Asian Junior 2017: Iran sweeps Open, and India the Girls

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5/22/2017 – When it comes to Iran, normally Shiraz comes to our mind. Shiraz is one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia and most likely more than 4,000 years old. In order to help foreigners familiarize themselves with this beautiful cultural city, the Iranian Chess Federation decided to organize the Asian Junior Chess Championship in Shiraz. Here is the illustrated report.

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by IA Shohreh Bayat and Sahar Noori

 This event took place from May 1-11, 2017 with the participation of 75 Players from eight countries namely: India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Syria, Tajikistan and Vietnam that competed in the Open and Girls sections.

Eram Garden located in Shiraz

Iranian girls in traditional dress

Standard Open section medalists

The tournament was held in Standard, Rapid and Blitz formats. IM Masoud Mosadeghpour, who is also the former world U18 champion and was the winner of the 2015 Asian Junior, finished strongly in the standard Open section with 8.0/9. IM Alireza Firouzja, the no. 2 player in the current FIDE rating list, was the runner-up and Arash Tahbaz, the Asian U18 champion, came in third place. Interestingly, all the medalists of this section were from Iran whereas in the standard girls section the Indian players enjoyed a clean sweep of the medals.

Mosadeghpour Masoud vs Taalaibekov Tagir



Alireza Firouzja vs Aryan Gholami


WIM Ivana Maria Furtado from India, who won the bronze medal in the previous Asian Girls Championship, was the undefeated tournament champion this time. Second and third places belonged to, respectively, Meghna C H and WFM Bidhar Rutumbara from India.

During the event, the organizer provided an excursion program to the ancient places of Shiraz such as the Tomb of Iranian Poet Hafez, Karim Khan Castle and Pars Museum. (click image for high-res)

In the open section of the Rapid championship, IM Tran Tuan Minh from Vietnam won the gold medal, while IM Mosadeghpour Masoud and IM Khodashenas Mersad from Iran respectively won silver and bronze. IM Tran Tuan Minh was also gold in the blitz.

WCM Isha Sharma from India was champion of the Girls Rapid section

WFM Mobina Alinasab from Iran was champion of the Blitz Girls event

Mutriba Hotami from Tajikestan, second runner-up in the Blitz Girls championship

Photos by Borna news agency

Final standings Open under-20

Rk SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts
1 3 IM Mosadeghpour Masoud IRI 2444 8,0
2 2 IM Firouzja Alireza IRI 2487 7,0
3 9   Tahbaz Arash IRI 2409 7,0
4 5 IM Gholami Aryan IRI 2423 6,5
5 16   Daghli Arash IRI 2198 6,5
6 1 IM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 2537 6,5
7 7 IM Khodashenas Mersad IRI 2410 6,5
8 4 IM Mousavi Seyed Khalil IRI 2435 5,5
9 28   Baneshi Mahan IRI 1971 5,5

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Final standings Girls under-20

Rk SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts
1 2 WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2132 7,0
2 8   Meghna C H IND 1915 6,5
3 6 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara IND 1964 6,0
4 7   Alijanzadeh Mohadeseh IRI 1942 6,0
5 4   Harshita Guddanti IND 2007 6,0
6 10   Mahdian Anousha IRI 1871 5,5
7 11   Hashemi Seyede Fatemeh IRI 1837 5,5
8 1 WFM Alinasab Mobina IRI 2226 5,5
9 13   Hotami Mutriba TJK 1781 5,0
10 15   Priyamvada Karamcheti IND 1728 5,0

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