India shines at the Western Asia Junior Championship 2018
The Western Asia Junior Chess Championship was held from 16th November till 22nd November 2018 in the International Hotel Tashkent, Uzbekistan. There were 7 age categories for open and girls and more than 300 players from 11 western Asian countries took part in this grand event which had all the three format of the game. Our Indian players excelled in different categories and brought home 5 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals from classical, rapid and blitz championship. In this report we bring you a pictorial report of the event with all the medal winners from India. It also includes annotated games by IM Nubairshah Shaikh who won a gold in the under-20 blitz.
This year the Western Asia Junior Chess Championship was held in Uzbekistan from 16th November till 22nd November 2018. 11 West Asian countries took part in the event namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, UAE, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. The venue for the event was the beautiful International Hotel Tashkent, located in a business area of Tashkent which is close to a bazaar and a market. The spectacular hotel represents historic architecture in Tashkent.
As many as 14 medals were won by the Indian players in all the three format of the championship. U-8 player Jaivardhan Raj and U-18 player WFM Dhyana Patel contributed 6 medals to the tally by winning in every format.
The only Gold medal in the classical format was won by former Sub-junior national champion Harshita Guddanti who score 7.0/9 points in the U-20 girls. She started as the eight seed and went on to add a whopping 148 Elo rating!
After the tournament ended, Nubairshah Shaikh came back home and had to prepare for his upcoming examinations. But he spent precious time from his schedule and sent us some really high quality materials of his games from the tournament. Nubair has analyzed his games and there are some excellent positions and comments from which you can learn.
Below is a beautiful annotated game by IM Nubairshah against Abdisalimov Abdimalik:
Raghav Srivastav - Nubairshah Shaikh
Here's a typical blitz game with many hidden traps and interesting tactical ideas:
We thank Nubair for his excellent contribution to this article and hope that he aces his examination!