NUR-SULTAN – Dauren Abayev, a newly appointed Minister of Culture and Sports, congratulated 17-year-old Bibisara Assaubayeva on winning the 2021 Women’s Blitz Championship as part of the 2021 Rapid & Blitz World Championship, the ministry’s press service reports.
Assaubayeva became the youngest champion in world chess history at the tournament, which kicked off on December 25-30 in Warsaw. A few days earlier, before receiving a prestigious title, Assaubayeva won silver in the Women Rapid category.
The 2021 Rapid & Blitz World Championship and the Women’s Rapid & Blitz Championship are elite events organized by the FIDE (International Chess Federation) to determine the best players around the world under rapid time control.
The competition gathered more than 200 chess players from about 50 countries, including world champions, vice champions and FIDE’s top chess players. The total prize money was $1 million.
“The whole country is proud of Bibisara! Such a high result at the prestigious competition with the best global participants will forever remain in the history of Kazakh sports achievements. Therefore, I especially want to thank Bibisara’s mother Liana Tanzharikova and her coaches. I am sure that her achievements will be a great incentive for thousands of little Kazakhs to play chess,” Abayev said at their official meeting, highlighting her contribution to the development of chess and general sports in Kazakhstan.
Born in Taraz, Assaubayeva learned to play chess when she was only four. Her first master was Oleg Dzuban, a multiple Kazakh chess champion and international master.
The girl is the youngest ever holder of the Fide Master title, which she received at the age of seven after winning two world championships in 2011.
“As a 7-year-old little girl, I won a gold medal at the Youth Chess Championship in Poland, and after a decade I came back to become World Chess Champion in the Women’s Blitz category,” Assaubayeva wrote on her Instagram.
While performing for both Kazakhstan and Russia, she became five-time world champion and two-time vice champion in various age categories for children and youth. From 2016 to 2018, she represented the Russian Chess Federation and then returned to Kazakhstan.