By Zokir Istamkulov
Warm greetings from Uzbekistan, native country of 105th Premier Chess Podcast Guest Timur Garayev!
The great love of the population, especially youth, for chess, and what is most important, without age restrictions contributed to the creation in March 1996 of Uzbekistan Chess Federation, which represents chess players of our country in the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Asian Chess Federation and other international organizations.
Currently, more than 200 thousand people are members of the Uzbekistan Chess Federation.
International Grandmaster Rustam Kasimdjanov became the World Champion according to FIDE in 2004. He is included in the cohort of the world’s strongest chess players.
Today, there are 22 international grandmasters in Uzbekistan, including 18-year-old Nodir Abdusattorov, four Women Grandmasters and 24 FIDE masters.
In accordance with ancient traditions of Uzbek people, the younger generation is increasingly attracted to chess. Its representatives, children of preschool and primary school age are becoming chess champions in their age categories.
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