Zone 3.4 Chess Championship
The Zone 3.4 Chess Championship is currently going on in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.
Two best participants of the championship in each category will receive the right to participate in the World Cup.
The event runs from 21st to 29th May 2019 at the International Chess Academy in Tashkent.
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan made up Zone 3.4.
Turkmenistan is missing in both sections while Afghanistan does not have any ladies playing.
WGM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim 2414 is the top-ranked player in the Ladies section.
IM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, who is an eight times champion of Kazakhstan, is also a hot contender.
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2652 is the top-ranked player in the Open section.
Results after round 7
FM Bibisara Assaubayeva of Kazakhstan is leading in the Ladies section with 5.5 points after 7 rounds. She is a 5 times World Champion at several age categories and is only 15 years old!
GM Rinat Jumbayev of Kazakhstan is leading the Open section with 5.5 points out of 7 rounds.
We bring you two exciting games from the the event.
WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova v WIM Gulmira Dauletova
IM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva v WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova
Photos from Tashkent
Interesting facts about Uzbekistan
GM Timur Gareyev aka ‘Blindfold King‘ who visited Nairobi last year was born in Uzbekistan.
Tashkent is the capital and largest city of Uzbekistan. It is known for its many museums and mix of modern and Soviet-era architecture.
Uzbekistan is one of two doubly landlocked countries in the world. It means that it is, a country surrounded by landlocked countries.
Khazret Sultan, at 4,643 meters (15,233 feet) above sea level is the highest point in Uzbekistan .
Uzbekistan is one of the largest producers and exporters of cotton.
Uzbekistan has the fourth largest gold deposits in the world. The country mines 80 tons of gold annually, seventh in the world.
Standings & Results of Ladies Zone 3.4.
Standings & Results of Open Zone 3.4.
Uzbekistan Chess Federation website.
GM Timur Gareyev in Nairobi.