Ukrainian Chess Player Won the Youth Grand Prix Superfinal

by Roman Cheplyk
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Ukrainian Chess Player Won the Youth Grand Prix Superfinal

Ukrainian chess player Ihor Samunenkov won the Junior grand prix superfinal among athletes under 12


This tournament became the final one in the cycle of rapid competitions among cadets and youths this season. Among about 3000 participants, six best from each age category were selected for the Superfinal.

The favorite of the open competition in the U12 category was 12-year-old American Abhimanyu Mishra, who this year broke the record of Serhii Kariakin, becoming the youngest grandmaster in the history of sports.

When the 12-year-old Ukrainian beat Mishra in the first match — 1.5:0.5, the first day became decisive. After games with all opponents, both chess players scored 6.5 points, but in the end, it was the Ukrainian who took the upper hand: thanks to the result in a face-to-face meeting.

Ukraine will claim to host the children's chess olympiad in the coming years, says president of the chess federation Viktor Kapustin.

"We will apply for holding a children's chess olympiad in the coming years, when there is such an opportunity, somewhere in one and a half to two years. And, possibly, for holding some serious adult competition," Kapustin said at a press conference in Interfax-Ukraine agency (a Kyiv-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992) on Thursday in Kyiv.

He believes that if such competitions are held in Kyiv or another Ukrainian city, the chess federation will understand both with the relevant ministry and with the local authorities, both in financing and organizational matters.

Kapustin hopes that Ukraine will host the European women's rapid chess championship next year.

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