Asian Youth Championships – a clean sweep by India

8/19/2009 – 240 players participated, from 14 different countries. For one week the 2009 edition of the Asian Youth Championships witnessed the vibrant and energetic activities of children on and off the board, in New Delhi. The Indian contingent faced little resistance and grabbed gold medals in seven categories, mustering 23 out of 36 medals in total. Illustrated report with Bhangra dance instructions.

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Asian Youth Chess Championships – a clean sweep by India

By R. Anantharam, Chief Arbiter – with photos by Reza Mahdipour

The congregation of about 240 children from various countries and more than equal number of parents and coaches is not a common phenomenon in the field of chess. The 2009 edition of the Asian Youth Chess Championships witnessed the vibrant and energetic activities of such children on and off the board for a period of about one week in the first week of August in New Delhi, the capital of India. Delhi Chess Association organized the tournament in style mixing the chess game judiciously with traditional bangra dances and enchanting magic show for the children.


Bhaṅgṛā is a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan


You can watch a 3½ minute video of Bhaṅgṛā here. If you want to lean how to do
the Panjabi dance yourself here's a video tutorial with a course in seven days


The opening ceremony held quite appropriately in the open


Female dancers balance steel water jugs on their heads


A lot of filming and photography by the visitors


A young pariticipant in national costume


The Iranian Boys U champions strikes an Indian pose


Zhansaya Abdulmalik of Kazakhstan, the World and Asian G-U8
Champion, played in the Boys U10 category! She came fifth.


A prominent visitor: 2007 Indian Women's Champion IM Tania Sachdev (middle),
who has herself won the World and Asian junior titles and is currently rated 2410


For some of the participants the opening festivities were just too much

The strongest contingent in this continental championship, India, did not face much resistance in many categories and in the absence of China it grabbed gold medals in seven categories. It mustered 23 out of 36 medals in total, two more than what it bagged last year in Tehran, Iran.

Boys

Gold

Silver

Bronze

U8

IND

IND

IND

U10

IRI

IND

IRI

U12

IND

UZB

IND

U14

IND

UZB

IRI

U16

IND

VIE

IND

U18

UAE

IND

IND

 

Girls

Gold

Silver

Bronze

U8

IND

IND

IND

U10

VIE

IND

IND

U12

IND

IND

VIE

U14

IND

IRI

IND

U16

VIE

IND

UZB

U18

KAZ

IND

IND

The only GM of the tournament, Salem A.R. Saleh of UAE, won the prestigious under 18 title ahead of P. Shyam Nikil of India because of a better tiebreak score.

Guliskhan Nakhbayeva of Kazhakstan won the under 18 girls category convincingly, distancing the nearest rival Pon N Krithika of India by a full point. K. Priyadarshan of India annexed the under 16 title with 6.5 points from 9 rounds, followed by Nguyen Van Hai of Vietnam with 6 points. In the respective group for girls, Hoang Thi Nhu Y of Vietnam secured the gold for her country.


The swimming pool, a favourite place to be after the games are over


Iranian boys enjoying themselves in the water

Two Indians Shiven Khosla and J. Saranya dis their country proud by winning the gold medals in the under 14 group for boys and girls respectively. Diptayan Ghosh, the champion in under 10 boys last year added one more gold to his collection by winning the under 12 category this year. Srija Seshadri and GK Monnisha tied for the first place in all their Buchholz scores from Cut 1 to Cut 8 and also in the median score prompting the organizers to award two gold medals and no silver in the girls’ section.


What a way to wind down after a long and stressful game


Here's someone else who knows how to relax at the pool

While Shahin Lorparizangeneh of Iran brought cheers to the Iran team by picking up the lone gold for their country in the under 10 category, Thao Pham Thanh Phuong of Vietnam contributed one more gold medal, making her country as the second best in the individual medal tally. India made a clean sweep in the under 8 category by winning all the six medals at stake. Kushi Dharewa and Mitrabha Guha spearheaded the medal list with gold medals in the girls and boys’ sections respectively.

Medalists

U8 Boys

1

Mitrabha Guha

IND

2

Aryan Chopra

IND

3

Prameya Garge

IND

U10 Boys

1

Lorparizangeneh Shahin

IRI

2

Harshal Shahi

IND

3

Omidi Arya

IRI

U12 Boys

1

Ghosh Diptayan

IND

Artemenko Oleg

UZB

3

Das Sayantan

IND

U14 Boys

1

Shiven Khosla

IND

2

Vakhidov Jahongir

UZB

3

Idani Pouya

IRI

U16 Boys

1

Priyadharshan K

IND

2

Nguyen Van Hai

VIE

3

Ankit R  Rajpara

IND

U18 Boys

1

Salem A R  Saleh

UAE

2

Shyam Nikil P

IND

3

Debashis Das

IND

 

U8 Girls

1

Dharewa Khushi

IND

2

Arpita Mukherjee

IND

3

Tarini Goyal

IND

U10 Girls

1

Pham Thanh Phuong Thao

VIE

2

Ivana Maria Furtado

IND

3

Meghna C H

IND

U12 Girls

1

Srija Seshadri

IND

Monnisha Gk

IND

3

Dao Thi Lan Anh

VIE

U14 Girls

1

Saranya J

IND

2

Khademalsharieh Sarasadat

IRI

3

Priyanka Kumari

IND

U16 Girls

1

Hoang Thi Nhu Y

VIE

2

Pujari Rucha

IND

3

Qurbonboeva Sarvinoz

UZB

U18 Girls

1

Nakhbayeva Guliskhan

KAZ

2

Pon Nkrithika

IND

3

Bhakti Kulkarni

IND

Some information of Asian Youth Chess Championship

  • 14 countries participated: IND, IRI, VIE, UZB, KAZ, KGZ, MGL, MAS, INA, UAE, TRK, AFG, SRI, and BHU (Bhutan), with a totla of 240 player in the Championships
  • Players had to be present at the boards 45 minutes after the start (no zero minutes zero tolerance rule)
  • No draw agreement were allowed before 30 moves
  • Boys U18 and U16 gold medalists achieved IM norms and got FM titles
  • Girls U18 and U16 gold medalists achieved WIM norms and got WFM titles
  • All silver and bronze medalists achieved CM/WCM title, or if they tied for the first place, got FM/WFM norms

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