On April 28 the women classical chess championship of the Republic of Kazakhstan finished in Almaty. The gold medal of the country’s championship was won for the sixth time by the international female grandmaster, Gulishkhan Nakhbaeva, from Shymkent.

Competitions were held on a round-robin system of 9 rounds. Athletes had fighting spirit from the first round. Only 7 games of the championship ended in a draw.
– At the tournament there was a chance to realize the attacking parties. In the 2nd round without a rook, I won a good game with the debutante Meruert. But in the 5th in the meeting with Gulmira, I did not take advantage of the huge preponderance, in the added control for 30 minutes it was possible to put the mat forced, but in a hurry I missed the move, after which I had to go to a draw. The emotional state was at zero, but I took myself in hand and toward the finish I won 4 consecutive games, winning the gold. Such a gift I made to my husband on his birthday, – said Gulishkhan Nakhbaeva.

Despite the long absence of gaming practice, the international women’s masters Gulmira Dauletova (Almaty) and Sholpan Zhylkaidarova (Astana) performed remarkably. Young chess players from the capital – Amina Kairbekova (12 years old) and Meruert Kamalidenova (13 years old) made the competition favorites feel nervous. Moreover, Meruert practically competed for medals until the last round, and had a won position with Assel in the eighth round, but fortune favored her rival. Due to the successful performance at the tournament, Meruert was able to raise her rating by 70 points.
International female grandmaster and world champion among senorit (2013) Elena Ankudinova from Pavlodar won bronze medal of Kazakhstan championship. Female FIDE master Asel Serikbay from Kyzylorda brilliantly debuted at the championship. Among her achievements she owns a silver medal and compliance with the standards of the international master and master of sports of Kazakhstan – the first in the Kyzylorda region.
– The results of the championship are logical, the strongest have won at the moment. Congratulations to Gulishkhan Nakhbaeva! Unfortunately, I do not know the history of the republic’s national championships so well, but in the period of independent Kazakhstan it is clear – Gulishkhan is the record holder in the number of victories in the national championship, – said Kazakhstan national team coach Rustam Khusnutdinov. – The main result of the championship for me as a coach is the successful performance of young chess players, who in the very near future will compete with the main team.

Rustam Khusnutdinov and his wife Mariya Kovanova

The sponsor of the tournament – the Shahmardan Yesenov scientific and educational foundation – allocated a prize fund of 3.2 million tenge for the women’s national championship.
Gulishkhan Nakhbaeva this year will go to defend the honor of the country in the personal championship of Asia and the Central Asian Cup.

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Asian Youth Chess Championship wrapped up in Thailand. Kazakhstan athletes brought home two gold, one silver and six bronze medals.
570 athletes from 26 countries participated in the Championship of the continent held in Chiang Mai. Kazakhstan was represented by the silver prize-winners of the 2018 Naitonal Children’s Championship.

Meruert Kamalidenova from Astana was unrivaled in the regular chess among girls U14. Without a single defeat and four draws in 9 rounds, Meruert scored 7 points and won a gold medal. Thus, Meruert became a two-time Champion of Asia. Thanks to the performance at the tournament, the rating of the female athlete rose by 21.2 points.
And another Kazakh athlete – Assel Serikbay from Kyzylorda – was close to the gold medal among girls under 16. After conducting a series of win-win games, last year’s absolute Сhampion of Asia gave way to Sanskriti Goyal (India) and on the sum of additional points took only the third place.
– I would also like to mention a solid performance by Almaty region’s representative Ryan Zhumagali (girls U8) and Shymkent resident Abilmansur Abdilhair (U16). They were a step away from the bronze medals of the Championship, but ended up outside the podium. They are very capable sportsmen, — said the head coach of the children’s and youth chess team Anuar Ismagambetov.

Young talents were also distinguished in the rapid pace competition. Nazerke Nurgali (girls U14) displayed a confident game throughout all 7 rounds and won a silver medal! Excellent was the debut of the young Aktau representative Edgar Mamedov (boys U8), considered a dark horse, it was his first tournament of the scale and he came third. The bronze medal also went to an Astana athlete Amina Kairbekova (girls U12).

In the blitz tournament, Kazakhstan athletes also won several medals. In the age group up to 8 years old, an Almaty resident Yelnaz Kaliakhmet was head and shoulders above the competition and won a gold deservedly. Her peer Rayan Zhumagali in the same age group came in third place. Bronze winners of the Asian Championship in blitz are Kazybek Nogerbek (boys U14) and Assel Serikbay (girls U16).


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