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India wins four medals at 26th Asian Youth Rapid 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/06/2024

India is off to a great start at 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024. In the Rapid event, the kids won four medals - three Gold and a Silver. Narayani Umesh Marathe scored an unbeaten 6/7 to clinch Gold in Under-8 Girls. Pooja Shree R made 6/7 to win Gold in Under-10 Girls. Pratitee Bordoloi scored 6.5/7, remained undefeated and claimed the Gold medal convincingly. Siddhanth Poonja scored 6/7 to secure the Silver medal in Under-12 Open. Narayani and Pratitee became clear champions. Both of them remained invincible. They all have chances to win more medals. Nine rounds of Classical event is next. Classical Round 1 starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. local time, 11:30 a.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Three Golds and a Silver

FIDE World Cup 2009 winner and former World Championship Challenger, the one and only, the legend - GM Boris Gelfand made the ceremonial first move of Round 5.

The four medalists (L to R Clockwise): Narayani Umesh Marathe, Pooja Shree R, Siddhanth Poonja and Pratitee Bordoloi

Under-8 Girls Gold: Narayanee Umesh Marathe 6/7

Narayani Umesh Marathe (1517) defeated her coleader Asena Golizadeh (IRI, 1696) in the final round to clinch Gold. She scored an unbeaten 6/7 and finished a half point ahead of others.

Round 7: Asena Golizadeh (IRI) - Narayanani Umesh Marathe: 0-1

Under-8 Girls Gold - Narayani Umesh Marathe 6/7

Narayani Umesh Marathe scored an unbeaten 6/7, finished a half point ahead of the rest and gained 87.6 Elo rating points

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
19
Narayani, Umesh MaratheIND1517602931,527,35
216
Chen, QinranCHN14515,50,5272920,35
36
Nguyen, Vu Bao ChauVIE15805,50,52728,519,85

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Under-10 Girls Gold: Pooja Shree R 6/7

Pooja Shree R (1672) was the sole leader heading into the final round. She lost against Alisa Genrietta Yunker (1830). However, that did not affect her championship chances and she still managed to win the Gold due to better tie-break scores.

Round 6: Aaradhya Das - Pooja Shree R: 0-1

Under-10 Girls Gold: Pooja Shree R 6/7

Pooja Shree R scored 6/7, won Gold on tie-breaks and gained 73.6 Elo rating points

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
16
Pooja, Shree RIND1672602830,524,56
21
Yunker, Alisa GenriettaFID18306026,529,524,56
34
Peng, Jingyi(Gd)CHN1718602629,5256

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Under-12 Open Silver: Siddhanth Poonja 6/7

Siddhanth Poonja (1886) defeated Nguyen Le Nguyen (VIE, 1816) in the final round to secure the Silver medal. Suleyman Akhmet (KAZ, 2027) won the Gold scoring sole 6.5/7.

IM Harsh Suresh drew with the top seed of the category - IM Ansat Aldiyar (KAZ)

Under-12 Open Silver - Siddhanth Poonja 6/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13
Akhmet, SuleymanKAZ20276,502528266
213
Siddhanth, PoonjaIND18866023,526226
37
Le, Anh TuVIE19335,5027,530,5225

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Under-12 Girls Gold: Pratitee Borodoloi 6.5/7

Pratitee Bordoloi (1587) was the sole leader going into the final round. She defeated WCM Minh Chi Nguyen (VIE, 1893) to clinch the Gold and finish a half point ahead of the rest.

Round 7: WCM Minh Chi Nguyen (VIE) - Pratitee Bordoloi: 0-1

Under-12 Girls Gold - Pratitee Bordoloi 6.5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
125
Pratitee, BordoloiIND15876,5027,530,527,56
23
Abasova, AdelinaFID1859603134285
38
Zavivaeva, KristinaFID17605,502628205

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Photo Gallery

The legend - GM Boris Gelfand made the ceremonial first move of Round 5 on Under-16 Open top board in presence of Chief Arbiter - IA Husan Turdialiev (UZB) and WGM Gulmira Dauletova (KAZ), Executive Director, Kazakhstan Chess Federation

Accompanying persons spectating the games from the gallery

The tournament hall at Baluan Sholaq Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan

For more photos, please check out the album here.

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Replay 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024 Rapid Round 5-7 Live Commentary | Video: Kazakhstan Chess Federation

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