Photos by Mona Hoobehfekr, ISNA
Motahare Asadi from Iran won the gold medal of the World Youth Chess Championships 2012 on November 19. In the competitions held in Maribor, Slovenia from November 7-19 Asadi finished at the first place in the U8 Girls section where she collected 10.5 points.
Around 158 young players took part in twelve age categories. Motahare Asadi was awarded by Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov.
In an interview with ISNA's reporter Atena Khalili, the 8-year-old Motahare said she wants to become the best chess player in the world.
Motahare lives in Qaem Shahr, nothern Iran. She started playing chess at 4, and for the last 3 years she has been practicing it with Master Yassar Amini at the club for the gifted. She practices 5 hours per day during school days and 7 hours otherwise.
Motahare's role model is Garry Kasparov since she thinks of her as the best chess master.
Motahare says playing chess doesn't impact her school work, and it rather helps her do better. In the future, she is aiming to be a chess grandmaster and a doctor.
Read full interview on ISNA's website.
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