Zagreb Welcomes Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Young Stars: Ukrainian Children in the Spotlight

July 22, 2022, Zagreb, Croatia — The Kasparov Chess Foundation and Kasparov Chess Foundation Adriatic organized a special training session for talented Ukrainian kids in Zagreb, Croatia. A city known for its historic center square, became home to a big stop on the 2022 Grand Chess Tour. Garry Kasparov, Chairman of Kasparov Chess Foundation, was there to highlight talented young players, and to give them a lesson they’re not likely to ever forget.

Ukrainian young talents Ihor Samunenkov, Kyrylo Nezhentsev, and Mariya Manko participated in a training session with the 13th World Champion, Garry Kasparov, and FIDE Senior Trainer, Michael Khodarkovsky. Part of KCF’s Young Stars program, the session took place during the Grand Chess Tour (#grandchesstour) event in Zagreb. The Kasparov Chess Foundation’s “Young Stars” is organized for young talented players from around the world. 

Ukrainian children participated in the session organized by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and they also had a chance to take photos and chat with the legendary player! Garry Kasparov even procclaimed, “I think Ukrainian chess has a great future!” Kasparov has been adamant in his support for Ukraine in their war against Russia.

Ihor Samunenkov is a rising star from #Ukraine. In 2021 he became the national rapid champion and also has a GM norm. He is one of the Young Stars participants in Zagreb. #grandchesstour #chess

Ukrainian rising chess stars recently participated in Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Young Stars program in Zagreb, Croatia. Pictured with the Ukranian students are Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Foundation, and Michael Khodarkovsky, Foundation President.

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