First female Advanced Chess match

3/27/2013 – In Advanced Chess players are allowed to consult a computer during the game, analysing the position and making decisions about their next moves. A match has been organised on April 2nd between reigning women's world champion GM Anna Ushenina and President of the All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation «Chess for Children»WIM Olena Boytsun. Press release.

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The first ever female Advanced Chess match

The first female advanced chess match in the chess history between Ukrainian chess players Anna Ushenina and Olena Boytsun will be held on April 2, 2013 in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the Radisson Blu Hotel (22, Yaroslaviv Val Str.).

GM Anna Ushenina – FIDE Women's
World Chess Champion

WIM Olena Boytsun – President of the All-Ukrainian
Charity Foundation «Chess for Children»

Advanced Chess is a fusion of creative chess play and up-to-date computer technologies. The chess players are allowed to consult any computer program to analyse their position and making decisions about their next moves. Thus, the game is blunder-free and the quality of the game is higher, although the chess players are still in full control of their moves.

The following honourable guests plan to attend:

  • FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
  • Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Ravil Safiullin
  • President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Victor Kapustin

The event is organized by the Ukrainian Charity Foundation «Chess for Children» in order to popularize the game of chess and to establish an award named after Evgeniy Sozonov for talented children within the charity programme of the UCF «Chess for Children». The major tasks of the programme are the development of the sport of chess, the popularization of a healthy way of living among the young in Ukraine, as well as providing support to talented young chess players. The purpose of the match is to demonstrate for young chess players all the advantages that one can get combining good education with the usage of the computer technologies to fulfil their dreams.

The time control of the game will be 30 minutes + 5 seconds. Agenda on April 2nd, 2013:

11.00 – opening ceremony, press conference
11.30 – 12.30 – chess match
12.30 – closing ceremony

There will be a coffee break during the event. A tablet computer with a pre-installed chess program will be raffled amongst the guests of the event. Admission is free.

The Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children” was founded in November 2012 by WIM Olena Boytsun. The primary purpose of the Fund activity is to discover the potential of every child by engaging children into playing chess and by promoting chess in society.

The players

GM Anna Ushenina – professional chess player, member of the Ukrainian Women's National Team. Current rating 2477. Born and lives in Kharkiv. Main professional achievements:

  • March 2013 – world champion as a member of the Ukrainian women national chess team (Astana, Kazakhstan);
  • 2012 – FIDE world champion (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation); bronze winner of the World Women’s Chess Olympiad (Istanbul, Turkey);
  • 2008 – silver winner of the World Women’s Chess Olympiad as a member of the Ukrainian national chess team (Dresden, Germany);
  • 2008 - bronze winner of the European Women’s Chess Championship;
  • 2007 – bronze winner as a member of the Ukrainian women national chess team, first prize on the 3rd board of the European Women’s Chess Team Championship;
  • 2006 – Olympic Champion as a member of the Ukrainian women chess team at the Chess Olympiad (Turin, Italy).

Anna Ushenina was awarded the Princess Olga State Order of III and II merits for her professional achievements by the Ukrainian President.

WIM Olena Boytsun – International economist, Researcher at the World Economy and International Relations Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Current rating 2264. Born in Dnipropetrovsk, lives in Kyiv. Main professional achievements:

  • 2012 – Founder of the UCF «Chess for Children». The major mission of the Foundation’s activity is to discover the potential of every child through engaging children into a game of chess and to promote chess in society;
  • Since 2010 – representative of Ukraine to the European Chess Union and FIDE; Head of the International Cooperation Commission of the Ukrainian Chess Federation;
  • 2011 – gets a title of FIDE International Organizer;
  • 2010 – Research Scholar by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of China (Beijing, China);
  • 2009 – author of the fiction book «In Oxford»;
  • Since 2008 – Member of the Board of the Association of Chess Professionals, Councillor of the FIDE Events Commission;
  • 2006 – Chevening Research Scholar at the Oxford University (Oxford, UK);
  • 1994-1998 - Winner and prize-holder at youth chess competitions in Ukraine.

Olena Boytsun was awarded with the Princess Olga State Order of III merit for her professional achievements by the President of Ukraine.


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