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Interview with Foreign Minister of Mongolia Mr. Zandanshatar
Sunday, 01 August 2010

010810_prime2.jpgDuring the 2nd round 5th Women FIDE Grand Prix was visited by Foreign Minister of Mongolia Mr. Zandanshatar. He expressed his respect to the organization and wished to participants of the tournament good luck.

G.Zandanshatar: I am glad this notable event is being held in Ulaanbaatar. First of all, I came here to support our Mongolian chessplayer - Munguntuul Bathuyag, and all beautiful girls, champions and excellent players as well. 

Q: How do you evaluate the organization of the tournament?

G.Zandanshatar: The level of the organization is very high. I think our Government and National Organizational Committee are trying to do their best. As a member of NOC, I want to express my gratitude to the organizational side of this competition.

Q: Is chess in your country developed highly? Does the game receive any support?

G.Zandanshatar: Chess in Mongolia is strongly developing. Our ancestors even said that chess appeared in Mongolia first and that Genghis Khan’s military commanders all played chess to improve their strategy and tactics. On the other hand all our people play chess. I can say the percentage of people playing chess in regard to overall population is higher than in most other countries. I think that our girls, our players will show good results in international competitions. In the future we are expecting to bring up a new world champion – among women or men. 
My father used to play chess. He played in Mongolian style which is slightly different from the Indian one.
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