Athletistic/ Others. At the end of December, the World Blitz and Rapid Championships took place in Samarkand. Russian chess player Valentina Gunina won the blitz championship. She suffers from a serious systemic autoimmune disease, lupus. Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi congratulated her on her victory at the World Championship. Gunina recounted what Nepomniachtchi had told her.

– Nepomniachtchi congratulated him very kindly. He said that if you need pills or if you need a specialist, then he is ready to help you,” SE quoted Gunina as saying.

Remember that in 2024 Ian Nepomniachtchi will participate in the Candidates Tournament. He could have the right to participate in the match for the world chess crown for the third time in a row.

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