13-year-old Kazakh Wins International Chess Tournament

Zhansaya AbdumalikThirteen-year-old Zhansaya Abdumalik of Kazakhstan won the international CZECH TOUR series Brno Open 2013 chess tournament, which was held in the Czech Republic from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23

Abdumalik, currently the world’s vice-champion among girls up to the age of 20, racked up six victories and no defeats in the tournament to gain 7.5 out of a possible nine points. The victory added more than 30 points to her international rating. Sixty-nine chess players from 14 countries participated in the tournament.

Zhansaya has not lost a match since a 2008 defeat in Vietnam. She has now been crowned world champion among her peers four times in a row. She has played tournaments around the globe in Russia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Greece, Brazil and elsewhere.

Her matches last longer than most others in tournaments, each average up to five hours. In the past, some of her opponents have said that when they see her name in the tournament they shift their strategy to go for second place.

Earlier, on Nov. 12 it was reported that Zhansaya was in the competition for the title ‘Respect-Sportsman’ and was entered the list of the nominees within the prize Narodnyi Lubimec (Russian for Popular Favourite). The contest is now held for the third straight year.

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