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Asian Amateur 2023: Kumaresh clinches Gold, Silver for Sham in U2000

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/09/2023

18-year-old Kumaresh A scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Gold at Asian Amateur Championship in Under-2000 Men category. He finished a full point ahead of the field. 19-year-old Sham R scored 7.5/9 to secure Silver. Anshu Kr. Pathak scored 6/9 to secure Bronze in the Under-1700 Men category. The total prize fund of the tournament was US$ 7500. The top three prizes in U2000 Men were $1200, $800 and $500 each. For U1700 Men, they were $800, $500 and $300. All prizes were accompanied by a trophy and medal each. Photos: UAE Chess Federation

U1700: Anshu Pathak claims Bronze

It has been a successful Asian Amateur Championship 2023 for the Indian players as India claimed a Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The Gold medal winner, Kumaresh A is a student of Hatsun Chess Academy in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu as mentioned by the revered IA R Anantharam in his report published earlier this month.

Gold in Under 2000 Men - Kumaresh A 8.5/9

Silver in U2000 Men - Sham R (right) 7.5/9

Bronze in U1700 Men - Anshu Kr. Pathak 6/9

Kumaresh - Sham, Round 4

Position after 23...b5?

Sham R's (1751) 23.b5? discover attack backfired as his opponent Kumaresh A (1703) played 24.cxb5! sacrificing his bishop to create a passed pawn. 24...Qxa7 25.bxc6 Rxe2 26.Nd4 Bxd4 27.Qxd4 White eventually went on to win the game. It took slightly longer as he did not play precisely.

Kumaresh A pondering over his plan

Kumaresh A scored an unbeaten 8.5/9, finished a full point ahead of the rest and gained 103.4 Elo rating points

All prize winners

Trophies and medals for the prize winners

The tournament hall

A total of 113 players in the Men from 26 countries and 40 players in the Women's section from 14 countries took part, in this seven-day nine round Swiss-league Asian Amateur tournament which was organized by UAE Chess Federation in Dubai, UAE from 28th August to 3rd September 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final Standings in Men

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
152Kumaresh, AIND17038,552,5550
245Sham, RIND17517,546,550,50
325Ravil, PernekhanKAZ1844748520
414Khazhatuly, AlikhanKAZ1895746,5500
56AGMCayaba, John VincentPHI1963746,5500
650Alhejab, MeshalKUW1711744,548,50
737Baisynov, IslambekKGZ1780739410
861German, SantiagoPHI16366,542460
922Kordya, AnasPLE18566,537,5410


Final standings in Women

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13WCMRouda Essa, AlserkalUAE1775846,5500
217Gamage, Desandhi DhihansaSRI149574851,50
31WFMAl Maamari, Wafia DarwishUAE18826,546,550,50
44Kiani, RahilIRI17696,54143,50
510Mansurova, MumtozbegimUZB1599647,5520
69Amulya, Guruprasad rIND1633646500
77Sachi, Jain rIND1690643,546,50
813Mariam, EssaUAE1570642,5440
915WCMTharushi, T H D NikleshaSRI1521641,5450
1027Ahoud, Eisa BashkardiUAE12255,53738,50



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