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Andrei Filatov: “Russia is capable of holding top events”

Andrei Filatov“The World Chess Championship Match Carlsen-Anand that was held in Sochi should dispel any doubts that Russia is capable of hosting major international sport events” – President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Filatov said in an interview with ITAR-TASS correspondent Andrei Kartashov.

The World Chess Championship Match ended on Sunday with Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeating the challenger Viswanathan Anand from India with a final score of 6,5-4,5.

“I am very pleased that this chess event has shown the world how Russia can hold large sporting events” – Filatov said. – “Already after the Winter Olympics in Sochi the whole world was convinced that level of competition in our country is exceeding global organizational standards.”

“I am very grateful to Carlsen and Anand who said many kind words about Russia and Sochi. Thanks to the players who have chosen sport and Russia above the political motives. Even the weather was great, this November feels like summer. The sea, the sun and excellent conditions allowed for wonderful chess holiday.”

According to Filatov, the successful organization of the chess match is very significant for the future events. “On the eve of the FIFA World Cup in 2018, and all the chatter that is questioning if the Cup should be held in Russia, the FIDE World Chess Championship has clearly shown that our country is not only offering warm welcome, but can also carry out any competition at the highest level.” – added the President of the RCF.

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