In early spring in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Uzbekistan’s women team became a double silver medalist of the Asian Nations Chess Cup 2016.
Nafisa Muminova, Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva, Irina Gevorgyan, Gulruhbegim Tohirjonova and Sevara Baymuratova led by coach Vladimir Yegin took 2nd place in the tournament for the standard chess and 2nd place in the rapid-tournament of the Asian Nations Chess Cup among women.
Last year, our youngest players won the most of the awards in the international arena. They at first won nine medals in the Asian Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, four of which were gold. The gold medals were won by Humoyun Begmuratov in the standard chess among boys under 6, Nodirbek Yakubboev in the blitz and standard chess among boys under 14, Ortik Nigmatov in the rapid chess among boys under 16.
Then, on July 10, 2016 in Tehran, Iran, during the Asian Championship among schoolchildren in the rapid chess the young players of Uzbekistan won two gold, two silver and one bronze medals. Humoyun Sindarov among boys under 7 and Afruza Hamdamova among girls under 7 came first. In the blitz chess the young players won two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Another children’s team led by coach Akmal Faizullaev participated in August in the Mikhail Botvinnik International Children’s Chess Tournament among junior teams and showed the best result among the countries of Central Asia and Sukhrobjon Avalboev was awarded the Botvinnik Cup as one of the best players.
At the end of the year, young players made a furor in the world championship among schoolchildren in Sochi. They won eight medals - two gold, two silver and two bronze in the standard chess, as well as the gold and bronze – in the blitz chess. In addition, Uzbekistan’s national team was awarded a Special Team Award for the 1st place in the team standings.
During the year the chess players of Uzbekistan successfully participated in many international tournaments. So, the gold medals were won by Tohir Vahidov at the international rapid chess tournament – the 4th Sabah MRSM International Chess Championship 2016, Islombek Sindarov at the international ranking tournament in the standard chess MOTORGAS OPEN, held in the Czech Republic, and Bobur Sattorov at the 16th international tournament ‘Maralsay 2016.’
Of particular note is the success Nodirbek Yakubboeva, became not only the champion of Uzbekistan in 2016 among adults, but also won the bronze medal of the world chess championship among juniors under 14 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Last year, Temur Kuybokarov and Shamsiddin Vohidov received the title of international master, Gulruhbegim Tohirjonova - international grandmaster among women, and Bahora Abdusattorova - international master among women.
But the true development of chess in Uzbekistan is illustrated by the performances of the leading players at the world championships and major international tournaments. In this regard, we have a little something to boast in 2016.
In particular, in September the capital of Azerbaijan hosted the World Chess Olympiad, the most prestigious team competition in the world, with the participation of 150 men and 140 women teams. Both our teams completed the tournament unsuccessfully – men’s team occupied the 39th place, and women – 22nd.
For a long time we did not see bright victories of our leading chess player, former world champion Rustam Kasimdjanov. Even at the Tashkent international tournament of chess stars dedicated to the 680th anniversary of Amir Temur, Rustam Kasimdjanov failed to win even one game and share the third-fourth place… among four participants.
…But all this left in the past 2016. In 2017, new competitions, tournaments and championships will be held, and we hope, they will be even more successful for our chess players.