Person of day   -  6 AUGUST 2020

VIKTORIJA CMILYTE

VIKTORIJA CMILYTE

Viktorija Cmilyte was born in the Lithuanian town of Šiauliai. When she was a little girl, her father taught her how the chess pieces moved and trained his daughter for a long time, leading her to victory in the world and European championships for U10s and U12s. However, Cmilyte’s first serious success came when she was 16 and won the men’s national championship. Five years later, Viktorija repeated her success when she defeated grandmaster Sarunas Sulkis- a long-time leader of Lithuanian chess. 

After that, the hope of Baltic chess has achieved notable results in women’s as well men’s chess: Viktorija came second in the women’s U20 championship and won the reserve group of the tournament in Wijk aan Zee. She came close to winning the European women’s championship several times, but she stayed second in 2003, 2005 and 2008 before fulfilling her dream in Tbilisi in 2011. Cmilyte performed wonderfully in the 2006 world championship, defeating Alexandra Kosteniuk and Maia Chiburdanidze but losing to Alisa Galliamova in the semi-final. 

Viktorija Cmilyte has played for the Lithuanian national team since he was 13, with which she won two chess Olympiads- in Istanbul in 2000 and Calvia in 2004. She played on the first board both times. After the 2015 world championship in Sochi, the grandmaster announced a stop to her professional career because of her election to Latvian parliament, which became her main job.

Viktorija Cmilyte is an excellent volleyball player who speaks four languages. She is raising three children.