Asian Amateur 2023: Kumaresh clinches Gold, Silver for Sham in U2000
18-year-old Kumaresh A scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win Gold at Asian Amateur Championship in Under-2000 Men category. He finished a full point ahead of the field. 19-year-old Sham R scored 7.5/9 to secure Silver. Anshu Kr. Pathak scored 6/9 to secure Bronze in the Under-1700 Men category. The total prize fund of the tournament was US$ 7500. The top three prizes in U2000 Men were $1200, $800 and $500 each. For U1700 Men, they were $800, $500 and $300. All prizes were accompanied by a trophy and medal each. Photos: UAE Chess Federation
U1700: Anshu Pathak claims Bronze
It has been a successful Asian Amateur Championship 2023 for the Indian players as India claimed a Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The Gold medal winner, Kumaresh A is a student of Hatsun Chess Academy in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu as mentioned by the revered IA R Anantharam in his report published earlier this month.
Kumaresh - Sham, Round 4
Sham R's (1751) 23.b5? discover attack backfired as his opponent Kumaresh A (1703) played 24.cxb5! sacrificing his bishop to create a passed pawn. 24...Qxa7 25.bxc6 Rxe2 26.Nd4 Bxd4 27.Qxd4 White eventually went on to win the game. It took slightly longer as he did not play precisely.
A total of 113 players in the Men from 26 countries and 40 players in the Women's section from 14 countries took part, in this seven-day nine round Swiss-league Asian Amateur tournament which was organized by UAE Chess Federation in Dubai, UAE from 28th August to 3rd September 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.
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Final Standings in Men
|5||6||AGM||Cayaba, John Vincent||PHI||1963||7||46,5||50||0|
Final standings in Women
|1||3||WCM||Rouda Essa, Alserkal||UAE||1775||8||46,5||50||0|
|2||17||Gamage, Desandhi Dhihansa||SRI||1495||7||48||51,5||0|
|3||1||WFM||Al Maamari, Wafia Darwish||UAE||1882||6,5||46,5||50,5||0|
|6||9||Amulya, Guruprasad r||IND||1633||6||46||50||0|
|7||7||Sachi, Jain r||IND||1690||6||43,5||46,5||0|
|9||15||WCM||Tharushi, T H D Niklesha||SRI||1521||6||41,5||45||0|
|10||27||Ahoud, Eisa Bashkardi||UAE||1225||5,5||37||38,5||0|