Naomi Bashkansky Wins World Schools Champ Title


Naomi in her final round game in Sochi, Russia 

Congrats to Naomi Bashkansky of Washington State, who won the Girls Under 13 section of the World Schools Championships in Sochi, Russia from December 2-12.

She scored 7/9 on her way to clear first. Find crosstable on

On there are a series of spectacular photos featuring Naomi’s chess tournaments as well as the family’s travels. See a small sample from the Sochi trip below, including a trip to the local art museum and to Mount Akhun. Find full posting on the tournament here. 








  1. We just had Naomi at a Chess challenge. She was outstanding! A true professional in every sense of the word.

    What a blessing to have been able to watch her at her craft in person.

    Congrats on the 24 or more wins Naomi, and thanks for being such a wonderful bright light in the profession of Chess. She was gracious as can be.

    It was/is a distinct pleasure to be able to see her play.

    Congrats on the World School Championship!!! I will be looking forward to seeing you meet and beat the best in the world in the future!

    I pray you always keep safe, and you always remember your kind smile! God bless you and your Parents!

    Thank you kindly for coming to play in our small community of Vashon Island!!!

    Kindly always,
    Kip Jurus of Vashon Island, Washington USA. 5.20.2017 5:53pm

    To Naomi’s Parents, “You’re welcome to contact me if you’d like any of the photos I took today!”
    You’re welcome to contact me for photos from today if you like.

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