Monday, December 06, 2021 10:46
The young chess genius of the MOL Foundation immediately shocked the field at his first adult European Championship, not only with his chess skills, but also with his knowledge of the rules.
“I’m past the busiest month of my chess career so far,” said Zsóka Gaál to the MOL Team, who doesn’t look back on a really long career at the age of 14, but it only means the time interval, because the lady from Ajka jumps from one huge success to the next. She met all three standards in the summer, making her the youngest female international champion and also featured in the adult national team as a bonus.
At the end of October, Zsóka sat at the table at the Grand Master of the Leading School in Budapest, in the Castle District, but here she fell short of her goal. “It was actually a preparation competition for me before the European Championship in adult team chess. I wanted to be able to meet the female grandmaster standard, but unfortunately I slipped by half a point about getting it, ”the rider from Ajka explained.
Bundesliga and then European Adult Championship
Zsóka also competes in the Austrian Bundesliga, but for the main event in November was the European Championship, where she was a member of the adult women’s national team for the first time.
“I traveled to Graz in early November and am also a member of the Austrian Women’s Bundesliga. It also proved to be a really useful race, although the trip was a bit tiring. I got home from Austria, after a few days off, the team started the European Chess Championship in Slovenia on November 11. ”
Photo: Hungarian Chess Association
“This is the first national team membership of my life. I went to the competition motivated, cheerful and determined. I got a chance to play eight times out of nine rounds, winning four of them, reminiscing twice and losing twice. ”
“The atmosphere in the race room was sensational. I’ve always loved world competitions, it’s a whole different feeling. I was extremely happy to be there among the “big ones”. I could see women and men playing chess, whose parties I knew from books and newspapers, but seeing them live in chess is still different. I had some exciting parties … ”Zsóka explained.
He was also thoroughly prepared for the rules
The Hungarian national team marched great at the European Championships, the ladies were able to sit at a table for a medal in the last round, but in the end they were knocked out of Ukraine and thus slid back thoroughly. Zsóka was enriched with a lot of experiences and also proved that it was not by chance that she was among the best.
“The fight against the German national team was only on my board in the whole competition hall. I was lost, but there is a really special rule in chess. “If you don’t walk or hit for fifty steps, I can claim a tie. The fiftieth step was one before the mat, so I regularly demanded a remix to surprise my opponent. This has never happened before in the history of the European Championship. 2 managed to fight the Germans. ”
“Our team was ranked 11th, in the last round we played for a medal against the very strong Ukrainian national team. Unfortunately, we got knocked out in a battle full of great excitement, so we slipped to 12th place. ”
Zsóka said she really enjoyed the race, even though the medal chance was gone in the last lap. However, he was thoroughly tired during the race. “The team spirit was really great. There was a good atmosphere between us, we spent ten days helping each other. ”
“Now comes a week break, which will be ready, as I will start in the adult Hungarian women’s championship, where I will be the first to be featured. “And all I expect from myself is to play good parties, get the most out of myself. I’m confident it will work out! I’ll do my best for it!” the chess player on his lips closed his thoughts.
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