International Chess Federation
Wednesday, 09 Jun 2021 13:24
PhosAgro and FIDE sign strategic partnership

Moscow, June 09, 2021

PhosAgro, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, and the International Chess Federation (FIDE) have signed a strategic partnership. The contract was signed by the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Arkady Dvorkovich and PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev in the Mikhail Botvinnik Central Chess Club in Moscow.

Photo credits: Eteri Kublashvili, Chess Federation of Russia

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), chairman of the Skolkovo  Foundation Arkady Dvorkovich thanked PhosAgro for the long-term partnership, stressing that the company uses an integrated approach to popularizing chess as a sport: “First of all, I would like to once again congratulate PhosAgro on its 20th anniversary. We can no longer imagine the World Championship Match without such a partner as PhosAgro, and I am glad that this year the company is again a partner of the World Championship Match and, no less important, FIDE World Cups, which will be held in July-August in Sochi. 

I believe that this is another proof of the company's commitment to chess, its support of the Russian school and the development of chess in the world. The partnership promises to be fruitful in terms of supporting the younger generation of chess players, both in Russia and around the world.

This time, the World Championship Match will be held in Dubai as a part of the World EXPO, which will bring together the best minds not only of the chess world but also of politics, business, and technology. I think this is fully consistent with the values and the expertise that the International Chess Federation and PhosAgro both possess.”

The partnership between International Chess Federation (FIDE) and PhosAgro includes such major FIDE events as the WorldChampionship Match in Dubai and FIDE World Cups in Sochi.

Photo credits: Eteri Kublashvili, Chess Federation of Russia

“Chess has become a traditional corporate game for us, a part of our corporate culture. This year the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, and for 11 years we have been supporting the Chess Federation of Russia. We are also sponsoring the World Chess Championships and the qualifying tournaments for them. This signing ceremony has become traditional: chess is gaining popularity in our country and around the world and requires proper support from business. Chess and PhosAgro have a lot in common: we always think one move ahead, or rather two or three moves, to outperform our competitors. It is important for PhosAgro to support Russian chess and Russian chess players, and our main goal is to bring the world chess crown back to Russia.” emphasized PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev.

About PhosAgro:

PhosAgro Group is the undisputed leader in the supply of fertilizers to the Russian market and is one of the three largest producers of phosphate-based fertilizers in the world.

PhosAgro's main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 102 countries across all inhabited continents of the world. The Company's priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia. 

The Company has been the general partner of the Chess Federation of Russia (CFR) since 2010. PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev is a Vice-President of the CFR and a member of its Board of Trustees.

PhosAgro is also a strategic partner of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in the Grand Prix series of the World Chess Championship in 2019−2020.

PhosAgro has sponsored the matches for the World Chess Champion title in Sochi, New York and London, as well as the qualifying stages of the world championship cycle - Candidates Tournament in Berlin (2018) and Yekaterinburg (2020-2021) and the Grand Prix in Moscow (2017).

At the same time, PhosAgro continues to promote chess in the regions where it operates by opening chess classes in Company-supported schools and kindergartens and funding the training of specialised teachers.

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