16 March 2023

Sochi Gives Start to All-Russian Competition "Ascension"

The event lists as many as 47 teams.

The opening ceremony of the seventh All-Russian competition among teams from orphanages and boarding schools "Ascension 2023" took place at the Sochi Park Hotel on March 15. There showed up for the tournament 47 teams out of 32 regions (185 participants).
It should be added that every year since the first tournament there come to the "Ascension" ever more teams that represent different regions. This year, the tournament first-timers are teams from the Stavropol Krai and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Many teams that are no longer first-timers include players who feel happy to meet old friends and coaches.
As is already a tradition, this chess tournament has an exciting recreational program in store for its participants, such as quizzes, an intellectual game "What, Where, When", sports games, a drawing competition and, needless to say, chess-related activities.
The opening ceremony not only informed children about the upcoming additional rich programme and showed them a video clip about how bright and fun the previous sixth edition of this competition was, but also allowed them to be actively involved in the ceremony itself.
The opening ceremony closed to the traditional ceremonial parade of the teams. This year the core motif of the recreation program is the quest titled "Deep waters realm treasures are out there for you". All participants were split into two teams - "Subsea Wolves" and "Monsters of Deep Waters" - and were given team bracelets. While the tournament is underway, children are entitled to awards and tokens for participating in contests and sportive events, thus nearing victory for their teams.
CFR would like to thank sponsors and competition partners – Timchenko Foundation, PJSC PhosAgro, and Aeroflot Russian Airlines. Our special thanks go to the of Sochi Park Hotel administration for their warm welcome.


Written by Ekaterina Vasilchenko, photos by Pavel Kovalenko and the author