At the recent Karposh Open I met a young, pretty, dark-haired girl, with a long plate reaching below the waist, Kazakh style. WGM Dinara Saduakassova had won the Best Woman Prize at the tournament at which no fewer than 98 titled players had partaken. Soft spoken, sweet and serious at the same time, Dinara has an effortless manner to win you over.
Dinara started playing chess when she was five. She would win many local and national competitions already by the the age of ten. By the time she was fourteen, her successes reached world proportions: In 2010 she was the world champion among girls under-14, having won with 9.0/11. In 2014 she won the under-18 World Youth Championship for girls, with a dominant 10.0/11.
Dinara is under her mother’s constant vigil. A medical biologist by profession, Mrs. Oral Utesheva has played a decisive role in the shaping of Dinara’s career. Noticing her daughter’s many creative gifts, she supported her in several endeavours while Dinara was a young school pupil. Her idea was to give Dinara free rope to taste various disciplines until they discover where the multi-talented girl especially excels. Mrs Utesheva thought that a particular ’profession’ would discern itself following Dinara’s development and results. For a while, it was difficult to make a choice as the gifted and disciplined girl would show excellent results wherever she would put her foot in.
Dinara had a spell as a gymnast and as a pianist, two creative activities that predominated over the others in her early years. As a gymnast, she participated in international competitions in artistic gymnastics. As a pianist, following a rigid musical education and piano practice, she mastered some difficult numbers in the classical repertoire. Mozart, Haydn and Schumann are her favourites, but she also played some pieces of the Kazakh national repertoire and was eager to try her hand at the complex piano inventions by Bach.
As of 2010, Dinara abandoned her regular schooling in order to dedicate herself fully to the game of chess, continuing her education through home study. It is surprising to hear that she has achieved such amazing success working predominantly on her own; but she intimated that she is looking for a coach.
Today, she is a professional chess player with a clear goal: to become a woman World Champion! She is convinced that her dream is a realistic expectation. ’I have enough time to achieve this.’ Her belief and determination are contagious. I could wish for nothing more than this ’modest’ desire to become a reality.
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