Kazakh chess players bring 17 medals from Western Asia Youth and Junior Chess Championship

28 November, 2018, 12:55 257
Kazakh chess players bring 17 medals from Western Asia Youth and Junior Chess Championship

232 chess players from 11 states of the world took part in the competitions. 

Kazakh chess players of the Junior Team won 6 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals at the Western Asia Youth and Junior Chess Championship, BNews.kz reports referring to a press service of the Kazakh Chess Federation.  

The Championship took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where 232 chess players from 11 states from the region took part.  

A 16-year-old Assel Serikbay, who played in the category under 20 years old, stroke 2 gold medals, and was the best in rapid and blitz chess. She also won silver in classical chess, thereby carried out the third score of International Master. A 14-year-old Nazerke Nurgali, who also performed in the category under 20 years old, gained 2 silver medals in rapid and blitz chess and was third in classical chess. 

Credit: Kazakhstan Chess Federation 

"Western Asia is traditionally famous for its strong chess players, and it is a huge honor to play with the best. By not playing in my age category, I challenged myself as almost every opponent was older or more experienced than me. But the result showed that I managed to face them with dignity," said Assel Sarikbay. 

Out of 22 Kazakh chess players, 8 won medals, including Xenia Balabayeva who won two gold medals (blitz and classical chess) in the category under 14 years old, Zeynep Sultanbek took a gold medal in blitz and 'bronze' in rapid (under 16 years old), Yelnaz Kaliakhmet in the category of under 8 years old was the best in classical chess, and won 'silver' in rapid chess, and Bibisara Abylkyzy was third in rapid and classical chess (under 6 years). Aisha Alen and Abilmansur Abdilkhair won 'bronze' each in the category of under 12 and 16 respectively.     

Credit: Kazakhstan Chess Federation 

"The results of our young chess players are indisputable indicators of the high level of the domestic chess school. For instance, Assel (16 years old) and Nazerke (14 years old) played with participants of the category under 20 years old, each winning three medals," said Vasiliy Shimelkov, the head of a Kazakh delegation at the Western Asia Youth and Junior Chess Championship.