July 17, 2011
The game of chess has been known by the Kazakhs since ancient times. Archaeological excavations have shown the existence of chess in the Kazakh territory since the 11th-13th centuries. The first national championship was held in 1934, Nikolai Lopatnikov was the winner.
The Chess Federation of the Republic of Kazakhstan joined FIDE in 1992 and since then has participated in ten Olympiads and collected two individual medals. Their best achievement was finishing 19th in 1998.
Since Vladislav Tkachiev left the country to immigrate to France, Darmen Sadvakasov is the best local player. In 2011, Kazakhstan had 15 GMs, 27 IMs and 109 titled players.
The known players are: Anatoly Ufimtsev, Nukhim Rashkovsky, Evgeny Vladimorov, Darmen Sadvakasov, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Pavel Kotsur, Murtas Kazhgaleyev and Bolat Assanov.
The last champions were: 2002 Pavel Kotsur; 2003 Darmen Sadvakasov; 2004 Darmen Sadvakasov; 2005 O. Omarov; 2006 Darmen Sadvakasov; 2007 Darmen Sadvakasov; 2008 Anuar Ismagambetov; 2009 Evgeniy Pak; 2010 Kuderinov Kirill; 2011 Pavel Kotsur.