Female chess players from Kazakhstan hit the top three of the Chess Olympiad

While men’s national team is moving downwards in the rating

After another win, the Kazakhstani female team is now ranked third in the overall ranking at the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai, India.

Previously, the female chess players from Kazakhstan held the sixth position in the world tournament’s rating. In the game against Bulgaria, Kazakhstanis Xeniya Balabayeva and Bibisara Assaubayeva played a draw, while another pair Zhansaya Abdumalik and Guliskhan Nakhbayeva won 3:1. As a result, the Kazakhstani team now is ranked third in the Women’s Olympiad.

On the other hand, the men’s team is losing its positions. Kazakhstani chess players dropped from 12th position to 25th as they lost the game to Serbia (1:3). This is the second rout in a row and the third in general for the team during this tournament. Murtas Kazhgaleyev and Arystanbek Urazayev played a draw, while Rinat Jumabayev and Alisher Suleymenov lost.

Today, the female team is playing against the Indian national team which is ranked second in the Olympiad’s rating. The men’s team will meet their chess players from Croatia (27th in the rating).

On August 6, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sent his congratulations to Bibisara Assaybayeva, who has been recognized as the best female chess player in Asia by FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs). 

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