From April 30 to May 4, the Greek island of Rhodes hosted the World Youth Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships. An excellent result was achieved by the leader of our club, the current European U-16 rapid chess champion Sofia Blokhin, who won bronze medals in both championships among U-16 girls. Both tournaments were not easy. Defeats at the start from opponents with significantly lower rating immediately put Sofia under pressure to catch up, and at the finish line she had to win decisive medal games. Fortunately, Sofia once again demonstrated excellent fighting qualities and confirmed her status as one of the strongest fast time control chess players in the world at her age.
The winner of both tournaments was the multiple world champion Umida Omonova from Uzbekistan, leaving no chance for her competitors. The level and speed shown by the champion left a strong impression and will serve as an excellent guide and example for the further improvement of our talented young chess player.
On our return from Greece, we were greeted with another piece of good news. Based on the results of a major international tournament, held in February in the Norwegian city of Kragero, Sofia Blokhin was awarded her next international title – Women FIDE Master!
Chess Club “Vector” congratulates Sofia on her double success at the World Championships and on her new title! We wish you new achievements and victories!