Nazí Paikidze: Georgia - Russia - Georgia... USA

Время публикации: 31.10.2014 02:29 | Последнее обновление: 31.10.2014 03:29

From now on, 21-years-old WGM Nazí Paikidze will be the U.S. chess player.

This photo was made when she was 17

Paikidze was born in Russia, in the Siberian city of Irkutsk. She moved to Tbilisi with her family at the age of 4; a decade later, Nazí moved back to Russia where she became a recognized chess player. Her name was being mentioned quite frequently on our website a few years ago. The highlight of Paikidze's career was 2010 when she won the women's Moscow Open, became 4th in the Russian Women's Championship (having stayed in the lead for the most part) and reached 2454 Elo on January 2011.

Since Paikidze was still representing Georgia, she was offered membership by the Russian Chess Federation after her successes; however, according to Nazí, "the Georgian Chess Federation did everything to keep me". Back then, she said: "Georgia's offer, in return, was so good that I couldn't say no. But I'm grateful to the RCF which has let me in the Russian Championship, since that success has helped my promotion in the chess community a lot".

One of the consequences of this promotion was that the RCF has changed its regulations, disallowing foreign players to take part in the national championships.

Her next results were less convincing and her rating has dropped. In November 2011, Paikidze played for Georgia in the European Women's Team Championship, but that was the first and last time she entered the national team. Soon afterwards, her name almost disappeared from chess chronicles. The reason was simple: she entered the UMBC University in Maryland, USA.

And now we could hear from her again. That's what has been posted in her Facebook timeline some 6 hours ago:

Omg my transfer has finally completed after 2 years! I'm #4 US women chess player!

So, only time can tell us now whether her peak has already been reached in 2010 or is yet to come.


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