The Bashkansky family Chess Travel blog

The Bashkansky family Chess Travel blog: parents Guy and Ludmila with children NM Ethan and WIM Naomi

Monday, August 25, 2014

On Par with a Chess Grandmaster!

On August 22, 2014 in a Chess4life-organized simultaneous chess games exhibit, Naomi played Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian (USCF rating 2758) to a draw!

20 players participated in this "simul".  Naomi is the only child who hasn't lost the actual chess playing.  Another kid has "won on time" (after coming late) when the clock ran out accidentally because Akobian has been carried away by a conversation with the Chess4life CEO Elliott Neff -- who actually won his game, congratulations!

In an amazing coincidence, in a similar 2010 event, only Naomi and Ethan didn’t lose to GM Varuzhan Akobian (then USCF-rated 2705) during a simultaneous games exhibit in which many adults participated too.  

Our kids are keeping on par with a chess Grandmaster, for many years already ;-)

Photo album: 2014_08_22 Naomi plays simultaneous chess with GM Akobian to a draw!

Tough opponent