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India wins 22 medals at Western Asian Youth Chess Championships 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/07/2023

India has won a total of 22 medals including 7 Gold, 8 Silver and 7 Bronze medals at Western Asian Youth Chess Championships 2023. Vedika Pal and Aadya Ranganath won 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals each in Under-10 Girls. Tejaswini Ganesan also won three Gold and two Bronze medals in Under-16 Girls. Vedika and Tejaswini won Gold in U-10 and U-16 Girls Classical. The only other individual Gold medal winner is Aadya Ranganath in Under-10 Girls Rapid. Shivika Rohilla also won five medals in Under-16 Girls - two team Gold in Classical and Blitz, individual Silver in Classical and Blitz and a team Bronze in Rapid. CM Mayank Chakraborty is the sole Indian to win medal in Open section. He won Silver in Under-14 Blitz and Bronze in Under-18 Rapid. Photo: Kyrgyz Chess Union

Vedika, Aadya Ranganath, Tejaswini and Shivika win five medals each

India has won a total of 22 medals. It is certainly an excellent performance, considering there were no Indian participants in few age groups. The top three federations in Classical event were determined by the total number of individual medals  earned in this format. Uzbekistan 10 (Gold 5, Silver 2, Bronze 3), Kazakhstan 11 (Gold 4, Silver 3, Bronze 4) and India 6 (Gold 2, Silver 2, Bronze 2).

Indian medal winners and players

Top three federations in Classical: 2nd Kazakhstan, 1st Uzbekistan and 3rd India

Mr. Pal, Vedika Pal's father with the trophy and Bronze medal for India securing third place in the Classical event

Classical: Under-10 Girls - Gold, Silver, Bronze and Team Gold

The top seed of the Under-10 Girls section, Asian Schools 2022 Gold and double Silver medalist, Vedika Pal (1456) scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win the Gold. She finished a full point ahead of the field. Aadya Ranganath (1214) secured Silver scoring 7.5/9 and Aadya Gowda (1118) won the Bronze with a 6.5/9 score. They also won a team Gold medal for scoring a combined total 22.5/27.

Gold in Under-10 Girls Classical - Vedika Pal 8.5/9

Silver in Under-10 Girls Classical - Aadya Ranganath 7.5/9

Bronze in Under-10 Girls Classical - Aadya Gowda 6.5/9

Top 3 in Under-10 Girls and Team Gold Classical - 2nd Aadya Ranganath 7.5/9, 1st Vedika Pal 8.5/9 and 3rd Aadya Gowda 6.5/9

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Pal, VedikaG10wIND14568,50842,538,543,7516434054,8
Aadya, RanganathG10wIND12147,507444036,25151240130,8
Aadya, GowdaG10wIND11186,50643,539,530,25136840101,6


Under-12 Girls - Bronze

The reigning National Under-11 Girls 2022 champion, Prishita Gupta (1690) scored 6/9 to secure a Bronze medal.

Bronze in Under-12 Girls Classical - Prishita Gupta 6/9

Top 3 in Under-12 Girls Classical: 2nd Devindya Oshini Gunawardhana (SRI) 8/9, 1st Polina A Smirnova 8.5/9 and 3rd Prishita Gupta 6/9

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Smirnova, Polina AG12wFID1486FIDE8,50843,53943,50183040114,4
Gunawardhana, Devindya OshiniG12wSRI1543Shri Lanka80744,54040,7517074059,6
Prishita, GuptaG12wIND1599India60546,54229,75150340-36


Under-16 Girls - Gold and Silver

The reigning National Sub-Junior Under-11 Girls 2022 champion, Tejaswini Ganesan (1819) scored 7.5/9 to clinch the Gold. She finished a whopping 1.5 points ahead of the competition. Four players scored 6/9 each. Out of them, WFM Shivika Rohilla (2122) was placed second according to tie-breaks and she won a Silver medal. Tejaswini, Shivika and Amulya Guruprasad also won a team Gold for scoring a combined total 17.5/27.

Gold in Under-16 Girls Classical - Tejaswini Ganesan 7.5/9

Silver in Under-16 Girls Classical - WFM Shivika Rohilla 6/9

Top 3 in Under-16 Girls Classical: 2nd WFM Shivika Rohilla 6/9, 1st Tejaswini Ganesan 7.5/9 and 3rd Barchinoy Shokirjonova (UZB) 6/9

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Tejaswini, GanesanG16wIND18197,50743,539,538,7520114086,4
WFMShivika, RohillaG16wIND212262544,540,528,00185640-77,2
Shokirjonova, BarchinoyG16wUZB184061,55454127,5018264011,2


Rapid: Under-10 Girls - Gold and Silver

Aadya Ranganath (1283) scored 5.5/7 to clinch the Gold. She finished a half point of the field. Vedika Pal (1331) scored 5/7 to secure a Silver medal. Aadya Ranganath, Vedika Pal and Aadya Gowda also won a Team Gold for a total score 13.5/21.

Gold in Under-10 Girls Rapid - Aadya Ranganath 5.5/7

Silver in Under-10 Girls Rapid - Vedika Pal 5/7

Team Gold in Under-10 Girls Rapid (L to R) 13.5/21 - Vedika Pal 5/7, Aadya Ranganath 5.5/7 and Aadya Gowda 3/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Aadya, RanganathwIND1283India5,50526,522,523,5014794068
Pal, VedikawIND1331India50526,52319,0013874022,4
Zhumambayeva, AliyawKAZ1341Kazakhstan50425,52318,00137840-0,4


Under-16 Girls - Team Bronze

Tejaswini Ganesan (1680) 5/7 and Amulya Guruprasad (1437) 4/7 won a team Bronze medal for scoring 9/14.

