Meet him in this stream!

by Frederic Friedel
4/6/2022 – Tykhon Cherniaiev is a Ukrainian Candidate Master, a double world U10 chess champion in Rapid and Blitz. The young talent (Elo 2209) turned 12 on first of March, during the war in Ukraine. The family fled the country and is safe in Hamburg, Germany. Would you like to meet the lad, play against him? Well, then join our stream this evening at 4:30 p.m. European time. There will also be a number of young super-talents present.

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The family Cherniaiev went through hell in their effort to escape the war zone of Kharkiv, which is currently being reduced to rubble by the Russians. The father, Sergey, had to stay behind. Mother Svetlana, grandmother Larissa, and sister Ustynya needed a full week to make it out of the country, but finally they all arrived in Hamburg.

They are now staying in the ChessBase company flat, are fully registered. We arranged for him to attend an Elite school for sports, one that will support Tykhon's chess training. We are also organizing full GM training for the boy. Read about his chess career here.

We are doing everything we can to make life normal and manageable for the family. 

Visiting Frederic Friedel's family in Hamburg

Playing badminton in the garden, and then joining the Friedel grandkids on the trampoline

Joining Hennes and Enders in a Minecraft session

Ustya shows Ingrid Friedel her paintings, with grandmother Larissa watching

At the women's Bundesliga in Hamburg, with friend Anna Muzychuk

If you would like to meet this amazing young man, ask him about his chess career, and his progress in the game, you are welcome to join us in a live broadcast at 4:30 p.m. European time in this live stream.

We expect a a lot young super-talents to be in the broadcast. Don't miss this opportunity to greet and encourage this stranded Ukrainian talent – and play a game against him.


Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the ChessBase News page. Studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford, graduating with a thesis on speech act theory and moral language. He started a university career but switched to science journalism, producing documentaries for German TV. In 1986 he co-founded ChessBase.


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