The Nana Alexandria Annual International Chess Festival launched today in Poti after having been renamed into the "Poti International Chess Festival". For eleven years, the championship carried the name of Georgian Grandmaster Nana Alexandria - the organizers of the tournament relate the change in the name to "promotion of city of Poti". However others consider the decision to be politically motivated. Nana Alexandria is mother of Giga Bokeria - a leader of the opposition party, the United National Movement.
The Director of Poti Chess School, Davit Kodua, explained that the change is related to promotion of Poti. The Poti branch of the United National Movement however sees political motives in organization’s decision.
"This is of course political decision, done to win the heart of Bidzina," - stated the head of Poti Office of the UNM, Vakhtang Dartsmelidze.
Nana Alexandria is a Georgian Chess Grandmaster and one of the most famous Georgia female Chess players. Her achievements include 12 Chess Gold Medals and European Championship. She was a runner up twice for Women's World Chess Championship, and USSR Women's Champion in 1966, 1968 and 1969.