Final standings

Tejaswini, GanesanG16wIND1680India50,5427,52420,7516954012,8
Amulya, GuruprasadG16wIND1437India404282514,5016074056


Under-18 Open - Bronze

The reigning two-time National Under-17 Open champion, CM Mayank Chakraborty (2103) and Aziz Degenbaev (KGZ, 2073) scored 5/7 each. Mayank was placed third according to tie-breaks. Thus, he secured a Bronze medal.

Bronze in Under-18 Open Rapid - CM Mayank Chakraborty 5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
FMRakhmatullaev, AlmasUZB2227Uzbekistan60525,52223,5021994018,8
NMDegenbaev, AzizKGZ2073ДШЦ им. Б.Тиленбаевой50,5425,52319,0021224028,8
CMMayank, ChakrabortyIND2103India50,542522,516,752063409,2


Under-18 Girls - Bronze

The defending Western Asia Under-18 Girls Rapid 2022 Gold medalist, WFM Bhagyashree Patil (1783) scored 5/9 to secure a Bronze medal. She edged past the top seed Ozoda Shakhzodova (UZB, 1363) on tie-breaks as she defeated her in the third round.

Bronze in Under-18 Girls Rapid - WFM Bhagyashree Patil 5/9

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
WFMBobomurodova, MaftunaG18wUZB1821Uzbekistan6053028,521,25172040-22,8
Popandopulo, KristinaG18wKAZ1670Kazakhstan5,50530,52921,0016864011,6
WFMBhagyashree, PatilG18wIND1783India5143129,515,75162640-50,8


Blitz: Under-10 Girls - Team Silver

Vedika Pal (1259) 5/7, Aadya Ranganath (1244) 4.5/7 and Aadya Gowda (1118) 3.5/7 won team Silver medal for scoring a combined total 13/21.

Final standings

Pal, VedikaG10wIND1259India50524,521,518,5013304027,6
Aadya, RanganathG10wIND1244India4,50321,518,514,50116840-29,2
Aadya, GowdaG10wIND1118India3,503252211,751178408


Under-12 Girls - Silver

Prishita Gupta (1456) scored 5/7 to secure a Silver medal. Her win against Polina A Smirnova (1289) in the fifth round, worked in her favor in the tie-breaks.

Silver in Under-12 Girls Blitz - Prishita Gupta 5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Gunawardhana, Devindya OshiniG12wSRI1716Shri Lanka707272331,0020884020,8
Prishita, GuptaG12wIND1456India51527,52416,001464404,4
Smirnova, Polina AG12wFID1289FIDE50528,52519,0014734064


Under-14 Open - Silver

CM Mayank Chakraborty (2103) scored sole 6/7 to win the Silver. He finished a half point behind the Gold medal winner, Sheralijon Ravshanov (UZB, 1572).

Top 3 in Under-14 Open Blitz: 2nd CM Mayank Chakraborty 6/7, 1st Sheralijon Ravshanov (UZB) 6.5/7 and 3rd Inayat Bolat (KAZ) 5.5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 RpKrtg+/-
Ravshanov, SheralijonU14UZB1572Uzbekistan6,50628217840154,4
CMMayank, ChakrabortyIND210360627193040-19,2
Bolat, InayatU14KAZ1849Kazakhstan5,5052719254035,6


Under-16 Girls  - Silver and Bronze

WFM Shivika Rohilla (2027) and Tejaswini Ganesan (1606) scored 5/7 each. They were placed second and third according to tie-breaks. Thus they won Silver and Bronze medal each respectively. Shivika, Tejaswini and Amulya Guruprasad (1678) also won a team Gold for scoring a combined total 14.5/21.

Top 3 in Under-16 Girls Blitz: 3rd Tejaswini Ganesan 5/7, 1st Ayaulym Kaldarova (KAZ) 5.5/7 and 3rd WFM Shivika Rohilla 5/7

Team Gold 14.5/21 in Under-16 Girls Blitz - Aulya Guruprasad 4.5/7, Tejaswini Ganesan 5/7 and WFM Shivika Rohilla 5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Kaldarova, AyaulymG16wKAZ1753Kazakhstan5,50526,523,519,2518594032,4
WFMShivika, RohillaG16wIND2027India505232117,00165640-62,4
Tejaswini, GanesanG16wIND1606India504232115,5016524026


Under-18 Girls - Silver

WFM Bhagyashree Patil (1954) scored 5/7 to secure a Silver medal. She finished a half point behind the Gold medal winner, Ozoda Shakhzodova (UZB, 1363) 5.5/7.

Top 3 in Under-18 Girls Blitz - 3rd WFM Maftuna Bobomurodova (UZB) 4.5/7, 1st Ozoda Shakhzodova (UZB) 5.5/7 and 2nd WFM Bhagyashree Patil 5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
Shakhzodova, OzodaG18wUZB1363Uzbekistan5,505252220,75184740153,6
WFMBhagyashree, PatilG18wIND1954India5052622,518,50169540-51,2
WFMBobomurodova, MaftunaG18wUZB1860Uzbekistan4,50426,523,517,50165840-47,6


Indian participants and medal winners with their parents and accompanying persons

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