Chess Grandmaster and Kaspersky Lab beneficiary Sergey Karjakin won the recent World Blitz chess championship in Doha, Qatar, beating World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. After 21 rounds both players were on the same number of points, but first place went to Karjakin following a tie-break.
Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “We congratulate Sergey with this symbolic victory. I’m sure that this young, talented chess player has much success and many championship titles ahead of him. It’s a great pleasure and an honor to be part of these achievements, and we’re proud to be able to support Sergey at all stages of his preparation.”
“After the Classical Chess World Championship match in New York victory in this tournament was especially important for me. This was not an easy championship, there was intense competition, but I had my sights set on victory and managed to take revenge in the end,” commented Sergey Karjakin. “I’m thankful to everyone who supports me, in particular Kaspersky Lab which secures me from cyber threats.”
Kaspersky Lab has been an official sponsor of Sergey Karjakin since November 2016. The company supports his participation in international tournaments and provides his cybersecurity.
Kaspersky Lab also 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, helping them to develop their talents – both physical and intellectual. Sport has always been a force that unites people, and support of young sports stars is part of Kaspersky Lab’s corporate social responsibility initiative to make the world a better place. This leads to great results and partnerships. For example, Kaspersky Lab recently extended its support to the Daman Speed Academy, a partnership aimed at raising awareness of motorsport and cybersecurity in the UAE.