Babakuli Annakov, first Grandmaster of Turkmenistan (formerly over 2600 when he was playing actively), now lives in Frisco, Texas. He is currently coaching many of the top young talents in the United States. In this past World Youth in Brazil, 4 of his students achieved great results.

Boys u10 Li Ruifeng USA (2nd on tiebreaks)
Boys u10
Tianming Xie (tied for 2nd with Li Ruifeng, 8th on tiebreaks)
Boys u12 FM Xiong Jeffrey USA (tied for 3rd, 5th on tiebreaks)
Girls u14 WCM Chiang Sarah (tied for 4th, 5th on tiebreaks)
– former student of GM Annakov for 3 years

Jeffrey also won Silver in 2010, and Sarah in 2007!

Congratulations to Ruifeng, Jeffrey, Xie, Sarah, and Coach Annakov!

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About GM Annakov

Babakuli Annakov was born in 1972 in the Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He started getting heavily involved in chess at the age of 10 and became a Grand Master in 1997.

GM Annakov attended the prestigious Olympic Reserve School from 1985 to 1991 in Moscow and graduated from the Russian state Academy of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow in 1994. GM Annakov was the co-winner of the 2003 World Open, the Texas state champion from 2001 to 2003, the 201 and 2002 Southwest Open champion. and the 2004 Texas Masters Tournament champion. He also qualified for and played in many international events like the World Olympiad (twice) and the World Youth Championship. His highest rating was 2619 in 2000.

GM Annakov’s students include four National Master who began lessons with him as beginners. His students have represented the United States in the World Youth Championship for the past 6 years. GM Annakov has been the chess coach for St. Mark’s School of Texas (4th year), Hockaday (6th year), and All Saints Episcopal School (4th year).

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