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India wins 34 medals at 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/06/2024

India won ten medals - four individual and six team at 26th Asian Youth 2024 Blitz. Sarbartho Mani clinched Gold in Under-8 Open scoring 7.5/9. Advik Amit Agrawal scored an unbeaten 8/9 to secure Silver in Under-10 Open. Sriram Adarsh Uppala secured a Silver medal in Under-14 Open. He scored 7.5/9. The only Indian girl to win an individual medal in Blitz - Shreya G Hipparagi. She scored 6.5/9 to win Bronze. India had won nine medals in Rapid, 15 in Classical and now ten in Blitz. Kazakhstan won Best Federation as they secured ten individual medals in Classical. India won Silver by winning eight medals. Vietnam third with three medals. They beat Iran on tie-breaks as Vietnam scored more medals in Rapid and Blitz. All photos are by Shahid Ahmed unless specified otherwise

Two Gold, Five Silver and Three Bronze medals

Narayani Umesh Marathe is the only Indian to have won two individual Gold at 26th Asian Youth 2024. Sarbartho Mani won one Gold, three Silver and one Bronze. Pratitee Bordoloi won two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze. Siddhanth Poonja claimed one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal.

The 11 Indian medal winners with the Head of Delegations - Arvind Shastry

Top 3 federations (L to R): Silver - India, Gold - Kazakhstan and Bronze - Vietnam

Under-8 Open: Gold - Sarbartho Mani 7.5/9

The 20th seed, Sarbartho Mani (1546) had a relatively slow start 2.5/4. Then he won the next five games in-a-row to clinch the Gold scoring 7.5/9. Nurmuhammad Nematillakhonov (UZB, 1632) also scored the same points. However, the penultimate round victory worked in Sarbartho's favor and Nurmuhammad had to settle for second place. Shohjahon Sidikov (UZB, 1585) scored sole 7/9 to get the Bronze medal.

Various delegates and officials all over Asia and Sector Arbiter spectating Sarbartho's second round win over Almir Altair (KAZ)

Top 3 (L to R): Silver - Nurmuhammad Nematillakhonov (UZB) 7.5/9, Gold - Sarbartho Mani 7.5/9 and Bronze - Shohjahon Sidikov (UZB) 7/9 | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation
The Sheer Will to Win is the most Important Thing - Sarbartho vs Almir | Video: ChessBase India
7-year-old Sarbartho Mani clinches Gold and Silver at 26th Asian Youth Under-8 Open 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
ACMMani, SarbarthoIND15467,51465040,007
Nematillakhonov, NurmuhammadUZB16327,50464938,007
Sidikov, ShohjahonUZB158570505440,756


Team Silver: India 18.5/27

Uzbekistan won Gold 21/27. India secured Silver 18.5/27. Sarbartho Mani 7.5/9, Hriday Garg and Kavish Palaniappan K scored 5.5/9 each to contribute towards the team's Silver medal. Kazakhstan got Bronze 18/27.

ACMMani, SarbarthoIND15467,51465040,007
Hriday, GargIND16145,5045,548,526,504
ACMKavish, Palaniappan KIND15515,50434624,255


Under-10 Open: Silver - Advik Amit Agrawal 8/9

Tsogtbileg Anand (MGL) scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to clinch the Gold. Advik Amit Agrawal (1735) scored 8/9 and remained undefeated to secure the Silver medal. Alimzhan Zhauynbay (KAZ, 1911) got Bronze scoring 6.5/9.

Silver - Advik Amit Agrawal 8/9, receives his prizee from GM Darmen Sadvakasov, first Vice-President, Kazakhstan Chess Federation | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation
8-year-old Advik Amit Agrawal wins Silver at 26th Asian Youth Under-10 Open Blitz 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Anand, TsogtbilegMGL08,505155,551,508
Advik, Amit AgrawalIND17358048,55246,007
Zhauynbay, AlimzhanKAZ19116,50495335,005


Under-10 Girls Team Gold: India 20/27

India won Team Gold medal scoring 20/27. Bijesh Divi (1650) scored 7/9, Aaradhya Das (1712) and Kiyana Parihar (1554) contributed 6.5/9 each. Uzbekistan secured Silver 17.5/27 and China Bronze 17/27.

Divi, BijeshIND1650705054,540,507
Aaradhya, DasIND17126,5044,547,530,256
Kiyana, PariharIND15546,5036,53928,256


Under-12 Girls Team Bronze: India 17/27

Kazakhstan earned Team Gold scoring 20.5/27. Vietnam secured Silver 19/27. India got Bronze 17/27. Pratitee Bordoloi 6.5/9, Siddhi Rao 6/9 and Pavithra R V 4.5/9 comprised the team.

