Cover Stories with Chess Life #49: WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova

Cover Stories with Chess Life #49
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Today’s guest on "Cover Stories with Chess Life" is one of the authors of our December cover story on the 2022 FIDE Olympiad. She is our Women’s top board, WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova.



Begim, as she is often called, was born in Uzbekistan, and saw chess success at a young age, winning the U12 bronze at the World Youth in 2011. After earning both her WIM title and WGM title in 2015, her success continued, representing her country at the 2016 and 2018 Olympiads, and winning the Uzbek Women’s Championship in 2018.

After coming to America to study at the University of Missouri and play on their chess team, Begim became a fixture in American chess. She competed in the 2021 and 2022 U.S. Women’s Championships, finishing second in 2021 and in the middle of the pack this year, and she held down the top board for the Women’s Olympiad team in Chennai, telling her story to Chess Life readers in our November issue.

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