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Indian teams clinch Gold and Bronze at Asian Nations Cup Online Under-14

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/04/2021

India has a huge depth in talent and that is proved once again as India 'A' and India 'B' won Gold and Bronze medal respectively at Asian Nations Cup Online Under-14 in the Open section. India 'A' comprising of IM Bharath Subramaniyam H, CM Shahil Dey, IM Raahil Mullick, Souhardo Basak and CM Dev Shah scored 15.0/18 to win the Gold. India 'B' team scored 13.0/18 to secure the Bronze. The team consisted of CM Prraneeth Vuppala, Rohit S, Sreyas Payyappat, CM Tanmay Jain and Om Manish Kadam defeated India 'A' in the penultimate round. Photo: Various sources 

Gold for India 'A' and Bronze for India 'B'

The Indian contingent has won a gold and bronze each in Asian Nations Cup Online Under-14 Open category. India 'A' scored 15.0/18 and finished a full point ahead of the runner-up Iran Open A to win the Gold. India 'B' scored 13.0/18 to secure the Bronze medal. However they beat the gold medal winning 'A' team so that's a sweet win they have in their statistics.

The Gold medal winning Team India 'A'

India 'A'

13-year-old IM Bharath Subramaniyam H scored 8.0/9 and he performed truly as the spearhead of the team at the top board.

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H scored 8.0/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Bharath on his team winning gold and his performance: "It is always pleasure playing for my country and I feel happy that I could contribute to the team in some way." His best game from the tournament according to him is against Reza Mahdavi of Iran Open A in Round 5.

"I am not sure what is the next tournament for me. I try to keep getting better everyday. I hope when things become normal again I might go to some tournaments." - Bharat on what's next for him.

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Double IM-norm holder CM Shahil Dey scored 3.0/7. He scored two victories and made two draws. He is a Gold medalist in multiple events - Asian Youth 2019 Under-12 Rapid, National Under-7 and 9, National Schools Under-11 and Commonwealth Under-8 .

CM Shahil Dey is on his way to becoming an IM | Photo: Domi Dervieux

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IM Raahil Mullick scored 4.0/7. He became an IM in November 2019. He has won Gold medal in Commonwealth Under-10, Asian Schools Under-7 and several open tournaments.

IM Raahil Mullick adds another Gold medal to his list of accolades | Photo: Niki Riga

Raahil tweeted the following after winning the Gold.

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IM-elect Souhardo Basak has scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 for his team India 'A'. Souhardo shared, "It feels great to win the Gold medal being a part of the Indian team."

Souhardo is poised to become India's next IM | Photo: Amruta Mokal

His favorite games from the tournament are the third and ninth round game. He feels that there was a good fight in round 3 and the final round game had a good combination. Souhardo on what's next for him - "I will be looking to improve my chess skills".

Souhardo - Amgalantengis, Round 3

Position after 48..f3+

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IM-norm holder CM Dev Shah on winning Gold, "It feels great to win as our team dominated the tournament right from round one, and we maintained the lead throughout the tournament. Also our HOD, Mr. Praful Zaveri was very helpful and kept the team motivated." He has won Gold in World Schools Under-7, Asian Schools Under-7 Rapid, Asian Schools Under-5 Rapid and Blitz, National Schools Under-9, National Under-11 and has many podium finishes.

CM Dev Shah is well on his way towards the IM title | Photo: Rupali Mullick

"I played my best game against Kazakistan A team. I won quickly and played a good attacking game." - Dev on his favorite game from the tournament. Speaking about what's next for him, "I have got one IM-norm, my next goal is to get the remaining norms and complete my IM title as soon as possible". His favorite games are against Taha Mokhtari Moghadam of Iran Open A in Round 5 and Imangali Akhilbay of Kazakhstan in Round 6.

Akhilbay - Dev, Round 6

Position after 14.dxe4

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FT and FA Praful Zaveri is a well-known coach

Team India 'A' and 'B' performance

Bharath and Souhardo scored the majority of points but everyone contributed well to clinch the Gold

Prraneeth and Rohit scored the most of the points, others also played well to secure the Bronze

Final Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
11India - 'A'97111525,50545,3
22IRAN Open A96211425,50504,5
35India - 'B'95311322,50465,5
410Malaysia Avengers95221222,50395,0
58Mongolia - Team 195221222,00457,3
67IRAN Open B94321121,00425,5
815Malaysia Challengers95131121,00350,3
921Mongolia - Team 294321120,51372,8
106Kazakhstan - Team 295131120,51365,5


The Indian girls team missed a medal as India 'B' team scored 11.0/15 to finish fifth while India 'A' finished with 9.0/18 to be placed 12th in the final standings.

Final Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
12Mongolia - Team 198101727,50567,3
26IRAN Girls A97111525,00484,0
317Mongolia - Team 295221223,00408,5
413Sri Lanka - 'A'95221221,00432,3
510India - 'B'95131120,52386,5
64IRAN Girls B95131120,50410,5
716Hong Kong95131119,50313,5
107New Zealand94231019,00266,3
1111Malaysia Avengers9414920,00337,3
125India - 'A'9414919,50394,0
148Kazakhstan Girls - 29414917,50336,0
1520United Arab Emirates9414917,00191,0