Pratitee, BordoloiIND16026,50464932,256
Siddhi, RaoIND160160475029,006
Pavithra, R VIND16144,504346,520,504


Under-14 Open: Silver - Sriram Adarsh Uppala 7.5/9

After losing the first round, CM Emir Sharshenbekov (KGZ, 2012) won his remaining eight games to clinch the Gold 8/9. Sriram Adarsh Uppala (1991) and FM Edgar Mamedov (KAZ, 2236) scored 7.5/9 each. Their third round battle ended in a draw. Sriram secured Silver due to better tie-break score. Edgar had to be content with Bronze.

Top 3 (L to R): Silver - Sriram Adarsh Uppala 7.5/9, Gold - CM Emir Sharshenbekov (KGZ) 8/9 and Bronze - FM Edgar Mamedov (KAZ) 7.5/9 | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
CMSharshenbekov, EmirKGZ201280454943,008
Sriram, Adarsh UppalaIND19917,50,549,552,540,757
FMMamedov, EdgarKAZ22367,50,5475140,257


Team Silver: India 18.5/27

Kazakhstan won Team Gold scoring 20/27. India earned Silver 18.5/27. Sriram Adarsh Uppala 7.5/9, Viresh Sharnarthi 6/9 and Raghav V 5/9 contributed towards the Silver. Uzbekistan got Bronze 17/27.

Sriram, Adarsh UppalaIND19917,50,549,552,540,757
Sharnarthi, VireshIND1913604953,531,506
Raghav, VIND17505034,536,516,005


Under-14 Girls: Bronze - Shreya G Hipparagi 6.5/9

WCM Uliana Dudkina (2092) scored 7.5/9 to clinch the Gold. In the final round, Shreya G Hipparagi (1666) missed an opportunity to win against the eventual Gold medalist - Uliana. Had she won that game, Shreya would have claimed the Gold. The game ended in a draw and she had to settle for Bronze instead. Muziyan Gao (CHN, 1809) scored 6.5/9 to secure Silver.

Top 3 (L to R): Silver - Muziyan Gao (CHN) 7/9, Gold - WCM Uliana Dudkina 7.5/9 and Bronze - Shreya G Hipparagi 6.5/9 | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation
Shreya G Hipparagi claims Bronze at 26th Asian Youth Under-14 Girls Blitz 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
WCMDudkina, UlianaFID20927,504649,539,257
Gao, MuziyanCHN18097047,55139,507
Shreya, G HipparagiIND16666,50495335,756


Under-16 Open Team Bronze: India 15/27

Kazakhstan won Team Gold 20.5/27, Vietnam Silver 17/27 and India Bronze 15/27. Samyak Dharewa 5.5/9, Daksh Goyal 5/9 and Pranay Akula 4.5/9 contributed to the team Bronze.

Samyak, DharewaIND17315,50374124,755
Daksh, GoyalIND2044503941,518,005
Pranay, AkulaIND18564,50404217,754


Under-18 Open Team Silver - India 18/27

Kazakhstan won Team Gold 19/27. India earned Silver 18/27. IM Harsh Suresh 6.5/9, FM Ritvik Krishnan 6/9 and FM Gaurang Bagwe 5.5/9 contributed to the team Silver. Chinese Taipei got Bronze 12.5/27.

IMHarsh, SureshIND20956,5042,54632,256
FMKrishnan, RitvikIND2243603942,527,255
FMBagwe, GaurangIND19165,504144,523,505


The World Junior Champions of Kazakhstan - GM Kazybek Nogerbek (2024) and GM Darmen Sadvakasov (1998) made the ceremonial first move of the Blitz event

FT Hisham Al Taher (UAE), General Secretary, Asian Chess Federation made the ceremonial first move

GM Kazybek Nogerbek was awarded 30 Million Tenge for winning FIDE World Junior Under-20 Open 2024. Timur Turlov, President, Kazakhstan Chess Federation announced it | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation

GM Kazybek Nogerbek was also awarded an electric car | Photo: Kazakhstan Chess Federation

For more Blitz and Closing ceremony - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 photos, please click on the respective links.

Video Gallery

When I came back, I gave trophy & medal to my parents - Kazybek Nogerbek, World Under-20 Champ + Surprise | Video: ChessBase India
Kazybek Nogerbek's triumph at World Junior 2024 is historical - WGM Gulmira Dauletova | Video: ChessBase India
The man who went to Shymbulak with Magnus Carlsen - Yernur Sovetkali | Video: ChessBase India

Lots of interesting game videos will be published soon. Stay tuned.

Replay live stream

Replay 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024 Blitz Round 1-9 Live Commentary | Video: Kazakhstan Chess Federation
Replay 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024 - Closing ceremony | Video: Kazakhstan Chess Federation


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