July 9, after the landmark match of two grandmasters Anatoly Karpov and Evgeny Sveshnikov, a grand opening of the TAL RESIDENCE Centre dedicated to the great Latvian chess player Mikhail Tal took place in Riga.
The match of the twelfth World Champion Anatoly Karpov (Russia) and Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov (Latvia) lasted three days in Riga in TAL RESIDENCE built in honour of Mikhail Tal, the great chess players from Latvia. The match was commented by another renowned Grandmaster Alexei Shirov from Latvia, who now represents Spain at the world chess championships. A total of 6 parties were played in three days and the match ended July 9.
A press conference was held after the contest, attended by Anatoly Karpov, Evgeny Sveshnikov, Peteris Shmidre (President of the Latvian Chess Federation), Jeanna Tal (head of the Charity Foundation named after Mikhail Tal), Ingurd Lazdinsh (architect of the TAL RESIDENCE project), Alexey Zagrebelny (Chairman of the Board of R.EVOLUTION) and Marcis Apsitis (Chairman of the Board of LX Group).
Anatoly Karpov expressed his gratitude to Alexey Zagrebelny, the Head of the R.EVOLUTION Company, for organising the chess tournament, supporting the intellectual sport and young chess players. He also said: "My life was tightly linked with Mikhail Tal. He was in my corner at my first adult tournament. It was nice to see that people preserve memory of the great Grandmaster here in Riga."
Famous Latvian Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov noted in his speech: "Chess schools and teachings in Latvia are in need of renewal and it is good to know that there are people concerned with their fate."
He was backed up by Peteris Shmidre, President of the Latvian Chess Federation, who presented commemorative medals to the participants of the historic tournament. He particularly noted the role of Jeanne Tal, the daughter of the great Grandmaster, in developing children's chess sport.
Ingurd Lazdinsh, the architect of the TAL RESIDENCE project, shared his childhood memories about the legendary name of Mikhail Tal influencing him when he was a child and learned to play chess. Therefore, the dedication of the project he created to Tal became a great honour for the architect. He was seconded by Marcis Apsitis, Chairman of the Board of LX Group construction company.
A nice gift to Anatoly Karpov and Evgeniy Sveshnikov was prepared by the creators of the TAL RESIDENCE project, represented by Alexey Zagrebelny. A limited edition of postage stamps dedicated to the tournament was issued. Both grandmasters are avid collectors, so they were filled with joy, thanking those present for their warm hospitality and excellent organisation of the tournament.
At the end of the meeting, the Head of the R.EVOLUTION Alexey Zagrebelny expressed his hope that intellectual energy shared by great Grandmasters will create a special atmosphere that will reign in TAL RESIDENCE and influence its inhabitants and visitors.
After the conference, special guests and partners of the TAL RESIDENCE project ceremoniously cut the red ribbon and thereby opened the Mikhail Tal Centre.