Zhansaya Abdumalik at the World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, 2012.
|Full name||Zhansaya Daniyarqyzy Abdumalik|
|Born|| 12 January 2000
|Title||Woman Grandmaster (2014)|
|Peak rating||2411 (April 2015)|
Zhansaya Daniyarqyzy Abdumalik (Kazakh: Жансая Даниярқызы Әбдімәлік; born 12 January 2000) is a Kazakhstani chess Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and chess prodigy. She won the U-8 Girls' World Championship in 2008 and the U12 Girls' World Championship in 2011.
At the age of 6, Abdumalik and her older brother began attending a chess school. In just over a year, Zhansaya won her first trophy at a national tournament in January 2007. Her first big jump in chess came at the 2008 World Youth Chess Championship where she convincingly won the gold medal in the Under-8 Girls section with 1,5 points ahead of competition. She became a titled player at the Under-10 Girls World Chess Championship in Porto Carras where in the strongest ever U10 age category she shared 1st-2nd place and earned her Woman FIDE Master (WFM) title. Shortly after came the Woman International Master (WIM) title with a final norm at the 12th ASEAN+AGE Group Championships 2011. The same year as a WIM she conquered the World Chess Championship title U12 in Brazil.
In September 2013, she was the runner-up in the World Junior Girls Chess Championship. In November 2013, she won the Brno Open in Czech Republic with 7.5/9. Abdumalik won the bronze medal in the Asian Women's Blitz Championship of 2014. She won the bronze medal also at the 2015 World Junior Girls Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.
In January 2014, Anatoly Karpov visited Almaty to open the newly established Zhansaya Abdumalik Chess Academy. Karpov and Abdumalik also played a four-game match after the ceremony. Karpov won both rapid games (20 minutes per player), while Abdumalik won one blitz game and the second one was drawn.