Russian President Vladimir Putin met with members of Russian national chess teams who are currently training in Sochi ahead of the Chess Olympiad.
The President wished the players success at the upcoming 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi. They also had a short conversation about promoting chess in Russia and training a new generation of chess players, including at the Sirius centre, where this activity is led by Vladimir Kramnik.
Taking part in the meeting were members of the men’s team Vladimir Kramnik, Sergei Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Jakovenko and Nikita Vityugov; while Alexandra Kosteniuk, Alexandra Goryachkina, Natalia Pogonina, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya represented the women’s team. President of the Russian Chess Federation Andrei Filatov also attended the meeting.