A Syrian refugee crowned the French chess champion for the under 14 category

Paris – “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: a Syrian refugee was crowned French chess champion in the under 14 category, thus qualifying for the European Championship in 2022. The winner is Lyn Yaghi, who has just turned 14, and is from Syria two years ago. . Lynn says her chess story began by accident when she was six and living in Syria with his family, where the 10-year-old brother was taking lessons for some time. She was jealous of him: “Nobody wanted to teach me! So I was bothering him, hiding the parts, “the girl told France-Bleu. She adds:” Later, my brother started teaching me the basics of the game … My family then realized that I was playing well … so they paid me to take chess lessons. Then, in 2019, the family disastrously left Syria. I wanted to keep playing, but we didn’t have the money. Then I was discovered by the Auxerre Chess Club, in France, and I started again ». Her coach, international professor Arno Payne, said everyone at AJA Echecs is proud of Lynn: “She is so young, talented and hardworking. She trains at home and it shows when she comes back. in class. “Today the club count on this Syrian girl to motivate the girls to play chess.

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