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Salomėja Zaksaitė

Full name Salomėja Zaksaitė
Country Lithuania
Born 25 July 1985
Kaunas, Soviet Union
Title Woman International Master
Peak rating 2267 (2005)

Salomėja Zaksaitė (born 25 July 1985 in Kaunas) is a Lithuanian chess player with the title of Woman International Master (WIM), scholar of criminal law and criminologist.

Early years

In 2003 she was awarded the title of International Women Master (WIM). The required norms she achieved in July 2002 at the Baltic Championship in Panevėžys woman with over-achieving, in August 2002 at a tournament in Birštonas, also with over-achieving, and in July 2003 at the Memorial in Świdnica (Poland). For the Lithuanian women's team, she played at the Chess Olympiad 2002, Chess Olympiad 2014 and at the European Team Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2011.

Her current Elo rating is 2196 (as of January 2014); rating was second to Viktorija Čmilytė at Lithuania's Elo ranking of women. Her highest Elo rating was 2267 from January to June 2005.

Her trainer was Gintautas Petraitis (b. 1944), ICCGM. Current trainer is Vaidas Sakalauskas (b. 1971), IM.

Personal life

From 1998 to 2003 she attended Kaunas University of Technology Gymnasium. After she graduated from her 2003 to 2008 program of master studies in law (with Specialization of Criminology), and then from 2008 to 2012, the doctoral program at the Law Faculty of Vilnius University. On 27 January 2012, she received a doctorate in criminal law and sports law on the "Prevalence of Sporting Fraud and Its Prevention" (lit. "Sukčiavimo sporto srityje paplitimas ir prevencijos problemos") by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Drakšienė. From November 2006 she is at the Law Institute of Lithuania as an assistant, from 2008 as a chief specialist and from 2009 researcher (in the Department of Legal system research and after in Department of Criminal justice). 2012 she was teacher at European Humanities University. From April 2013 to March 2015 is she post doctoral researcher at Mykolas Romeris University (internship from The Research Council of Lithuania). Salomėja Zaksaitė will analyze legal issues of fraud situations in sports. Her supervisor is Prof. Alfredas Kiškis.

Zaksaitė speaks English, Russian and German.