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IM Nguyen Anh Khoi and WFM Serikbay Assel win Asian Junior 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/07/2019

16-year-old IM Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam won Asian Junior 2019 in open category with an emphatic 8.0/9, finishing a full point ahead of the runner-up IM Raghunandan K S of India. Anh Khoi also won Gold in Rapid format. Among the girls, WFM Serikbay Assel, despite suffering two consecutive losses in round 5 and 6, bounced back strong and finished at 7.0/9 to clinch the Gold., edging out WIM Vantika Agrawal on tie-break as she also finished with the same score. Vantika also won Silver in the Rapid format. IM Novendra Priasmoro, FM Sagita Catur Adi and WFM Sharfina Juwita Ardelia are the Silver in open Rapid, Bronze in open Standard and Bronze in girls Blitz medal winners respectively. Photo: Mulyadi R

Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Philippines share Gold, India wins maximum number of medals

IM Nguyen Anh Khoi and WFM Serikbay Assel are the Asian Junior 2019 Champions | Photo: Mulyadi R


Top 3 in open (L tor R): Bronze - FM Sagita Catur Adi (INA, 2240), Gold - IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (VIE, 2516) and Silver - IM Raghunandan K S (IND, 2441) | Photo: Mulyadi R

Vietnam's budding talent IM Nguyen Anh Khoi delivered a performance of 2671 and gained an ELO Rating of 13 points

Top seed of the tournament Anh Khoi started out the tournament strong with five consecutive wins which gave him a full point lead over the rest of the field. In the fifth round he defeated the eventual Silver medal winner IM Raghunandan K S in King's Indian Defence.


IM Raghunandan K S (IND, 2441) - IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (VIE, 2516), Standard Round 5

Raghu had a balanced position, until he made the mistake of playing 28.Ne4. Find out why it is a mistake

Anh Khoi's best game was against Morado Jeth Romy (PHI, 2219) in the penultimate round where he completely destroyed his opponent with a devastating attack.

Anh Khoi's annihilation in round 8 | Photo: Mulyadi R

In Slav Defence, Anh Khoi's opponent lagged in development as he moved his Queen six times in just 20 moves which eventually cost him dearly.

Black has just played 26...f6 which starts a chain of reaction. Can you find the best continuation for White here?

Final Standings in Standard open

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11IMNguyen Anh KhoiVIE25168,00,0739,0
24IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND24417,00,0636,0
312FMSagita Catur AdiINA22406,00,0637,5
48IMQuizon DanielPHI23366,00,0539,0
57IMMiciano John MarvinPHI23556,00,0538,0
62GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24806,00,0533,5
73Gholami Orimi MahdiIRI24445,50,0540,0
816Sevillano Rhenzi KylePHI21855,50,0531,0
914CMArfan Aditya BagusINA22025,50,0432,0
105IMRakesh Kumar JenaIND23955,50,0336,0

Complete standings

Top 3 in girls (L to R): Bronze - WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (IND, 2246), Gold - WFM Serikbay Assel (KAZ, 2071) and Silver - WIM Vantika Agrawal (IND, 2243) | Photo: Mulyadi R

Assel suffered two consecutive losses in round 5 and 6. However she bounced back strong and won her last three important games

WFM Serikbay Assel did not have an ideal tournament in the Standard format as she suffered two consecutive losses, one of them against the eventual Bronze medal winner WIM Aakanksha Hagawane. It did not deter her from her path to glory. She scripted a perfect comeback and won the Gold with a score of 7.0/9. She was tied with WIM Vantika Agrawal who also finished at 7.0/9. Since the Kazakh girl defeated Vantika in round 3, that helped her tie-break score.


WIM Vantika Agrawal (IND, 2243) - WFM Serikbay Assel (KAZ, 2071), Standard Round 3

Assel's 30...Kg6 has a lot of intent which Vantika missed. Can you find out Black's plan here?

In round 4, Assel found a cute tactic against Lakshmi C (IND, 1780).

Black just played 43...Qe6. Find out the finish for White

Final Standings in Standard girls

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19WFMSerikbay AsselKAZ20717,01,0737,5
22WIMVantika AgrawalIND22437,00,0639,5
31WIMAakanksha HagawaneIND22466,50,0440,0
414WFMAsgharzadeh MitraIRI19806,00,0535,0
517WFMMeghna C HIND19036,00,0533,0
64WIMChitlange SakshiIND21686,00,0441,0
711WIMKarenza DitaINA20466,00,0431,5
83WFMFisabilillah UmmiINA22265,51,0336,5
921WFMSharfina Juwita ArdeliaINA18685,50,0432,5
106WFMSinggih Diajeng TheresaINA21075,00,0534,5

Complete standings


IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (VIE, 2168) again showed dominance in the Rapid format as he registered six consecutive victories, making the final round almost inconsequential for securing his gold. Both IM Novendra Priasmoro (INA, 2263) and IM Raghunandan K S (IND, 2093) finished a full point behind at 5.0/7, however since Novendra beat Raghunandan in round 4, that propelled him to secure Silver medal.

