Timur Yonal is not learning the pieces, nor is he the mascot of the Moscow Open. He is there as an experienced competitor, who has been playing for over a year already, and very successfully too.
At just four years old, Timur Yonal already has plenty to brag about - he holds 20 cups of various tournaments, as well as the title of champion of Alexandra Kosteniuk's children's chess school.
At the Moscow Open Timur knew he would face opponents twice as old as himself, and prepared for it very seriously. His mother recounts, "Timur prepared specifically for the tournament and solved 250 chess problems in two days. In the family, we actively support him, and his eagerness to play chess seems to grow every day."
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