Chess player Kirill Shishkin won the silver medal at chess championships in Poland and Slovakia on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old has won the bronze medal at last year’s World Chess Championship in the United States.
Shishkin has been playing chess since he was just nine years old and he has been working on improving his game ever since.
“This is a very special moment for me, I will try to take it the best way possible,” he told a news conference at the stadium where the event took place.
Shishkins mother, who has played chess professionally for 25 years, said he is proud of his son’s achievements.
“I have no doubt that Kirill is one of the best chess players in the world,” said Maria Shishkina.
“When I was a child, my dad would take me to chess tournaments in the evenings and I would always lose to Kirill,” she added.
“He is my hero.
I will continue to train for him and he will be proud of me when I win my first international tournament.”
Shishkins first-round win against Alexander Vlazov in the finals of the World Chess Championships in 2015 in St Petersburg was followed by a second-round victory against Alexander Karakatsanis in the final of the 2016 tournament in St Petersburg.