Kaspersky Lab will protect the Moscow Grand Prix, to be held 12-21 May. Earlier this year the company signed a sponsorship agreement with FIDE and World Chess and became an official cybersecurity partner of these organizations. The first deployment of Kaspersky Lab technologies will be implemented during the Moscow Grand Prix, with a focus on protecting the Worldchess.com website and the online broadcast of the tournament from DDoS attacks.
In future, additional Kaspersky Lab solutions and services will also be integrated in the IT infrastructure of FIDE, World Chess, and national chess federations. In addition, the company will be conducting cybersecurity training for the chess players taking part in the championship cycle, and providing them with Kaspersky Total Securityfor their devices.
Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, commented: "We’re very happy to be supporting the World Chess Championship, it goes without saying. The world’s ultimate game of strategy, chess is a beautiful, intelligent – and very computerized sport. Most watch competitions online, and it’s extremely important that no cyberattacks affect the championship and disturb players or spectators; while the grandmasters use various programs for game analysis and strategy planning to learn different techniques and prepare for tournaments. Clearly, data protection is a top priority for them, too."
Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of World Chess, said: "Today chess is a sport closely connected with information technologies. The Internet audience of chess is growing every year. The audience of the online broadcast of the World Championship in New York last year was more than 10 million viewers. Plus, hundreds of millions of people around the world play chess online. Chess has become a new trend and its commercial component has increased, attracting new partners. I am sure that the championship cycle 2017-18 in general, and the Grand Prix series in particular, will be an incredible event for the audience and an excellent business platform for our partners."
The FIDE World Chess Championship is a two-year series of six events taking place around the world that feature the world’s top grandmasters, culminating in a bi-annual World Chess Championship Match that determines the World Champion - one of the most prestigious titles in the world of sport. The 2017-18 Championship tour includes four Grand Prix Tournaments in Sharjah, Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, as well as the Candidates Tournament, and the World Chess Championship Match, in November 2018. The Moscow Grand Prix will last 10 days, during which each of the 18 participating grandmasters will play nine games.
Kaspersky Lab also supports several chess players. Since 2016, the company has sponsored chess Grandmaster and World Vice Champion Sergey Karjakin; and since 2012, it has partnered with a young candidate master Andrey Tsvetkov, as well as Grandmaster and the world junior chess champion Mikhail Antipov. Within these partnerships, Kaspersky Lab is providing information security and support in arranging and participating in sporting tournaments.
On February 17th, prior to the official Opening Ceremony for the FIDE 2017 Sharjah Grand Prix, Kaspersky Lab conducted cybersecurity training for 18 Grandmasters, as part of its commitment as official cybersecurity partner of FIDE and World Chess. During the session, Mohamad Amin Hasbini, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, provided insights into modern cybersecurity to all tournament participants.
Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Amir Kanaan, Kaspersky Lab’s General Manager in the Middle East, said: “Chess is closely tied with today’s information technologies: a lot of people play online or use special apps. Chess Grandmasters train with computer programs, while online broadcasts allow fans around the world to enjoy watching world-famous players in chess championships, such as the one in Sharjah. It’s great to see just how popular this intellectual game is, but as a company specializing in IT security, we also hope to raise awareness about cybersecurity threats among chess players and fans, to make the game of chess ‘cybersafe’.”
The Opening Ceremony saw a host of VIP guests gather at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club. The club’s chairman, Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla, welcomed guests from the world of sport, entertainment, culture and politics, as well as 18 Grandmasters who are competing at the Grand Prix for a prize fund of 130,000 euros.
They included Salem Saleh, the first Grandmaster from UAE to compete in an official World Chess Championship event. He said: “I am honored to be representing my country at the Sharjah Grand Prix. Competing against the world’s top players will be the greatest challenge of my career and I hope that the Grand Prix encourages more people in Sharjah and UAE to take up chess.”
Georgious Makropoulos, Deputy President of FIDE commented: “I am delighted that Sharjah is hosting the first Grand Prix of 2017. Chess in UAE is rapidly gaining popularity and the Grand Prix will only accelerate that trend.”
Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess said: “The Sharjah Grand Prix will elevate chess in UAE and is a fitting start to the 2017 FIDE Grand Prix series. The new Swiss format is an exciting innovation and one which will improve the spectator experience.”
The first round of the Sharjah Grand Prix started at 3pm on February 18th. Chess fans can follow all the action at www.worldchess.com.
Kaspersky Lab trains Chess Masterminds in IT Security, in advance of 2017 FIDE Sharjah Grand Prix
Modern-day chess is a sport that combines human excellence with mathematical accuracy and computer analysis like no other. As the combination of human expertise and advanced computer technologies is at the center of its business philosophy,Kaspersky LabjoinsFIDEandWorld Chessas cybersecurity partner for the next two years.
The partnership will include complex cybersecurity protection for FIDE headquarters, several national chess federations, chess players competing in the World Chess Championship and the infrastructure of the tournament. It also includes cybersecurity training for players. Kaspersky Lab’s branding will be visible on all player tables during the matches of the World Chess Championship 2017-18.
Georgious Makropoulos, Deputy President of FIDE, says about the partnership: “I am delighted that the world’s top players will have the opportunity to benefit from this partnership with one of the world’s leading cybersecurity companies. And it is immensely gratifying to see another global brand sponsor our sport.”
Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, comments: “I’m very proud that we’re now a partner of the World Chess Championship. The ultimate game of strategy, chess involves lots of excitement and tension too. The top chess tournaments are all about human brainpower – aided today by computer technologies. Some games at the very top level are simply among the top human achievements – real masterpieces. And we’re happy to become a part of this.”
Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of World Chess, adds: “Nowadays chess lives and breathes as an IT-related sport, played by hundreds of millions of people around the world. This makes Kaspersky Lab a natural partner of the game as it continues to gain in popularity.”
The FIDE World Chess Championship is a two-year series of six events taking place around the world that feature the world’s top grandmasters, culminating in a bi-annual World Chess Championship Match that determines the World Champion - one of the most prestigious titles in the world of sport. The 2017-18 Championship tour will start in February 2017 in Sharjah, UAE, and will include four Grand Prix Tournaments, the Candidates Tournament and the World Chess Championship Match in November 2018.
Kaspersky Lab also supports several chess players. Since 2016, the company has sponsored chess Grandmaster and World Vice Champion Sergey Karjakin; and since 2012, it partners with a young candidate master Andrey Tsvetkov, as well as Grandmaster and the world junior chess champion Mikhail Antipov. Within these partnerships, Kaspersky Lab provides information security and support in arranging and participating in sporting tournaments.