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India wins five medals at Western Asian Junior Chess Championships 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/12/2023

India has won a total of five medals including two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze medals at Western Asian Junior Chess Championships 2023. Two former Asian Junior Open champions - IM Harshavardhan G B and IM Raahul V S shined brightly. Harshavardhan won Gold in Rapid Open scoring 5.5/7 and Silver in Classical Open 6.5/9. Raahul earned Gold in Blitz Open with a perfect score of 7/7. In the Girls event, Rindhiya V scored 6/9 to win Bronze in the Classical event. WFM Bhagyashree Patil received Bronze in Blitz scoring 5.5/7. Photos: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

Harshavardhan wins Gold and Silver, Raahul V S Gold; Bronze for Rindhiya and Bhagyashree among Girls

Asian Junior 2021 Open Gold medalist - IM Raahul V S and Asian Junior 2022 Open Gold medalist - IM Harshavardhan G B won two Gold and a Silver at Western Asian Junior 2023 Open in Classical, Rapid and Blitz formats.

IM Raahul V S and IM Harshavardhan G B won two Gold and one Silver among them

Classical: Open - Silver

IM Thilakarathne G M H (SRI, 2389), IM Harshavardhan G B (2390) and IM L M S T De Silva (SRI, 2394) scored 6.5/9. Thilakarathne beat both Harshavardhan and De Silva. Thus, he won the Gold. Harshavardhan and De Silva won Silver and Bronze respectively.

Gold in Classical Open - IM Thilakarathne G M H (SRI) 6.5/9

Silver in Classical Open - IM Harshavardhan G B 6.5/9

Bronze in Classical Open - IM L M S T De Silva (SRI) 6.5/9

Top 3 in Classical Open - 3rd IM L M S T De Silva (SRI) 6.5/9, 2nd IM Thilakarathne G M H (SRI) 6.5/9 and 2nd IM Harshavardhan G B 6.5/9

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
14
IMThilakarathne, G M HSRI23896,5240,545,55
23
IMHarshavardhan, G BIND23906,50,54246,55
32
IMDe Silva, L M S TSRI23946,50,540,544,55

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Classical: Girls - Bronze

Top seed of the event, WIM Zeinep Sultanbek (KAZ, 2008) scored an unbeaten 7/9 to clinch the Gold. She finished a half point ahead of the field. 10-year-old Devindya Oshini Gunawardhana (SRI, 1741) scored 6.5/9 to secure the Silver medal. Third seeded, Rindhiya V (1876) scored 6/9 and won the Bronze due to better tie-break score.

Gold in Classical Girls - WIM Zeinep Sultanbek (KAZ) 7/9

Silver in Classical Girls - Devindya Oshini Gunawaradhana (SRI) 6.5/9

Bronze in Classical Girls - Rindhiya V 6/9

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11
WIMSultanbek, ZeinepKAZ20087038,543
29
Gunawardhana, Devindya OshiniSRI17416,5039,543,5
33
Rindhiya, VIND18766041,546,5

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Rapid: Open - Gold

Four players - IM Harshavardhan G B (2319), Vepaly Halynyazow (TKM, 1910), IM L M S T De Silva (SRI, 2403) and Alisher Mazhkenov (KAZ, 1994) scored 5.5/7 each. They secured first, second, third and fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. Both Harshavardhan and Vepaly remained undefeated.

Gold in Rapid Open - IM Harshavardhan G B 5.5/7

Silver in Rapid Open - Vepaly Halynyazow (TKM) 5.5/7

Bronze in Rapid Open - IM L M S T De Silva (SRI) 5.5/7

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
12
IMHarshavardhan, G BIND23195,502427,54
29
Halynyazow, VepalyTKM19105,5024274
31
IMDe Silva, L M S TSRI24035,502123,55

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Blitz: Open - Gold

IM Raahul V S (2286) scored a perfect 7/7 to clinch the Gold. He completely decimated the field and finished a staggering 1.5 points ahead of the field. FM Manon Reja Neer (BAN) 5.5/7 and IM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage (SRI, 2198) scored 5.5/7 each. They secure Silver and Bronze according to tie-breaks.

Gold in Blitz Open - IM Raahul V S 7/7

Silver in Blitz Open - FM Manon Reja Neer 5.5/7

Bronze in Blitz Open - FM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage (SRI) 5.5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
13
IMRaahul, V SIND22867024,528,57
29
FMManon, Reja NeerBAN19025,50,526,530,55
36
FMLiyanage, Ranindu DilshanSRI21985,50,525295

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Girls - Bronze

WIM Zeinep Sultanbek (KAZ) scored an unbeaten 6.5/7 to clinch the Gold. She finished a half point ahead of the field and defeated both remaining medal winners. WFM Lala Shohradova (TKM) scored sole 6/7 to secure the Silver. WFM Bhagyashree Patil made sole 5.5/7 to win the Bronze medal.

Gold in Blitz Girls - WIM Zeinep Sultanbek (KAZ) 6.5/7

Silver in Blitz Girls - WFM Lala Shohradova (TKM) 6/7

Bronze in Blitz Girls - WFM Bhagyashree Patil 5.5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
11
WIMSultanbek, ZeinepKAZ20256,502629,56
22
WFMShohradova, LalaTKM19836026306
33
WFMBhagyashree, PatilIND19785,5024,528,55

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