Georgia is a country of rich traditions. Also 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 Ajarian chess school a pearl in a necklace of the Georgian chess.
In Batumi chess was always paid with 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 Kutaisi 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 (Gorgiladze St. 91).
Since May, 2013 the chess club "Nona" was transformed to chess club "Nona" at city administration of Batumi. Now the club has the budget, rooms for work are equipped, the chess stock is acquired, and all conditions for occupations are created to clubmen. To grand masters and the successful, promising little chess players, grants are appointed. In the club, grand masters recognized in the world, professional coaches who give master classes, thematic lectures are periodically invited. Systematically there take place retraining seminars, simultaneous exhibitions, friendly matches, collecting. According to programs of exchange exit meetings, both in the region and with clubs abroad are arranged. Children take part in the chess programs created by grand masters.
The women's national team, team of club Nona successfully plays in the club championships on behalf of Adjara that was not represented for a long time possible because of financial difficulties.
During the business visits memorandums with foreign chess clubs Juoda Balta" were issued (Lithuania); "AG AT" (Azerbaijan); "Sports school" (Uzbekistan) and "FIDE CHESS SCHOOL in Belarus" (Belarus).
Batumi, in comparison with other cities, is the city with convenient geography, the seaside resort. With the corresponding material support has the huge prospect of development and blossoming. In Batumi the tradition of holding the international festival “Batumi Municipality Cup – 2018” is already put. It is carried out 4 times (in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 from July 1 to July 12). The festival consists of 10 independent tournaments. By results of tournaments the rating of FIDE pays off. In tournament "A" ranks of FIDE and norm are steadily carried out. Every year the number of the countries and participants increases.
In 2018 more than 400 chess players from 23 countries participated in a festival. "A" tournament was completely broadcasted in the LIVE mode from the clubs website. All in all during the tournament in batumi 2018 there were more than one and a half thousand participants . When closing a tournament the first prize to the winner of the "A" tournament was handed by the mayor Lasha Komakhidze.
We are pleased by the fact that Board of the city together with the mayor's office help with overcoming the existing problems for what the Batumi chess players and fans of chess express the gratitude.
We are proud of the fact that members of chess club are the International Grand masters:
Salome Melia (the Master of Sports among men, the female grand master, the repeated champion and the prize-winner in age tournaments of Georgia, Europe and world, the winner and the prize-winner of competitions of high level).
Nino Batsiashvili (international grand master, repeated champion of Georgia, repeated champion of the age championships of Georgia, winner and prize-winner of prestigious international competitions).
Gayoz Nigalidze (repeated winner of the age championships of Georgia, winner and prize-winner of different republican and international tournaments).
International Grand master Miranda Mikadze (repeated champion of the age championships of Georgia, repeated prize-winner of the age World Cups and Europe).
Care of the management of the city already yielded results.
Today the club already has first great success:
Four times champion of Georgia !
26.09 - 03.10.2014 – Ureki;
21 - 28.09.2016 – Lagodekhi;
29.11-05.12.2017 there is Tbilisi;
14.11-22.11.2018 there is Tbilisi.
Triple champion of Europe !
13 - 21.09.2014 there is Bilbao, Spain;
17 - 25.10.2015 there is Skopje, Macedonia;
07 - 15.10.2017 Antalya, Turkey.
Two-time vice-champion of Europe !
05 - 13.11.2016 there is Novi Sad Serbia,
11 - 19.10.2018 – Khalkidhiki, Porto Karas, Greece.
These European club championships are considered as one of the most prestigious tournaments in which the leading clubs and the best chess players systematically participate.
As the Batumi club "Nona" became the triple champion of Europe, on December 12, 2018 in the Batumi mayor's office at an official meeting at the mayor Lasha Komakhidze, the president of the European chess Union Zurab Azmayparashvili and the president of the Georgian Chess Federation Georgy Giorgadze gave this challenge cup to Nona club to constant possession.
October 21-23, 2017, Business Initiative Group (BID) and BID Group One on the convention World Quality Commitment to the chess club "Nona" nominated in gold category awarded "A gold star" for the made contribution to the culture of world quality, the shown professionalism and for a short time the achieved impressive success.
The correct strategy and effective management and also high level of the official site was noted in work of club (www. chessbatumi.ge). Representatives of Nona club took active part in work of the international seminar. The partner of the convention "Imar Pres" within 2 years will place information on Nona club in various magazines. From Paris sent the December magazine of 2017 "BeattON" in which on a cover, the main average turn, and not only, the photo and information on club and an awards ceremony "A gold star" were placed to club.
The decree of the President of Georgia, on August 18 the Head coach of Nona club Guram Chanturia was awarded with the Order of Honour.
On the congress FIDE which is carried out in Antalya, the highest was appropriated to the manager and the coach of club Marika Japaridze judicial "A" category. At present she is the youngest arbiter of "A" categories among women.
The Nona club played a significant role in preparation and holding the 43rd World Chess Olympiad. At the same time the manager of club, and the Deputy Chief Judge, the international Judge "And" categories Marika Japaridze the President of Chess Federation of Georgia and the Chairman of Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games Georgy Giorgadze and the Minister of education, science and sport Mikhail Batiashvili for the contribution made in successful holding the Olympic Games was awarded with the diploma.
The club Nona played a significant role in preparation and holding the 43rd World Chess Olympiad. At the same time the manager of the club, and the Deputy Chief Judge, the international Judge "A" categories Marika Japaridze the President of Chess Federation of Georgia and the Chairman of Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games Georgy Giorgadze and the Minister of education, science and sport Mikhail Batiashvili for the contribution made in successful holding the Olympic Games was awarded with the diploma.
Representatives of Nona club participated in a ceremony of European Parliament on which Jean Francesco was transferred to the mayor of Batumi Lasha of Komakhidze by the President of ACES EUROPE a title and a flag "the European City of Sport". Batumi is the first city in Georgia which received this status.
On December 24, 2018 in Hilton hotel rewarding show of the best clubs, athletes, and trainers was held. The Nona club was awarded in 3 nominations.
Individual awards were presented:
In the Athlete of Year nomination - Nino Batsiashvili.
In the club championship of Georgia four-time winners - the captain Marika Japaridze (WFM), members David Jojua (GM), David Magalashvili (GM), David Benidze (GM), Konstantin Shanava (GM), Miranda Mikadze (WGM) and Sofiko Khukhashvili (IM, WGM).
The Nona club won the Club of Year nomination, is a three-time winner and the two-time vice-champion of Europe: Nana Dzagnidze (GM), Nino Batsiashvili (GM), Béla Khotenashvili (GM), Lela Javakhishvili (GM), Salome Melia (IM, WGM), Miranda Mikadze (WGM), permanent captain Marika Japaridze (WFM) and coach David Jojua (GM).
The Nona club won the "Good Management of Sports Club" nomination.
The Batumi chess club "Nona" was recognized by the best club of 2018.
Maybe future world champion exactly here grows...
Author: Marika Japaridze