An Indian player has won the first place in the Asian Junior Chess Championship | So Good News
TAGAYTAY CITY: A player from Chennai, India won the Asian Junior Chess Championship that concluded on Friday, November 25 at the Knights Templar Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay.
Needing just a tie for the title, International Masters (IM) Harshavardhan GB shared points with Mongolia’s IM Sugar Gan-Erdene in the ninth and final round of the Swiss system tournament.
Harshavardhan was unbeaten with five wins and four draws at 7.0 to bag the gold medal. By finishing first in the tournament, he also earned the first of three points needed to become a grandmaster.
“I am very happy to win this tough and prestigious chess tournament,” said Harshavardhan, who won the bronze medal at the 2021 Asian Junior Chess Championship in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, IM Michael Concio Jr. of the Philippines took the silver medal against Indian IM Saha Neelash in the final round.
Concio, the pride of Dasmariñas, also finished undefeated with 6.5 points with four wins and five draws.
Gan-Erdene, on the other hand, scored 6.0 points along with four other players, but won the bronze medal after a tie-break.
Also ranked fourth with 6.0 are India’s Chatterjee Utsab, Philippines’ Eric Labog Jr. in fifth, India’s IM Raahul VS in sixth and Fide Master Arman Hakemi of Iran in seventh.
Losing to Harshavardhan in the eighth round, Labog Elo broke the 2,200 barrier to win the international masters title and a consolation prize.
India’s IM Saha Neelash, Kazakhstan’s Fide Master Danial Sapenov and Philippine National Master Mark Jay Bacojo rounded out the top ten with 5.5 points each.
Among women in the girls’ section, the international master of Thailand, Ngoc Thuy Duong Bach (7.5 points), won the gold, the 3rd place went to the silver medalist Ravi Rakshitta from India (7.0 points) and the bronze medalist Amina Kairbekova from Kazakhstan (6.0 points). were. ).