Georgia country of rich traditions. Also the Georgian chess is famous for brilliant achievements. During quarter of the century the top of a chess Olympus was occupied adequately by the international grand masters Nona Gaprindashvili and Maya Chiburdanidze. It is possible to call Adzharian chess school a pearl in a necklace of the Georgian chess.
In Batumi on chess always paid special attention and considered priority sport.
At different times in progress of the Batumi chess players the big share belonged to chess school which changed many different addresses. In 60-70 years it settled down on Kutaisskaya St. No. 5. Here also the championships of Adjara were held. After that in Park of youth the picturesque building in which the chess school "Tsitsinatela" and more than 30 years settled down, under the leadership of the trainer Guram Chanturia was built, served business of education of young chess players. On the basis of chess school the club which in honor of our eminent compatriot, a five-time world champion Nona Gaprindashvili was called "Nona", settled down seaside park in small two rooms was created. Here every summer the international festivals were held, and children seized chess wisdom.
Now the club “Nona” continues a work on the basis of the Batumi complex sports school (Pirosmani St., No. 14).
Since May, 2013 the chess club "Nona" was transformed to chess club "Nona" at a city administration of Batumi. Soon also creation of children's club is planned. Now the club has the budget and it had an opportunity to equip the room intended for work to acquire chess stock, to create to clubmen all conditions for occupations, to appoint to grand masters and the successful, promising little chess players, a grant, an award, to carry out master-class, lectures, sessions of simultaneous game, friendly matches, to carry out collecting, to invite the grand masters recognized in the world, professional coaches, to provide participation of a national team of Nona club in the club championships on behalf of Adjara that for a long time it wasn't represented possible because of financial difficulties.
Batumi in comparison with other cities – the city with convenient geography, is the seaside resort. With the corresponding material support has huge prospect of development and blossoming. In the near future holding the international tournaments of high level is planned that in return will enrich and diversifies tourist infrastructure and will change Batumi in one centers of the elite chess world.
We are pleased by that fact that Board of the city together with the city hall help with overcoming of the existing problems, for what the Batumi chess players and fans of chess express the gratitude.
We are proud of that members of chess club are: The international Grand masters Salome Melija (the repeated champion and the prize-winner in age tournaments of Georgia, Europe and the world, the winner and the prize-winner of competitions of high level), Nino Batsiashvili (the repeated prize-winner of the age championships of Georgia, the winner and the prize-winner of prestigious international competitions), Gayoz Nigalidze (the repeated winner of the age championships of Georgia, the winner and the prize-winner of different republican and international tournaments), and also the International Master Miranda Mikadze (the repeated champion of the age championships of Georgia, the repeated prize-winner of the age World Cups and Europe).
The care of the management of the city already yielded results, the club already has first great success: Salome Melija in Belgrade in the 14th European championship among women became vice-champion, Gayoz Nigalidze won the highest league of Georgia and became the champion of Georgia, and at the international tournament which ended in the Greek city of Kavalla with success made a speech as Nino Batsiashvili, won first place among women and the general sixth place.
Undoubtedly future champions also grow in club “Nona”...
Author: Marika Japaridze