Roman Shogdzhiev’s Spring

On May 7, the Children's Spring Cup of Russia ended in Yershovo near Moscow (nine rounds with classical time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds for each move).

A Kalmyk chess player, champion of Moscow Roman Shogdzhiev took part in boys under nine-years-old team (coached by Dmitry Sarangov). His main rivals were one year older than Roman. However, he secured first place for himself a round before the end of the tournament.
Taking nine points out of nine possible, the young player repeated his last year's success of the Children's Cup of Russia. Roman was able to compete with older opponents in three additional blitz tournaments (three minutes + two seconds for each move). Result: two first places and one second.
In addition, on the penultimate day of the tournament, a competition of solving chess puzzles took place and again he won the first place!

The first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov praised the success of his young compatriot and sends his congratulations to Roman, the coach and the boy's parents. He is proud of the victories of his young countryman!