First Indo-Armenian Friendship Chess Tournament
June 1, 2015
First Indo-Armenian Friendship Chess Tournament was organized by Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO on March 29 at Yerevan State Medical University after M.Heratsi, supported by the Embassy of India to Armenia, Medical University and University’s students council between Indian and Armenian students.
As decided by IAF this tournament will become an annual event of IAF Sports Club.
The tournament was attended by H.E Ambassador of India to Armenia Mr Suresh Babu,
the rector of YSMU Mr. Mikayel Narimanyan, Vice-Rector for External Affairs and
International Partnerships Mr. Yervand Sahakyan.
In their speech they they outlined the importance of Chess for the stronger relationship
between India and Armenia, considering that Chess is very popular in these two great
nations. They welcomed the participants and wished them good luck in the tournament
Two teams competed during the tournament playing 4 games (each team consisted of 10 people). And the team which would have more points at the end of tournament had to win. After the 4 games Armenian team was declared the winner. The tournament was judged by the trainee and referee of Chess Academy Mr Roma Akopov.
The inauguration of the students with the silver and gold medals and certificates will be held later at YSMU. It is to be noted that the game of Chess was invented in ancient India and is quite popular in India and Armenia It has become even more popular in the last few decades primarily due to chess Grandmasters of both countries. In Armenia Chess has been introduced as school subject in order to develop the skills and mental strength of the future generation of Armenia considering Chess as “Mind Game” or “Game of Strategy”.
IAF congratulate the winners of the event. This will prove to be a bridge which creates strong Indo-Armenian Friendship.