared plans for large-scale tournaments organized in cooperation with the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, including at the interregional level via the Internet.
As a warm-up, Sergei Anatolyevich suggested that the opponents play blitz tournaments against time using a chess clock. Moreover, by mutual agreement, the convicts were given five minutes to play, and the invited guest only two.
Soon the most spectacular part began – the simultaneous game session. The convicts who played against Sergei Fomintsev are familiar with chess battles firsthand. Many of them have repeatedly defended the honor of the institution’s chess crown at local and inter-regional tournaments, which affected the overall result of the game. The convicts managed to win two matches out of seven, and bring one game to a draw. The final score of the tournament was 2.5: 4.5 points in favor of the guest of the tournament.
Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Omsk Region
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