Azerbaijani junior chess players win world championship in Italy

By Ilham Karimli October 24, 2022

Govhar Beydullayeva won the gold medal in the girls section of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship / FIDE

Two Azerbaijani chess players have been crowned winners of the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship, which took place on the Italian island of Sardinia last week.

Abdulla Gadimbayli and Govhar Beydullayeva of the country claimed on Saturday Gold medals in the open and women’s sections of the tournament, respectively.

Gadimbayli’s last draw with compatriot Mahammad Muradli ended in a draw, giving him a slight lead over Hungarian Adam Kozak in the final standings with 8 points. Kozak lost his last match against Indian Luke Leon Mendonca, robbing himself of a chance to top the 10-man standings.

With his victory in Italy, Gadimbayli added another international trophy to his collection, which includes gold medals at the European U8 Chess Championship in 2009 and 2010, as well as a silver medal at the World Championship. U10 Chess Championships in 2011.

Gadimbayli called the result “fantastic” for Azerbaijan.

“It was quite difficult, but I managed. I took first place. I tried my best to win,” he added.

Meanwhile, for her part, Beydullayeva clinched the title even before the final encounter with Assel Serikbay of Kazakhstan on Saturday as she secured a full points cushion and better tiebreakers over her rival. With 8.5 points, the Azerbaijani chess master took the highest place in the ranking of 10 players.

The double victory of Azerbaijani chess players at the FIDE World Junior Chess Championship was a landmark moment in the country’s chess history.

The tournament took place from October 11 to 23 in the town of Cala Ganone in Sardinia. A total of 20 male and female chess players under the age of 20 took part in the world’s major junior chess competition.

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