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Biography of Babakuli Anakov

Babakuli Annakov is the first Grandmaster of Turkmenistan (former Soviet Republic).

Born in 1972, He started playing chess at the age of 6, but became seriously interested in the game at 10. His first trainer was Hakimov Shakir, who worked with him until his enrollment in chess boarding school in Moscow in 1985. This unique chess institution became a critical point in careers of many famous chess players, such as Bareev, Morozevich, Galljamova, Yurtaev, Shipov, Alexei Kuzmin , Anna Ahsharumova, Yuri Dohojan, and many others.

AnakovIn 1991 he enrolled in the chess department of the Institute of Physical Education (now Academy of Physical Culture and Sport) in Moscow. This is the only academic department in the world that prepares high level chess teachers. Chess department of this institute have a long and rich history with graduates such as Smyslov, Bologan, Morozevich and others.

In 1992 he became a silver medalist of Turkmenistan Championship and won an honour of representing my country at the World Chess Olympiad and at World Junior Championship in Buenos-Aires. He also made many good friends at that championship with people, such as G. Veskovi and Egger. He earned his first IM norm at Ufa in 1993. He had a poor start, but managed to win the remaining 6 games in a row to achieve the norm in a field of very strong players, such as A.Fedorov, V.Jandemirov, V.Golod and others. Photo finishes give important psychological confidence for the future competition. This combined with growing experience made conquering the remaining two norms much easier.

In 1994 he entered a graduate program in chess department of the Institute, while remaining active in chess tournaments (GM norm earned in 1997). He and the head of chess department, E.P. Linovitskii have done extensive work in developing tools for chess education. Over 40 Grandmasters contributed their ideas to the project concerning the questions of chess strategy and tactics which were summarised in a teaching supplement for their institute.

Babakuli AnakovSince 1998 he became actively involved in teaching chess over internet. Internet helps bring benefits of his research to students around the world. He give live lessons at Internet Chess Club as well as offer game analysis by Email.

He moved to the USA 2000. Here is some my results during his stay in USA:

  • Co-Winner of World open 2003 in PA
  • Winner of Foxwoods open 2000
  • 3 times TX state champion
  • 2 times Southwest open winner
  • TX masters 2004

He is also chess coach in following schools in Dallas Fort-Worth area:

  • St Marks school, Hockaday
  • Dallas International school
  • All Saints Episcopal school at Forth Worth
  • Episcopal school of Dallas.
  • Ed Gurukul Learning Institute, Plano.