Twelve-year-old chess player from Uzbekistan is awarded the title of grandmaster

Young chess player from Uzbekistan Zhavohir Sindarov became one of the youngest grandmasters in the world. He was awarded the highest chess title at the age of 12 years and 10 months.

As we have already reported, in February this year, Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev proposed to include chess in the school curriculum. And in June, the newly elected President of the Uzbekistan Chess Federation Dmitry Li cancelled the tuition fee on chess lessons at the Republican specialized children-youth sport school (CYSS).

“Chess general education will still bear fruit. Soon we will witness the triumph of Uzbek chess players,” the 6th FIDE President noted.
Zhavohir Sindarov successfully competed at the First Saturday GM tournaments in Hungary in the U-12 age category and won the Grand Master title. In October last year, the young sportsman was awarded the title of international master of chess.
Thus, Sindarov became the second in the list of the youngest grandmasters in the history of chess, outdone only by the Russian Sergey Karyakin, who received this title at 12 years and 7 months of age.
Another young grandmaster from Uzbekistan is Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who won the title of grandmaster at the age of 13 years and one month in 2017.
Zhavohir Sindarov has been playing chess since the age of four. Among his achievements is winning gold at Asian School Championships (2012, 2014, and 2015).  He won two gold medals at the Asian Chess Championship among sportsmen aged 8 to 18 years in April last year.