India Win Five Gold, Five Silver, Seven Bronze In Korea
By Arvind Aaron
India impressed as was expected in the final day. India won more medals than all nations. India took five gold, five silver and seven bronze medals in the Asian Youth Chess Championship that concluded at Suwon in South Korea on August 10, 2015.
Overall, India picked up 17 out of the 36 medals on the table that is very close to the 50% mark. Iran took four gold, two silver and one bronze for a tally of seven medals. Vietnam won four medals, one gold, two silver and one bronze.
China won two medals, one gold, one silver. Uzbekistan picked up two medals, one gold and one bronze. Mongolia took three medals, two silver and once bronze. Kazakhstan won a solitary bronze medal. The show was organised by the Korea Chess Federation.
Players like Divya Deshmukh of Nagpur, R Vaishali of Chennai have won both Asian and World Age Group competitions. They are both hard and systematic workers. Vaishali won by the widest of margins. Champions Bharath Subramaniyam (Open U-8), Aakanksha (Girls U-16) and Krishna Teja (Open U-18) are names we are going to read more in the future.
Many Indians like Shahil Dey (Open U-8), Arjun Erigaisi (Open U-12), Chandreyee Hajra (Girls U-16) tasted moments in the lead but could not win Gold this time. They are likely to make it big in the future. India’s IA M.S. Gopakumar of Delhi was the Chief Arbiter.
Medal winners (Open section):
Open U-8: 1 H Bharath Subramaniyam (Ind) 8/9; 2-3. Shahil Dey, Prraneeth Vuppala (both Ind) 6.5 each…26 players.
Open U-10: Javokhir Sindarov (Uzb) 8.5/9; 2 Aditya Mittal (Ind) 6.5; 3-5. Raunak Sadhwani, R Praggnanandhaa, Mahitosh Dey (all Ind) 6 each…32 players.
Open U-12: 1 Alireza Firouzja (Iri) 8/9; 2 Arjun Erigaisi (Ind) 7; 3 G.B. Harshavardhan (Ind) 6.5…28 players.
Open U-14: 1 FM Aryan Gholami (Iri) 7.5/9; 2-3. FM Nguyen Anh Khoi (Vie), Nodirbek Yakubhoev (Uzb) 7 each…24 players.
Open U-16: 1 IM Shahin Lorparizangeneh (Iri) 7/9 each; 2 Arash Tahbaz (Iri) 6.5; 3-4. FM Tran Minh Thang (Vie), Harsha Bharathakoti (Ind) 6 each…22 players.
Open U-18: 1 N Krishna Teja (Ind) 5.5/7; 2-3. Mersad Khodashenas, Masoud Mosadeghpour (both Iri) 5 each…16 players.
Under-8: 1 Wei Yaqing (Chn) 8/9; 2 Nguyen Le Cam Hien (Vie) 7; 3 Prathivya Gupta (Ind) 6.5…25 players.
Under-10: 1-2. WFM Divya Deshmukh (Ind), WCM Mungunzul Bat-Erdene (Mgl) 7.5 each; 3 Rakshitta Ravi (Ind) 6.5…23 players.
Unde-12: 1-2. Tan Huynh Thanh Truc (Vie), Tamir Saruul (Mgl) 6.5/9 each; 3-5. WCM Nurgali Nazerke (Kaz), WFM Bach Ngoc Thuy Duong (Vie), WCM Saina Salonika (Ind) 6 each…27 players.
Under-14: 1 WFM R Vaishali (Ind) 8/9; 2 WCM Yang Yijing (Chn) 6.5; 3-4. Nomindalai Tumurbaatar (Mgl), Samriddhaa Ghosh (Ind) 6 each….25 players.
Under-16: 1 Aakanksha Hagawane (Ind) 7/9; 2 Chandreyee Hajra (Ind) 6.5; 3-5. Harshita Guddanti (Ind), Alinasab Mohina (Iri), WCM Ananya Suresh (Ind) 6 each…22 players.
Under-18: 1 Anahita Gholami (Iri) 6/7; 2-3. G Lasya, WFM V Varshini (both Ind) 5 each…13 players.