In 2012, Alpari brought the then promising young grandmaster, Sergey Karyakin, to the world's attention, with high hopes for the youngster. Both sides signed a cooperation agreement, giving themselves the ambitious goal of returning the chess crown to Russia. Alpari is the Russian's first ever personal sponsor.
During our cooperation, we have, most importantly, set a trend in Russia with regards to chess, as well as create an industry for chess sponsorship.
Boris Shilov, chairman of the Alpari Supervisory Board
Alpari has always believed in Sergey's talent and done all it can to make this gem shine as bright as ever. Thanks to funding, Karyakin has been able to expand his coaching staff, hiring one of the best coaches in the world. This has already borne fruit as Sergey has won a host of international tournaments, including the Chess World Cup in Baku. The main reward for their work together thus far, however, was the final match for the chess crown in New York.
Sergey Karyakin, chess grandmaster
Sergey Karyakin received the title of grandmaster at the age of 12, entering the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest ever recipient. On the way to his life-long dream, he has become world champion at speed chess, won the silver medal at the Chess Olympics, and achieved a whole host of international victories. In November 2016, Sergey came closer than ever to the chess crown but lost in a heated battle to Magnus Carlsen. Fate was not on his side that day, and now, Sergey is out for revenge.
30th of November
The match between Karyakin and Carlsen went down in history. The encounter was followed by over 3 million people from over 200 countries, an astounding record.
This match for the chess crown has gone down as one of the most interesting and intense in the trophy's history. Chess enthusiasts were delighted with how well the Russian played, which put some question marks over the champion's supposed invincibility.
The crown may have stayed with the Norwegian, but Sergey Karyakin won the hearts of chess enthusiasts everywhere. After this encounter, the pair met again at the World Blitz Championship with the Russian emerging victorious over Carlsen in a sparkling display.
Now the Candidates Tournament lies ahead, in which the Russian will fight for the right to compete in the World Chess Championship.
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