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Vilnius blitz tournament

There is a traditional chess day in Lithuanian Seimas (Parliament). This year it was on March 9 which has some historical significance for Lithuania as the first written mention of Lithuania is found in a medieval German manuscript, the Annals of Quedlinburg, in an entry dated 9 March 1009. The chess day involved blitz tournaments and simul for children. Many prominent political figures were present among them FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, speaker of the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic Dr. Vydas Gedvilas. Also present were Mr. Jonas Milerius, Chancellor of the Seimas, and Mr. Alexandr Cernov, President of the Lithuanian Chess Federation. President Ilyumzhinov awarded Honorable certificates of Recognition for outstanding efforts in chess propagation and development to ex-Speakers of the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic Mr. Cheslovas Jurshenas and Mr. Vitautas Landsbergis. Mr. Jurshenas is not only a chess amateur, but also he is an organizer of the Seimas Cup 2013. The first tournament hosted only several players, nowadays more than 300 players of different ages participate in this tournament. Mr. Vitautas Landsbergis was the first head of state of Lithuania after its independence declaration from the Soviet Union, and served as the Head of the Lithuanian Parliament Seimas.  In 1952 he placed third in the Lithuanian chess championship, after Ratmir Kholmov and Vladas Mikėnas.

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The official presentation of the book “Chess Gymnasium”

The official presentation of the book “Chess Gymnasium” took place this Wednesday on Solaris center at Apollo bookstore.
Mr. Andres Adamson from Argo Publishing made the introduction and then the author explained in more detail how the idea of the book was born and how long it took from idea to publishing.

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Meeting with HE Kirsan ILYUMZHINOV

FIDE president found a moment to visit Tallinn the capital of Estonia last week.

It was followed after his visit to Lithuania and Latvia. More about these meetings you may found on the official FIDE website.
About his visit to Estonia one could read the following on

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Simul in Narva

There was a big chess festival the stars of Baltic Sea in Narva third largest city in Estonia.

It is located at the eastern extreme point of Estonia, by the Russian border, on the Narva River which drains Lake Peipus. Jaan Ehlvest was a quest of honor and gave a simultaneous display for young participants of the festival. Local chessclub Maletäht was the organizer of the event and it was sponsored by the city of Narva. In this historical city Paul Keres was born on January 7 1916. Later he lived in Pärnu, Tartu and Tallinn. The simul against young talented participants of the festival was not easy task for the Grandmaster. Final result was two losses, seven draws and 16 wins for the GM. This festival is nice tradition and next one is in 2013.

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