Asian Juniors 2018: Indians begin on a positive note

The Indian team were off to a flying start in the Asian Junior Open and Girls Chess Championship which commenced on Sunday at the historical venue – Central Palace of Culture of Mongolian Trade Union in Ulaanbataar.

In the girls event, while all the six girls won convincingly, the lone Indian in the fray IM N. Krishna Teja was held to a draw by lower seeded local youngster Amilal Munkdalai.

In the Girls Section, second-seeded and in form WIM Aakanksha Hagawane after clinching the Bronze medal in the Rapid event held earlier, played the white side of Sicilian Najdorf, outplayed her Mongolian opponent Margadgua Erdenebayar to emerge one pawn up in the middle game. She complicated the game by sacrificing an exchange and won it back later to emerge one pawn up in the resulting rook ending. Displaying flawlessly technique, she wrapped up the point after a long battle.

Fifth seed Isha Sharma playing Slav defence outplayed her Mongolian rival Khaliunaa Gankhulug in a positional tussle without much effort, to score a smooth victory.

Priyamvada Karamcheti was the first Indian to win by scoring a quick victory against the Grand Prix attack opted by Amartuvshin Narasolongo of Mongolia. Priyamvada neutralised the threats to steer the game into a superior Knight against a bad Bishop in an equal ending which resulted in her favour.

Sakshi Chitlange played a positional game while facing the Kings Indian Defence from Enkhbolor Nyamdavaa and outplayed her to win the vital a5 pawn. She gradually exchanged pieces and the extra ‘a’ passer decided the issue in her favour.

C.H.Meghna played the French defence and had to face the exchange variation from her Korean rival Khanyl Chuluuntuya. Meghna went for a fierce mating attack which could not be defended and her opponent lost lot of material before succumbing to the pressure.

Bidar Rutambara got the better of Enkhsaran Batsaikhan of Mongolia after a long battle. Rutambara opened with 1.d4 and the game transposed into Queens Gambit Accepted. Thought the position was level, the inexperienced Mongolian player blundered a piece in the middle game and it was just a matter of routine for Rutumbara to win the game, though her opponent was stretching a hopeless position.

In the Open event, IM N. Krishna Teja opted for the Catalan set up with white against Amilal Munkdalai of Mongolia. He traded queens and converted to a Rook and minor piece ending with a microscopic edge. However, he was not able to make headway as the local youngster defended doggedly to hold the game.

GM S.S.Ganguly, who had just completed playing an invitation event in Mongolia visited the venue, to wish luck to the Indian contingent.

Open: Results

Round 1 on 2018/08/19 at 15:00

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 16 CM Ochirbat Lkhagvajamts 2007 0 0 – 1 0 IM Yakubboev Nodirbek 2512 1
2 2 FM Priasmoro Novendra 2485 0 1 – 0 0 Chinguun Otgonbayar 1952 17
3 31 Viegas Tilman Zezinho M.T 0 0 0 – 1 0 IM Batsuren Dambasuren 2446 3
4 4 IM Krishna Teja N 2389 0 ½ – ½ 0 Amilal Munkhdalai 1790 19
5 20 Erdemdalai Yondonjamts 1788 0 0 – 1 0 FM Tugstumur Yesuntumur 2361 5
6 6 FM Suleymenov Alisher 2343 0 1 – 0 0 Khuslen Altan-Ochir 1780 21
7 22 CM Erkhes Bayartnar 1762 0 1 – 0 0 CM Chinguun Bayaraa 1941 18
8 7 Gan-Erdene Sugar 2309 0 1 – 0 0 CM Batbold Nyamsuren 1759 23
9 24 Azhigulov Nurmat 1721 0 0 – 1 0 Agibileg Uurtsaikh 2302 8
10 9 FM Baasansuren Erdene 2240 0 1 – 0 0 Taivanbat Chimeddorj 1691 25
11 27 CM Azjargal Erdenebat 1564 0 0 – 1 0 FM Amartuvshin Ganzorig 2236 10
12 11 FM Tengis Tsog-Ochir 2186 0 1 – 0 0 Anand Batsukh 1682 26
13 28 Ulziikhishig Khishigbat 1517 0 0 – 1 0 FM Garidmagnai Byambasuren 2128 12
14 13 Itgelt Khuyagtsogt 2119 0 1 – 0 0 CM Tenuunbold Battulga 1469 29
15 30 Ariuntur Munkh-Uchral 0 0 0 – 1 0 Chinguun Sumiya 2108 14
16 15 FM Bulgankhan Ganzorig 2103 0 1 not paired

 

Girls: Results

Round 1 on 2018/08/19 at 15:00

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 17 Khongorzul Davaakhuu 1633 0 ½ – ½ 0 WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh 2313 1
2 2 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2292 0 1 – 0 0 Margadgua Erdenebayar 1619 18
3 19 Udval Batkhishig 1608 0 0 – 1 0 WGM Amina Battsooj 2212 3
4 4 WFM Altantuya Boldbaatar 2174 0 1 – 0 0 WCM Udval Enkhsaikhan 1599 20
5 21 WCM Khaliunaa Gankhulug 1587 0 0 – 1 0 WCM Isha Sharma 2145 5
6 6 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 2144 0 1 – 0 0 WCM Enkhbolor Nyamdavaa 1563 22
7 23 WCM Bayasgalan Khishigbaatar 1524 0 0 – 1 0 WCM Munkhzul Davaakhuu 1823 13
8 7 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara 2036 0 1 – 0 0 WCM Enkhsaran Batsaikhan 1498 24
9 26 Khanyl Chuluuntuya 1402 0 0 – 1 0 WFM Meghna C H 1892 8
10 9 CM Nomindalai Tumurbaatar 1877 0 1 – 0 0 WCM Unurzul Davaakhuu 1352 27
11 28 Anandpara Jayendra Saloni 1346 0 0 – 1 0 Omurbekova Diana 1868 10
12 11 FM Ulziikhishigjargal Ochirkhuyag 1858 0 1 – 0 0 Chan Lyanna 1324 29
13 30 Amartuvshin Naransolongo 1262 0 0 – 1 0 Priyamvada Karamcheti 1850 12
14 31 Oyudari Batkhuu 1010 0 1 – 0 0 Tsogzolmaa Nanjid 1792 14
15 15 WCM Mandukhai Myagmarsuren 1717 0 1 – 0 0 Da Silva Sonizia A.T 0 32
16 33 Nomun Munkhtuya 0 0 0 – 1 0 Lu Miaoyi 1691 16
17 34 Undral Myagmarsuren 0 0 1 bye
18 25 Urangoo Kherlenzorig 1475 0 0 not paired

Report by D.V.Prasad