KPMG in Kazakhstan held Annual Chess Tournaments in Astana and Almaty

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Friday, 26 June 2015 15:50

Continuing its annual tradition to hold chess tournaments for the representatives of business communities of Astana, Almaty and Bishkek, KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia held two tournaments this June: the third chess tournament was held in Astana on 6 June and KPMG twelfth chess tournament for bank and financial institutions was held on 13 June in Almaty. 

13 teams in Astana and 15 teams in Almaty competed for first prize. The tournaments were held according to the Swiss system with the players playing for 7 rounds, each having 15 minutes to complete a round. Nurlan Ibrayev, FIDE arbiter, in Astana and Oleg Dzyuban, International Grand Master, in Almaty monitored the participants to play against time.

Following the tournament results, the winners were determined in the team and individual classifications.  The team of Baiterek Group of Companies made a successful debut at the tournament in Astana; it became the first and won the cup; chess players from Kazakhmys Corporation team were the second and Tsesna Corporation team was the third among the best teams. In the individual classification Tanat Dyissentegi (Kazakhmys Corporation LLC) became the winner playing on the first chessboard; Kuat Shomanov and Adil Ismagambetov, candidate masters (Baiterek Group of Companies) were the winners on the second and the third boards, respectively.

In Almaty the tournament ended with the following results: Air Astana JSC team became the winner in the team competition for the second straight year; the team of Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan JSC won the silver medals, and Bank CenterCredit JSC team won the bronze medals. In the individual classification Mukhtar Kaken, a candidate master from Air Astana JSC, became the winner playing on the first chessboard; Timur Sartayev (Air Astana JSC) had a confident win on the second board, while Kurvan Muminov (Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan JSC) came the third.

All participants of the tournaments were presented with souvenirs, while the winning teams and players were awarded diplomas and prizes.

“On behalf of our team we would like to thank the tournament organiser – KPMG - for the excellent organization of the event. Every year the tournament assembles the true chess lovers among the banking institutions, and it should be recognized that the competition and professional level of the players is increasing from year to year, which means that the win gains even more value. We wish that in future KPMG would remain committed to its tradition to hold an annual chess tournament, which helps finding new friends and opens chess talent of the employees”, commented the representative from Air Astana JSC team.

During 12 years KPMG has been organizing the traditional chess tournaments in Kazakhstan, which annually assembles the lovers of this ancient and wise game. This year the geography of the tournament has expanded: in February, 2015 the First KPMG Chess Premier League Championship was held in Bishkek supported by the Chess Federation of Kyrgyz Republic.

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 162,000 people working in member firms around the world.

KPMG has been working in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for more than seventeen years, and was rated as one of the leading audit and advisory firms in 2010-2013 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 Markets, KPMG in Kazakhstan and Central Asia

Tel.: +7 (727) 298 08 98 (ext 61136)

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