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India wins nine medals at 26th Asian Youth Rapid 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/06/2024

India is off to a great start at 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024. In the Rapid event, the kids won four individual medals - three Gold and a Silver. Narayani Umesh Marathe scored an unbeaten 6/7 to clinch Gold in Under-8 Girls. Pooja Shree R made 6/7 to win Gold in Under-10 Girls. Pratitee Bordoloi scored 6.5/7, remained undefeated and claimed the Gold medal convincingly. Siddhanth Poonja scored 6/7 to secure the Silver medal in Under-12 Open. Narayani and Pratitee became clear champions. Both of them remained invincible. In total India has won nine medals - four individual and five team. They all have chances to win more medals. Nine rounds of Classical event is next. Classical Round 1 starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. local time, 11:30 a.m. IST. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Four Golds, two Silver and three Bronze

FIDE World Cup 2009 winner and former World Championship Challenger, the one and only, the legend - GM Boris Gelfand made the ceremonial first move of Round 5.

The four medalists (L to R Clockwise): Narayani Umesh Marathe, Pooja Shree R, Siddhanth Poonja and Pratitee Bordoloi

Under-8 Girls Gold: Narayanee Umesh Marathe 6/7

Narayani Umesh Marathe (1517) defeated her coleader Asena Golizadeh (IRI, 1696) in the final round to clinch Gold. She scored an unbeaten 6/7 and finished a half point ahead of others.

Round 7: Asena Golizadeh (IRI) - Narayanani Umesh Marathe: 0-1

Under-8 Girls Gold - Narayani Umesh Marathe 6/7
Narayani Umesh Marathe clinches double Gold at 26th Asian Youth Under-8 Girls 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Narayani Umesh Marathe scored an unbeaten 6/7, finished a half point ahead of the rest and gained 87.6 Elo rating points

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Narayani, Umesh MaratheIND1517602931,527,35
Chen, QinranCHN14515,50,5272920,35
Nguyen, Vu Bao ChauVIE15805,50,52728,519,85


Under-8 Open Team Bronze: India 14/21

Kazakhstan won Team Gold scoring 17/21. Both Uzbekistan and India scored 14/21 each. However, Uzbekistan won Silver due to better cumulative tie-breaks. India had to settle for Bronze. Hriday Garg scored 5.5/7, Sarbartho Mani 4.5/7 and Kavish Palaniappan K 4/7 contributed towards the team's 14/21 cumulative score.

Hriday, GargIND15815,50252719,504
ACMMani, SarbarthoIND16804,50232515,254
ACMKavish, Palaniappan KIND14584021,523,511,004


Under-10 Girls Gold: Pooja Shree R 6/7

Pooja Shree R (1672) was the sole leader heading into the final round. She lost against Alisa Genrietta Yunker (1830). However, that did not affect her championship chances and she still managed to win the Gold due to better tie-break scores.

Round 6: Aaradhya Das - Pooja Shree R: 0-1

Under-10 Girls Gold: Pooja Shree R 6/7
9-year-old Pooja Shree R wins Gold at 26th Asian Youth Under-10 Girls Rapid 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Pooja Shree R scored 6/7, won Gold on tie-breaks and gained 73.6 Elo rating points

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Pooja, Shree RIND1672602830,524,56
Yunker, Alisa GenriettaFID18306026,529,524,56
Peng, Jingyi(Gd)CHN1718602629,5256


Under-12 Open Silver: Siddhanth Poonja 6/7

Siddhanth Poonja (1886) defeated Nguyen Le Nguyen (VIE, 1816) in the final round to secure the Silver medal. Suleyman Akhmet (KAZ, 2027) won the Gold scoring sole 6.5/7.

IM Harsh Suresh drew with the top seed of the category - IM Ansat Aldiyar (KAZ)

Under-12 Open Silver - Siddhanth Poonja 6/7
"I am very happy with my Rapid performance" - Siddhanth wins Silver and Bronze at 26th Asian Youth 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Akhmet, SuleymanKAZ20276,502528266
Siddhanth, PoonjaIND18866023,526226
Le, Anh TuVIE19335,5027,530,5225


Under-12 Girls Gold: Pratitee Borodoloi 6.5/7

Pratitee Bordoloi (1587) was the sole leader going into the final round. She defeated WCM Minh Chi Nguyen (VIE, 1893) to clinch the Gold and finish a half point ahead of the rest.

Round 7: WCM Minh Chi Nguyen (VIE) - Pratitee Bordoloi: 0-1

Under-12 Girls Gold - Pratitee Bordoloi 6.5/7

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Pratitee, BordoloiIND15876,5027,530,527,56
Abasova, AdelinaFID1859603134285
Zavivaeva, KristinaFID17605,502628205


Team Gold: India 16/21

India won Team Gold in Under-12 Girls for scoring 16/21. Vietnam Silver 14/21 and Kazakhstan 13.5/21. Pratitee Bordoloi scored 6.5/7, Pavithra R V 5/7 and Siddhi Rao 4.5/7 contributed to the team's cumulative 16/21.

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Pratitee, BordoloiIND15876,5027,530,527,506
Pavithra, R VIND1511502528,519,005
Siddhi, RaoIND16424,50232412,254


Under-14 Open Team Bronze: India 13/21

Kazakhstan won Team Gold 16/21. Vietnam Silver 14/21 and India 13/21 Bronze. Sriram Adarsh Uppala and Viresh Sharnarthi contributed 4.5/7 each. Raghav V scored 4/7.

Sriram, Adarsh UppalaIND16554,502527,516,254
Sharnarthi, VireshIND19004,502426,514,754
Raghav, VIND18674025,526,513,253


Under-16 Open Team Bronze: India 13/21

Vietnam won Team Gold 16.5/21, Kazakhstan Silver 15.5/21 and India Bronze 13/21. Samyak Dharewa and Pranay Akula scored 4.5/7 each. Daksh Goyal made 4/7.

Samyak, DharewaIND17564,50232514,254
Pranay, AkulaIND18544,502324,514,753
Daksh, GoyalIND19234020,522,510,004


Under-18 Open Team Silver: India 15/21

Both Kazakhstan and India scored 15/21 each. Their cumulative score of TB1 was also the same 76. However, Kazakhstan had better TB2 scores. Thus, they won Gold, India secured Silver. Uzbekistan got Bronze 10.5/21. FM Ritvik Krishnan 5.5/7, FM Gaurang Bagwe 5/7 and Ajay Santhosh Parvathareddy 4.5/7 contributed to the team's 15/21.

FMKrishnan, RitvikIND21305,5022,524,517,005
FMBagwe, GaurangIND1964502426,517,005
Ajay, Santhosh ParvathareddyIND19434,5029,53116,754


Photo Gallery

The legend - GM Boris Gelfand made the ceremonial first move of Round 5 on Under-16 Open top board in presence of Chief Arbiter - IA Husan Turdialiev (UZB) and WGM Gulmira Dauletova (KAZ), Executive Director, Kazakhstan Chess Federation

Accompanying persons spectating the games from the gallery

The tournament hall at Baluan Sholaq Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan

For more photos, please check out the album here.

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Replay 26th Asian Youth Chess Championships 2024 Rapid Round 5-7 Live Commentary | Video: Kazakhstan Chess Federation


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Edit: 27th June 2024 - Team medal details have been updated, interviews added

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