Mongolia and Kazakhstan dominate World Amateur Championships on Malta

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11/7/2022 – At the end of October the FIDE and the Malta Chess Federation organised the World Amateur Chess Championships, in which about 200 male and female players took part. The titles all went to Mongolia or Kazakhstan. | Photo: Andreas Kontokanis

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The Mediterranean island of Malta hosted the official FIDE World Amateur Championships 2022. The tournament was held from 20 to 30 October and played with several rating groups: U-2300 Elo, U-2000 Elo and U-1700 Elo. The top-ranked women in the U-2300 and U-2000 categories won the Women's World Championships. A separate women's tournament was offered for women players below Elo 1700.

The event attracted a total of 197 players from 51 federations, including 27 title holders. The prize fund was increased from 10,000 euros last year to 15,000 euros.

All Championships were nine round Swiss tournaments. Abilmansur Abdilkhair from Kazakhstan won the U-2300 tournament with 7,5/9, ahead of Zhuban Bigabylov who also comes from Kazakhstan. Top seed Juan David Becerra finished third. The best women player was Meri Grigoryan from England.

The U-2300 winners

The title in the U-2000 category went to Naranbold Sodbilegt from Mongolia, who dominated the tournament from beginning to end and won with 9.0/9. Top seed Matias Hurtado Bahamonde from Chile shared second place with Aasef Alashtar from France.

The U-2000 winners

Tuguldur Soninbayar from Mongolia won the U-1700 group with 7,5/9. He had the same number of points but the better tiebreak than Aleksandr Martynov from Russia who played under the flag of FIDE and also finished with 7.5/9.

Mongolia also won the U-1700 Women's Tournament. Margadgua Erdenebayar won the tournament, in which only 12 players started, with 8.5/9.

U-2300

Final standings

1 3 FM Abdilkhair Abilmansur KAZ 2257 7,5 0 43 46,5 5 7
2 42   Bigabylov Zhuban KAZ 1881 7 0 43 46,5 4 6
3 1 FM Becerra Juan David COL 2296 6,5 0 42 45 5 6
4 16   Hurtado Bahamonde Rodrigo CHI 2111 6,5 0 41 44,5 4 6
5 29 FM Singh Arvinder Preet IND 2022 6 0 44,5 48,5 4 4
6 8 FM Ciganovic Nikola CRO 2215 6 0 38,5 41,5 4 5
7 12 FM Matras Ondrej CZE 2146 6 0 35,5 39 4 4
8 10 CM Popiol Michal POL 2177 5,5 0 44,5 48,5 4 4
9 2 FM Bouget Alexandre FRA 2277 5,5 0 44 47 4 4
10 6 CM Bendayan Claros Aaron ESP 2243 5,5 0 42,5 46 4 5

46 players

Games

 


U-2000

Final standings

1 46 CM Sodbilegt Naranbold MGL 1790 9 0 47 49,5 4 9
2 1   Hurtado Bahamonde Matias CHI 1990 7 0 41 43,5 5 6
3 7   Alashtar Aasef FRA 1969 7 0 40,5 44,5 5 6
4 34   Peter Anand A IND 1872 6,5 0 51,5 53,5 5 6
5 43   Ainakul Mukhtar KAZ 1806 6,5 0 47 51 5 6
6 10   Cuesta Cifuentes Jair Alfonso COL 1962 6,5 0 47 50,5 5 5
7 17   Stoychev Ognian BUL 1949 6,5 0 46,5 49 5 6
8 15   Navarro Rico Lluis ESP 1953 6,5 0 40 43,5 5 6
9 21   Baliuniene Margarita LTU 1927 6 0 44 46,5 5 5
10 5   Klein Raimund GER 1978 6 0 38,5 42,5 5 5

75 players

Games

 

 

U-1700

Final standings

Rk. Name Pts.  Tb1 
1 Tuguldur Soninbayar 7,5 0
2 Martynov Aleksandr 7,5 0
3 Farhaan M 7 1
4 Otgonbayar Bat-Erdene 7 1
5 Kao Jamison Edrich 7 1
6 Sushrutha Reddy 6,5 0
7 Wong Finsen 6,5 0
8 Pathak Anshu Kr 6 0
9 Ortega Herrera Paris Francisco 6 0
10 Fleri Luke 6 0

64 players

Games

 

 

U-1700 Women

Final standings

1 1 Margadgua Erdenebayar MGL 1667 8,5 0 42,5 44,5 4 8
2 2 Alipbek Arailym KAZ 1630 7 0 41,5 42,5 4 7
3 4 Amulya Guruprasad IND 1537 6,5 0 40,5 40,5 5 6
4 6 Mouza Almaamari UAE 1362 5,5 0 42,5 42,5 4 5
5 3 Von Beckh Frieda GER 1615 5 1 37 37 4 5
6 9 Rani Puja IND 1156 5 0 40 40 5 4
7 5 Cuthbert Larissa ENG 1396 4,5 0 42,5 42,5 5 4
8 11 Brenska Sara POL 0 4,5 0 40 40 5 4
9 7 Aysha Nasser H Alshamsi UAE 1345 4,5 0 38 38 4 4
10 8 Jaramillo Amparo COL 1306 2 0 41 41 5 2
11 10 Thornton Hayley MLT 1145 1 0 39 39 4 1
12 12 Mahra Khalifa Al Neyadi UAE 0 0 0 37,5 38,5 5 0

Games

 

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