Grandmaster Profile: WGM Victoria Cmilyte
GM Alex Baburin interviews
WGM Victoria Cmilyte on the 6th of December in New Delhi. This
interview was original published in Chess
Usually chess fans do not know much about young players. If
this is true for boys, then it is even truer for girls. We hope to improve this situation
and thus we would like to introduce to you a young chess star from Lithuania - meet with
Victoria, I think that for most chess players your name
is quite new. I first heard it when last year, a 16-year old girl won the Lithuanian
Championship among men! Could you tell us how you started in chess?
I am from Shaulyai, which is in the north of the
country. I began playing chess at the age of six, when my father taught me.
When I was 7, I won Lithuanian Championship among girls.
What happened then?
Then I became European Champion
among girls under 10 and after
that World Champion among
girls under 12. In 1996 I
played in Yerevan at the
Olympiad for Lithuania on
board 3. Two years after in
Elista I played already on
board 1 on the team.
And this year you won the
Lithuanian men's Championship?
It was not such a surprising
result to me - I hoped to do
well. The tournament went really
well for me though. In
October I played in Istanbul.
How did you do there?
I scored 91/2 out of 12 and
won gold medal on the first
Great! So how do you feel
about your result here in New
I did not set high hopes as I
had very little time to
prepare. I just came here to
see what I can do and try to go as far
as possible. But I was already tired
after the Olympiad.
You are at the age when people
have to make
important decisions about their studies
and career. What do you plan?
I am finishing school this year
and plan to go to
So, are you not going to devote
all your time to
I would like to become a
professional player, but
this does not mean that I should
not get some other qualification
Nice to see so much common
sense! :-) What will
What are your plans for the
There are very few strong
tournaments for women. Next year I
will not play much because of my
studies. Probably I will play in
the Lithuanian men's
Championship again and will
also try to qualify for the
Women's World Championship.
Victoria, thank you very much
for the interview
and good luck!
This interview was conducted by
Alexander Baburin on the 6th of
December in New Delhi and
English by the author. Text and photos Copyright GM Alexander
Baburin, all rights reserved.