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Reza Mahdavi dominates 29th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Juniors U16 2023, Mayank Chakraborty second

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/09/2023

Second seeded FM Reza Mahdavi (IRI) scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 29th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Juniors Under-16 Rating Tournament 2023. Reza finished a half point ahead of the field. Top seed of the tournament, CM Mayank Chakraborty scored 8/9 to finish second. His sole loss was against the eventual champion, Reza in the penultimate round. Three players - CM Islombek Sindarov (UZB), Nihal Swarna and Feliks Tokhyan (ARM) scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. The top three prizes were US$ 1500 + trophy, $1000 and $700 each respectively. Syed Abdul Khader and Ananthnarayan were the only two other Indians to finish among top ten. They scored 7/9 each to be placed sixth and tenth each respectively. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy

Top two seeds interchange their places

Champion - FM Reza Mahdavi (IRI) 8.5/9

Runner-up - CM Mayank Chakraborty 8/9

Second Runner-up - CM Islombek Sindarov (UZB) 7.5/9

Top 3 (L to R): 1st FM Reza Mahdavi (IRI) 8.5/9, 3rd CM Islombek Sindarov (UZB) 7.5/9 and 2nd CM Mayank Chakraborty 8/9

Group photo of various prize winners of 29th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2023

A total of 256 players took part from 32 countries across the world in the Juniors Under-16 category. The tournament was organized by Abu Dhabi Chess Club & Mind Games from 16th to 22nd August 2023 at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The nine-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 70 minutes each.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
FMMahdavi, RezaU16IRI23028,505550
CMMayank, ChakrabortyU14IND2322805348
CMSindarov, IslombekU16UZB18337,5050,545,5
Swarna, NihalU14IND18887,5049,545
Tokhyan, FeliksU16ARM16347,5043,541
AIMSyed, Abdul KhaderU12IND1665705347,5
Obidjonov, OriyatU10UZB1580705247
Zhang, HaoxuanU10CHN1504705146
Atakhanov, UmarU14UZB14377049,544



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