The podium finishers in open (L to R): Bronze - IM Raghunandan K S (IND, 2093) 5.0/7, Gold - IM Nguyen Anh Khoi (VIE, 2168) 6.0/7 and Silver - IM Novendra Priasmoro (INA, 2263) | Photo: Mulyadi R

Final Standings in Rapid open

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14IMNguyen Anh KhoiVIE21686,50,0621,5
21IMPriasmoro NovendraINA22636,00,0620,5
38IMRaghunandan Kaumandur SrihariIND20935,50,0521,5
424David SaputraINA17605,00,0518,5
53FMHafiz Arif AbdulINA21785,00,0518,0
610IMQuizon DanielPHI20354,50,0421,5
713IMMiciano John MarvinPHI19804,50,0417,5
817Sevillano Rhenzi KylePHI19214,50,0417,5
96Tarigan Gilbert ElroyINA21274,50,0416,0
109FMNitish BelurkarIND20454,00,0421,0

Complete standings


WIM Mordido Kylen Joy (PHI, 1865) scored six straight wins and took a full point lead heading into the final round. A draw in the final round against the eventual Silver medal winner WIM Vantika Agrawal (IND, 1647) made her earn the Gold medal. Joy also defeated the eventual Bronze medalist WFM Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ, 1897) in round 5.

The podium finishers in girls (L to R): Bronze - WFM Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ, 1897) 5.5/7, Gold - WIM Mordido Kylen Joy (PHI, 1865) 6.5/7 and Silver - WIM Vantika Agrawal (IND, 1647) 5.5/7 | Photo: Mulyadi R

Final Standings in Rapid girls

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
18WIMMordido Kylen JoyPHI18656,50,0623,0
229WIMVantika AgrawalIND16475,50,0522,0
36WFMNurgali NazerkeKAZ18975,50,0521,5
419WFMSinggih Diajeng TheresaINA17805,00,0521,0
511WIMKarenza DitaINA18585,00,0520,0
63WFMLegowo Parahita MillyenaINA20125,00,0421,0
75Latifah LaysaINA19264,50,0419,5
822WFMElisabeth ChristineINA17664,50,0414,5
928WIMChitlange SakshiIND16684,00,0419,0
1020Nyimas Shieta Prima Citra MausINA17794,00,0416,5

Complete standings


IM Quizon Daniel (PHI, 2140) blazed through the competition as he scored a fiery 7.0/7 to win Gold. Top seed in the open section of Blitz untitled Gholami Orimi Mahdi (IRI, 2325) scored 5.5/7 to secure the Silver. FM Nitish Belurkar (IND, 2265) scored 5.0/7 to attain Bronze medal.

The medal winners in open (L to R): Silver - Gholami Orimi Mahdi (IRI, 2325) 5.5/7, Gold - IM Quizon Daniel (PHI, 2140) and Bronze - FM Nitish Belurkar (IND, 2265) | Photo: Mulyadi R

Final Standings in Blitz open

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19IMQuizon DanielPHI21407,00,0728,5
21Gholami Orimi MahdiIRI23255,50,0528,0
35FMNitish BelurkarIND22655,00,0529,5
43GMKarthik VenkataramanIND23194,50,0433,5
54IMNguyen Anh KhoiVIE22674,50,0430,5
611Morado Jeth RomyPHI20884,50,0429,5
718FMNguyen Dang Hong PhucVIE19074,50,0428,5
82IMPriasmoro NovendraINA23234,50,0428,0
929CMArfan Aditya BagusINA16624,50,0423,5
1019Amanzhol SultanKAZ18884,50,0421,5

Complete standings


In the girls section, WFM Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ, 2000) started out with a loss, then she scored six consecutive wins to win the Gold. However, WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (IND, 2023) also scored 6.0/7, due to a lesser tie-break score, Aakanksha had to settle for Silver medal. WFM Sharfina Juwita Ardelia (INA, 1803) scored 5.5/7 to secure Bronze medal.

The medal winners in girls (L to R): Bronze - WFM Sharfina Juwita Ardelia (INA, 1803) 5.5/7, Gold - WFM Nurgali Nazerke (KAZ, 2000) 6.0/7 and WIM Aakanksha Hagawane (IND, 2023) 6.0/7 | Photo: Mulyadi R

Final Standings in Blitz girls

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
15WFMNurgali NazerkeKAZ20006,00,0620,5
23WIMAakanksha HagawaneIND20236,00,0522,5
322WFMSharfina Juwita ArdeliaINA18035,50,0521,5
44WFMLegowo Parahita MillyenaINA20045,00,0520,0
528WIMVantika AgrawalIND17045,00,0518,5
621Derotas Vic GlysenPHI18055,00,0518,5
712WCMNguyen Hong NgocVIE18454,50,0422,5
818WFMAsgharzadeh MitraIRI18244,50,0417,0
96WFMSerikbay AsselKAZ19914,50,0416,5
1031WFMLakshmi CIND16314,00,0419,5

Complete standings

Medal Statistics:

Standard Rapid Bronze
Open Girls Open Girls Open Girls


The tournament was organized by Indonesia Chess Federation from 1st to 8th July 2019 at Solo, Indonesia. Total 34 players in open and 37 players in girls participated representing 9 different countries across the Asian continent.

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