Kazakhstani athletes won 4 awards at the The World Youth Chess Championships which takes place on the Greek island of Chalkidiki.
Asel Serikbay from Kyzylorda became the best in the blitz chess tournament among girls under 16 years old. She took fourth place in rapid chess tournament. Let us recall that at the age of seven, Assel has already become the champion of the country.
“It is a great honor for me to represent Kazakhstan at such a prestigious event of a global scale,” admits Asel, “The game was not easy, but I was ready for it. I had to play with the best representatives of chess sports from around the world. Long trainings were not in vain, and the first place in blitz chess tournament is a good achievement. Unfortunately, I was not the best in rapid chess tournament, but for me it’s more of an additional motivation than an occasion to get upset.”
The national team has also two silver, won by Pavlodar citizen Denis Makhnev in blitz chess tournament (up to 18 years old) and Astana citizen Meruert Kamalidenova in rapid chess tournament (up to 14 years old). The fourth medal, bronze in rapid chess tournament, was brought to Kazakhstan by Ramazan Zhalmakhanov, who competed in the age category up to 16.
The World Youth Chess Championships 2018 is one of the world’s largest chess championships, which annually brings together the best players from all over the world. This year a record number of participants took part in the championship – 651 chess players from 79 countries, including 8 grandmasters, 48 international masters and 157 FIDE masters. The championship will last until October 30, chess players are waiting for the game in the classical chess tournament, which can replenish the collection of awards of our team.
“Domestic athletes who are members of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation regularly take part in the world’s largest competitions, traditionally showing a brilliant game,” said executive director of the federation, Irina Grishchenko, “And these competitions were no exception. Kazakhstan is represented by 10 young chess players. On behalf of domestic chess fans, I wish our guys good luck in classical chess tournament”.
General partner of KCF is NWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, social partner is foundation for development of social projects “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”.