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Putin congratulates Russian women’s team with 2014 Chess Olympiad gold

August 14, 2014, 19:09 UTC+3 YALTA
The team of Russian women, who are the winners of the 2010 and 2012 Chess Olympiads, outplayed in the final encounter team Bulgaria
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YALTA, August 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Russian women team with the victory at the 2014 FIDE Chess Olympiad in Norway’s Tromso, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

“The president has sent a congratulatory telegram to members and coaches of the Russian women’s chess team, which won the gold of the Chess Olympiad in Norway,” Peskov said.

Team won on Thursday the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Norway’s Tromso grabbing the title of the world’s champions for the third consecutive time.

The team of Russian women, who are the winners of the 2010 and 2012 Chess Olympiads, outplayed in the final encounter team Bulgaria.

The team encountered some problems before the tournament kicked off in Tromso on August 1 as the organizing committee of the Olympiad earlier declined to register them saying that Russia allegedly failed to submit its application before the announced deadline of June 1.

The Russian Chess Federation, however, said that FIDE regulations did not stipulate any penalties for the failure to submit the application and the team could register for the international competition after the stated deadline. Eventually, in mid-July Russia’s national women chess team was granted permission by the FIDE to compete at the 2014 Olympiad.

The Russian women team is represented at the Olympiad, which wraps up today on August 14, by Grandmasters Olga Girya, Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kostenyuk, Natalia Pogonina and former Ukrainian chess Grandmaster Yekaterina Lagno, who was granted the Russian citizenship less than a month ago.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainian chess grandmaster Yekaterina Lagno on July 22. The citizenship gave her the green light to compete for the Russian national women team.

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