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Bruna Tuzi – a star from Albania

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Interview with Bruna Tuzi

Bruna Tuzi, who is the top-ranked lady player in Albania, was kind enough to give us an interview.

The charming Bruna Tuzi of Albania in action during the 2018 Batumi Olympiad. Photo credit David Llada.
The charming Bruna Tuzi of Albania in action during the 2018 Batumi Olympiad. Photo credit David Llada.

When did you learn to play chess?

My uncle taught me to play chess when I was five years old. My brother and friends would gather together during our free time.

In which year will the official participation in chess?

My first chess tournament was in 2006, where I played at a school championship. In 2009, I took my first chess lesson with my trainer. I was the only kid who did not skip a class, the first one to arrive and the last one to leave the chess class.

In which year is the first participation locally and globally?

My first national chess tournament was in 2007 where I played at the National Youth Championship. My first World Youth Championship was in November 2009.

Bruna Tuzi at a chess simultaneous with students and professors at Agricultural University of Tirana. It was organised by a youth organization in and the Albania Chess Federation.
Bruna Tuzi at a chess simultaneous with students and professors at Agricultural University of Tirana. It was organised by a youth organization in and the Albania Chess Federation.

Personal achievements

What is your best achievement so far?

I have been the five times Youth Albanian Champion in girls’ section U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19. In 2014, 2015 and 2018 in the Albanian Ladies National Championship, I ended up in 2nd place.

I won the first place at International Youth Chess Championship for Girls Under 16 in Skopje, Macedonia in 2011. At the 2015 Mediterranean Youth Championship held in Crete, Greece I won a silver medal.

Bruna Tuzi with her runner's up prize at the 2015 Mediterranean Junior Chess Championship Girls U20 organised in Crete, Greece. Xhulio Shukrta from Albania who won third place at Boys U20 is standing next to her.
Bruna Tuzi with her runner’s up prize at the 2015 Mediterranean Junior Chess Championship Girls U20 organised in Crete, Greece. Xhulio Shukrta from Albania who won third place at Boys U20 is standing next to her.

I obtained my WCM title at the 2012 Istanbul Olympiad when I scored 5 points out of 9 games.

At the 2018 Batumi Olympiad, I earned my WFM title when I obtained 7 points out of 10 games.

Have you realised your dream?

I have one title that I have still not won it yet, which is the Ladies Albanian Championship.

What is your current rating?

My rating is 1909.

Do you have brothers and sister and do they play chess?

I have one brother older than me. We used to play a lot together when we were kids, but he quit chess to play football.

Bruna Tuzi (second from left) with her brother and supportive parents.
Bruna Tuzi (second from left) with her brother and supportive parents.

Olympiad

How many times have you played in the Olympiad?

My first chess Olympiad was in 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. I have then played at every Olympiad, including 2014, 2016 and 2018.

What work do you do?

I am currently doing the final year of my MSc studies in finance and accounting. At the moment, I am in Germany as an exchange student.

Which country would you like to visit?

My dream was to visit Germany, where I currently live. I
want to visit Russia as well. I have visited 20 countries in the world, thanks to chess.

Chess Coach

Do you still have a coach, and how often do you train?

My coach from the beginning has been FIDE Trainer Shkelqim Cela.

It is more challenging to train while I am in Germany but I still continue my training.

Bruna Tuzi with a medal as the best player from Albania in an event held in Kosovo.
Bruna Tuzi with a medal as the best player from Albania in an event held in Kosovo.

Albania Chess Federation

When was the federation set up?

The Albania Chess Federation (ACF) was set up in 1933. ACF became a FIDE member in 1953 and has participated in Chess Olympiads from 1960.

How is the federation organised?

Albania Chess Federation is organised based on the regional chess associations and chess clubs.  ACF has 16 members and is a member of FIDE, ECU, AIDEF & the Albanian National Olympic Committee.

How does the ACF select the team for the Olympiad?

Every year we organise the national Women and National Open Championship. The champions from both categories are each given one spot. The trainer then selects the other players, and it depends on their performance during the year, training and results at previous Olympiads.

Chess books in Albanian language

Do you have chess books in the Albanian language?

We have some books translated in my language for kids only.

It is very challenging to find chess books in Albania. We are only able to buy books when we travel abroad.

Some players borrow from a FIDE Trainer called Shkelqim Cela. He has a chess library with just over 500 chess books in English, Italian, Russian and Serbian language.

Bruna Tuzi is also a chess trainer at the Albanian Chess Academy in Tirana.
Bruna Tuzi is also a chess trainer at the Albanian Chess Academy in Tirana.

Links

Albania Chess Players.

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