Our mission is to establish a chess center for children and youth with disabilities to develop their capability through our chess coaching and equip them to participate in international chess tournaments.
“My name is Sohibjamol Rakamova and I am from the small landlocked country of Pamir, Tajikistan. Chess is a popular sport in Tajikistan where I was born and brought up. Every child goes to chess school and attends tournaments. I too played chess.
However, due to the fact that I did not attend chess club trainings, I was always isolated and discriminated. I was bullied just like many children with disabilities who are passionate about chess. But through my persistence, I became a chess champion in many tournaments.
I am a chess player who deeply believes in the transformative power of chess. My childhood experiences with chess made me realize that I can change the life of children with disabilities into a bright future through an inclusive chess club.