“We’re nonetheless in Spain now,” Ana informed TOI throughout an interplay on Friday. “We’ve got our dad and mom, grandparents, associates all there. Though we’re in contact with them, there’s no secure place in Ukraine now and you are worried on a regular basis. Solely few days again a bomb landed fairly close to our residence,” she narrated.
However it’s chess that has maybe stored the sisters going. And possibly they have been born to play the sport, very like the Hungarian Polgar sisters — Judit, Susan and Sofia.
“Our case is just about much like the Polgars as we began taking part in chess once we have been two years outdated,” said youthful sister Mariya. “Our life was very totally different from different kids as we devoted all our time to chess which led to lacking faculty usually,” she added.
“Our dad and mom have been chess gamers and graduated into skilled coaches and it was their thought. However it was not compelled upon us and we have been free to decide on different fields if we didn’t like chess. However one way or the other we each favored it,” smiled Anna.
The sisters, nevertheless, introduced some glad information for his or her war-ravaged countrymen by taking part in a giant half in profitable gold within the Chess Olympiad in August this yr. “It’s very particular as earlier we had received particular person medals however this was certainly one of our desires to win the primary workforce gold,” the 30-year-old Mariya said.
Her two-year older sister, nevertheless, felt glad that the outcomes went their manner regardless of not getting any time to organize as a workforce. “It was unusual to see that we have been representing Ukraine however all gamers arrived from totally different elements of Europe (on account of conflict),” Anna mentioned.
The sisters have all the time been daring of their stands. In 2017, Anna, a three-time World fast and blitz champion refused to defend her titles in Saudi Arabia as a protest in opposition to the remedy of ladies there. Her youthful sibling additionally withdrew from the ladies’s World Chess Championship in Iran out of protest for being obligated to put on a hijab.
“It was a tough choice to forgo my titles then. However it’s not that we wish to be common and do one thing so that folks discuss it. We’re simply ourselves and do what we consider is the proper factor to do, however on the identical time we by no means do something unhealthy to others,” Anna said.
Despite the controversies, Mariya has no remorse. “I’m actually grateful for therefore many individuals supporting our stand,” she mentioned.