Monday, 10 August,Suwon : India impressed with a rich haul of 17 medals to be declared overall winners in the Asian Youth Chess Championship that concluded here today.
Bagging 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze out of the available 36 medals, Indian juniors made their presence felt in the event organised by Korea Chess Federation.
Iran took four gold, two silver and one bronze for a tally of seven medals. Vietnam won four medals, one gold, two silver and one bronze, while strong contender China could win just two medals in one gold and one silver.
Uzbekistan picked up two medals, one gold and one bronze.
Mongolia took three medals, while Kazakhstan won a solitary bronze medal.
Players like Divya Deshmukh (Girls Under-10) of Nagpur, R Vaishali (Girls U-14) of Chennai have won both Asian and World Age Group competitions. Vaishali won by the widest of margins.
Champions Bharath Subramaniyam (Open U-8), Aakanksha (Girls U-16) and Krishna Teja (Open U-18) are a few names we are going to read more in the future.
Many Indians like Shahil Dey (Open U-8), Arjun Erigaisi (Open U-12), Chandreyee Hajra (Girls U-16) tasted moments in the lead but could not win Gold this time. India’s IA M.S.
Gopakumar of Delhi was the Chief Arbiter.