“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.