First championship title in career

Minsk hosts top league men’s and women’s national chess championships, with Anastasia Zezyulkina and Vladislav Kovalev acknowledged the strongest

Minsk hosts top league men’s and women’s national chess championships, with Anastasia Zezyulkina and Vladislav Kovalev acknowledged the strongest

22-year-old Vladislav won the title for the first time: in 13 games, he won 9.5 points, being 0.5 points ahead of the top ranking — Sergey Zhigalko. He comments, “It’s an honour for me to become Belarus’ champion; I’ve added my name to the history books. I’ve succeeded in playing the tournament with no losses. I won all my games against chess players in the lower part of the table. In the future, I plan to take part in the international tournament in Moscow.”

In December 2015, Vladislav took part in the European Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships. In the speed chess game, he was expected to win up until the last minute but eventually lost to the Czech David Navara, dropping below the top ten. According to the Belarusian, the European event caused a great stir. “It’s great that Minsk has hosted a major chess tournament,” he says. “It’s evident that this sport is gaining in popularity and I hope Belarus will host international competitions more often.”
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