In the city of Hanshui, China, the IMSA World Masters Championship has ended. Kazakhstan was first invited to this prestigious tournament. Our country was represented by an international grandmaster, Zhansaya Abdumalik, who was also the youngest participant in the championship. In total, 16 strongest woman chess players of the world took part in the rapid and blitz competitions. The woman from Almaty won several victories over former world champions.
“My opponents in different years took the world championship, so it was impossible to relax for a second, – says Zhansaya. – I managed to beat Tan Zhongyi, the world champion of 2017-2018, as well as Nanu Dzagnidze, Irina Krush and Lei Tingzi. In the blitz, I took revenge on Maria Muzichuk, winning 2-0. Humpy Koneru won with the same score.”
According to the results of the tournament, Abdumalik raised her rating in blitz to 2414, and now she is the only Kazakhstani chess player who has an ELO above 2400 in all three types of chess: classic, rapid and blitz chess tournaments.
“Zhansaya took the seventh places in rapid and blitz in the tournament. She showed an excellent game, – says the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation Irina Grishchenko, – In addition to the crushing victories over the strongest chess players of the planet, she tied with the rating favorite Chinese woman Lei Tingzi. Parties with and former world champions Ukrainian Anna Ushenina and Russian Alexandra Kosteniuk also ended in a draw, but Zhansaei managed to beat the famous players in one game. The defeat from Zhansai deprived Kosteniuk of gold in this championship.”
In total, 170 players from 36 countries took part in the competition. The selection of participants was carried out by the International Chess Federation on the results of performances at chess tournaments in 2018-2019. For the first time IMSA World Masters Championship was held in Beijing in 2008. During this time, such chess legends as Anatoly Karpov, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Hou Yifan, Ju Vendzui and others played in it.
General partner of the KCF is NWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, social partner is foundation for development of social projects “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”.
General sponsor is the Kazakhstan Chess Federation NGO – the Scientific and Educational Foundation named after Academician Shahmardan Esenov.