Tykhon is safe!

by Arne Kaehler
3/10/2022 – At the beginning of February, the now 12-year old chess talent Tykhon Cherniaiev from Ukraine was about to start a new show on ChessBase called "Challenge Cherniaiev". But then Russia invaded Ukraine and Tykhon and his family had to flee from their home in Kharkiv. Fortunately, many chess fans offered help and Tykhon and his family are now safely housed in a ChessBase flat in Hamburg.

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Tykhon is safe!

Tykhon Cherniaiev is a Ukrainian Candidate Master, who is a double world U10 chess champion in Rapid & Blitz.

He consistently streams on various platforms, participates in tournaments, challenges engines like Fritz 18, and plays against his followers.

The young talent (Elo rating: 2209) turned 12 on first of March, during the war in Ukraine. The family went through hell in their effort to escape the war zone of Kharkiv. The trip took a whole week, but finally they all arrived in Hamburg.

In a five-minute conversation with the young Ukrainian, we mainly wanted to talk about how helpful the chess community is in these times and how it helped Tykhon and his family.

You can help Tykhon if you subscribe to his channel, or make a donation

You can also directly donate at his patreon page


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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