Kaspersky Lab invites chess lovers to enjoy the action at the FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships in Doha, Qatar, on 25-31 December 2016. Kaspersky Lab recently announced its sponsorship of Russian chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin, who is ready to take on the world’s top players in the Rapid chess event.
The World Chess Championships organized by FIDE, the Qatar Olympic Committee and Qatar Chess Association in Doha will host more than 400 players from 75 countries and will involve more than 5700 participants from national federations, delegations, technicians and journalists, in addition to the estimated 30,000 spectators expected from all over the world. The tournament is in line with the Qatar National Vision, promoting a sporting lifestyle throughout the world and strengthening ties between different peoples by hosting regional and international sporting events.
“I am excited about meeting some of the greatest world players at the FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championship in Doha. I hope that chess lovers, including those from my new sponsor Kaspersky Lab, will enjoy the games as well,” said Sergey Karjakin.
Commenting on the sponsorship agreement, Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “Chess and cybersecurity have a lot in common: both are areas in which the symbiosis of human and artificial intelligence plays a crucial role. It is a great honor for us to support Sergey, who is a prodigious chess player – one of the best on the planet. He has already earned a place for himself in the history of chess by becoming the youngest grandmaster ever, and I’m sure he’ll reach further, dizzying heights in the future. We wish Sergey all the best for the FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championship.”
At the age of 12, Sergey Karjakin became the youngest grandmaster in the history of chess. He was the first Russian representative in eight years to contest the title of World Chess Champion. The Russian grandmaster proved to be a gritty opponent at the recent World Chess Championship 2016, challenging the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
Kaspersky Lab sponsors two other Russian chess players: 11-year-old Andrey Tsvetkov, a candidate master who has already won international chess tournaments, and 19-year-old Mikhail Antipov, a grandmaster and the world junior chess champion. Kaspersky Lab has cooperated with both sportsmen since 2012, and is their exclusive sponsor. By supporting young chess players, Kaspersky Lab provides them with the opportunity to participate in international tournaments and receive training at prestigious chess schools.
Kaspersky Lab is a dedicated supporter of talented sports stars in world-class events such as motor sports, cricket, snooker and chess. It aims to provide a platform for them to succeed and excel as sport has always been a force that unites people, and helps them to develop their talents – both physical and intellectual. The support of young sports stars is part of Kaspersky Lab’s corporate social responsibility initiatives to make the world a better place. This leads to great results and partnerships. For example, Kaspersky Lab has recently extended its support to the Daman Speed Academy, a partnership aimed at raising awareness of motorsport and cybersecurity in the UAE.