Sakshi Chitlange clinches Silver Medal in Asian Junior Girls Chess Championship

Report by IM Devaki Prasad

WIM Sakshi Chitlange defeated compatriot Isha Sharma in a tense battle to tie for first place with 7.5 points along with top seed WIM Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh of Mongolia to bag the Silver Medal after finishing second on tie break in the Standard format in Asian Junior Girls Chess Championship.

Sakshi played the Caro Kann defence and after the opening, Isha had the advantage due to pressure on the ‘e’pawn and also on the ‘b’ file. But Sakshi defended accurately and Isha blundered the exchange and Sakshi made no mistake in winning the vital point.

In a game of fluctuating fortunes, WIM Aakanksha Hagawane put it across the young Chinese Lu Miaoyi to finish 4th with 6.5 points.

In other games C.H.Meghna beat the local WGM Amina Battsooj to log 5.5 points, Priyamvada Karamcheti drew with Udval Enkhsaikhan to reach 4.5 points of Mongolia while Bidhar Rutumbara lost to Tsogzolmaa Nanjid of Mongolia to remain on 5 points.

In the Opensection,, FM Priasmoro Novendra of Indonesia won with a one point margin by scoring 8 points in 9 rounds and was followed by the top seed IM Yakubboev Nodirbek of Uzbekistan. However, IM N.Krishna Teja went down to FM Amartuvshin Ganzorig of Mongolia.

Aakanksha wins Bronze in Blitz

In the Blitz event that followed , Aakanksha Hagawane won the Bronze medal in the Girls event. The winner was Munkhzul Turmunkh of Mongolia. Aakanksha had earlier won the Bronze medal in the Rapid event also.

 

The Asian Junior Open and Girls Championship came to an end with a glittering function graced by the Deputy Speaker of Mongolian Parliament along with various office bearers of the Mongolian Chess Federation.

The entire Indian contingent was put up in a Hotel in the heart of Ulaanbaatar city and the players could commute easily to the venue, as the organisers had made good transportation arrangements. The only issue was since some of the team members had to make some adjustments with regard to intake of vegetarian food.

There were 33 players in the Open Section and 35 in the Girls Section. Overall India bagged three medals in the Girls section: Sakshi Chitlange bagged the Silver Medal in the Standard format. Aakanksha Hagawne bagged the Bronze Medal both in the Rapid and Blitz formats.

The Open event was won by FM Priasmoro Novendra of Indonesia with 8 points in 9 games followed by IM Yakkuboev Nodirbek of Uzbekistan with 7 points. The lone Indian player in the fray N.Krishna Teja could garner 4.5 points in 9 rounds.

The packed audience during the closing ceremony were treated with several traditional Mongolian songs and some spectacular gymnastics in the decked up stage. The deputy Speaker of Mongolia thanked all the foreign dignitaries, teams etc while all the key officer bearers of the Mongolian Chess Federation were present on the stage.

The Mongolian Chess Federation also interviewed many of the foreign delegates about the event which was screened on local TV channels and they were optimistic that they will be able to conduct more such tournaments of international stature.

Summing it up, it was a nice experience and we thank the Indian Sports Ministry for all the help rendered to Chess in coordination with AICF.

Player overview for IND

IND

SNo Name RtgI FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts. Rk. K rtg+/- Group
4 IM Krishna Teja N 2389 IND ½ 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4,5 17 10 -33,80 Open
2 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2292 IND 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 6,5 4 20 -14,80 Girls
5 WCM Isha Sharma 2145 IND 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 5,5 9 40 -44,00 Girls
6 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 2144 IND 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 7,5 2 40 64,00 Girls
7 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara 2036 IND 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 5,0 11 40 -88,40 Girls
8 WFM Meghna C H 1892 IND 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 5,5 7 20 18,60 Girls
12 Priyamvada Karamcheti 1850 IND 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 4,5 19 40 -20,80 Girls
6 IM Krishna Teja N 2123 IND 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 5,0 9 20 -19,20 Open Rapid
2 WCM Isha Sharma 1859 IND 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 4,5 19 20 -67,60 Girls Rapid
3 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 1826 IND 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 6,5 3 20 12,40 Girls Rapid
5 WFM Meghna C H 1805 IND 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 1 ½ 5,0 16 20 -61,20 Girls Rapid
6 Priyamvada Karamcheti 1762 IND 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 6,0 5 20 9,60 Girls Rapid
8 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara 1738 IND 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ 0 5,0 12 20 -15,20 Girls Rapid
10 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 1680 IND 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 5,0 11 20 -11,60 Girls Rapid
3 IM Krishna Teja N 2249 IND ½ 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4,5 16 20 -36,00 Open Blitz
2 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 2031 IND 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 6,5 3 20 -24,40 Girls Blitz
5 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 1787 IND ½ 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 6,5 4 20 28,60 Girls Blitz
6 WCM Isha Sharma 1785 IND 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 6,0 5 20 2,20 Girls Blitz
7 Priyamvada Karamcheti 1758 IND 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4,0 21 20 -60,20 Girls Blitz
10 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara 1731 IND 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 5,0 9 20 5,00 Girls Blitz
11 WFM Meghna C H 1717 IND 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 5,0 10 20 -5,40 Girls Blitz