On 18 June, Astana hosted the KPMG Fourth Chess Championship, which brought to a close the KPMG 2016 chess season in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. "At the request of the tournament participants, certain changes have been made this year to the rules of the game: participants in the Premier League Championship are amateur chess players with assigned categories and without categories, while the individual Top League Championship is for professional players. Thus, all participants have an equal chance to win the championship", commented Karlygash Kaltayeva, Head of Marketing, KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
This year the Premier League Championship included 13 teams competing for First Prize. The championship was conducted according to the Swiss system with participants playing for 7 rounds, each having 15 minutes to complete a round. There were 5 participants in the Top League Championship – international masters of sport and candidate masters of sport who competed in a round robin in accordance according to FIDE rules with a 15 minute time control. A team of arbiters headed by Nurlan Ibrayev, Chief Referee, the FIDE Arbiter and International Master, monitored the participants as they played against time.
Following the Premier League Championship results, prizes were awarded in both the team and individual categories. The winning team was Kazakhmys, with the Silver Medal going to KazMunaiGas-Refining and Marketing and the Bronze Medal awarded to Samruk-Kazyna. In the individual classification, Adlet Adilbekov from KazMunaiGas-Refining and Marketing was the winner on the first chessboard; the winner on the second board was Zhandilda Abitov from Kazakhmys; while Rollan Kanafin from Kazakhmys won the third chessboard.
In the Top League, the champion was Maxat Alaguzov from Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. Arman Kashkinbekov from the Kazakhstan Renewable Energy Association came second, and third place went to Zhandos Medeuov from Samruk-Energy.
Gifts were given to all tournament participants, and the winners in the Premier and Top Leagues received diplomas and prizes.
The IV KPMG Chess Championship in Astana was the final stage in the 2016 KPMG chess season in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, which began with the II KPMG Chess Championship in Bishkek in February 2016 and was followed by the XIII KPMG Chess Championship in Almaty on 4 June.
About KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services, operating in 155 countries with more than 174,000 people working in member firms around the world.
KPMG has been working in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for twenty years, and was rated as one of the leading audit and advisory firms in 2010-2015 by Expert Kazakhstan RA. Our essential principle has always been to use the firm’s global intellectual capital, combined with the practical experience of our local professionals. KPMG provides audit services as well as a wide range of advisory services covering tax and legal matters, performance improvement, risk management, transaction support, financing, and restructuring.
In Kazakhstan and Central Asia, KPMG now has offices in Almaty, Astana,
Atyrau, and Bishkek with more than 400 active staff members.
For more information please contact:
Karlygash Kaltayeva, Head of Marketing, KPMG Kazakhstan and Central Asia
Tel.: +7 (727) 298 08 98 (ext 61136)