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Asian Junior 2023 Silver medalist - Aswath S becomes the latest International Master of India

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/10/2023

15-year-old Aswath S secured Silver medal at Asian Junior 2023 Open. This earned him a direct IM title. The teenager is also the current National Sub-Junior Under-15 Open 2022 champion. The boy from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu became International Master by virtue of a direct title rule. At the beginning of this year, he crossed the rating criteria for direct title of 2200 in January 2023 FIDE rating list. He earned his maiden IM-norm few months ago at Silver Lake Open 2023 in Serbia. Aswath became India's latest IM on Friday 15th September 2023. India got two more IMs - Ayush Sharma and Ritviz Parab in the same month at Tsaghkadzor Open 2023. It will be mentioned in separate reports. Photo: Himank Ghosh

Gold in National Sub-Junior and Silver in Asian Junior in just over nine months

After becoming 47th National Sub-Junior Open 2022 champion, Aswath S was looking for a major triumph. He has been performing well consistently in various tournaments. The teenager scored his first IM-norm in June. A little over 2.5 months later, he won Silver at Asian Junior 2023 Open to become an International Master.

Aswath S becomes the latest IM of India | Photo: Himank Ghosh
Aswath S wins Silver for India in Tata Steel Asian Junior Open Championship 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

First IM norm: Silver Lake Open 2023

Aswath S scored his first IM-norm at Silver Lake Open in June 2023. Despite getting a walk over in the first round, he scored 5/8, in the remaining eight games to earn his first IM-norm. The teenager defeated IM Shahil Dey, drew against IM Lazar Nestorovic (SRB) and IM Zoran S Markovic (SRB).

Aswath - Shahil, Round 2

Position after 33...f4??

Aswath seized his opportunity when his opponent blundered 33...f4?? Find out the correct continuation.

Aswath S scored 6/9 to perform at 2472 and gain 143.2 Elo rating points en route his maiden IM-norm

Direct Title: Asian Junior 2023 Open

Aswath S did not have to earn the remaining norms. He fulfilled the criteria differently by winning Silver at Asian Junior Under-20 Open 2023. As per the tournament regulations, equal first (best three players after tie-break) of the tournament in the Open section gets the direct title of IM once he meets the criteria of reaching 2200 Elo rating. Aswath crossed 2200 at the beginning of this year. He defeated IM Kushagra Mohan, IM Gilbert Elroy Tarigan (INA) and IM Sambit Panda, drew against IM Aleksey Grebnev and IM Manish Anto Cristiano F.

Aswath - Sambit, Round 9

Position after 11.e6!

Aswath got a pleasant position out of the opening. 11.e6! fxe6 gave White a long-term positional advantage. He went on to convert his advantage and win the game.

Aswath S in deep thought against IM Sambit Panda in the final round | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Aswath S won Silver at Asian Junior 2023 Open and became India's latest International Master | Photo: Himank Ghosh

FM Aswath S became India's latest IM by securing Silver scoring 7/9 and increased his Elo rating by 37.8 points

Aswath's Best Achievements

Aswath S has won a lot of accolades in his chess career so far. Here are the best ones:

Silver - Asian Junior Under-20 Open 2023

Champion - MPL 47th National Sub-Junior Under-15 Open 2022

Runner-up - BYJU's Star Warz Rating Open 2022

• Second Runner-up - 1st Kanyakumari Parents Forum Rapid and Blitz Rating Open 2023 

Second Runner-up - Star Chess Foundation Rapid Rating Open 2022

Champion - 47th Tamil Nadu State Under-15 Open Rating 2022

Champion - 33rd Tamil Nadu State Under-14 Open Rating 2022

Champion - 28th Tamil Nadu State Under-7 Boys 2015

• Champion - Kanyakumari District Open 2020, 2021 and 2023

• Champion - 44th Chess Olympiad 2022 AICF Kanyakumari District Schools Selection Tournament Boys

Champion - Kanyakumari District Under-19 2022

Champion - Kanyakumari District Under-18 2022

• Champion - Kanyakumari District Under-11 2019

• Champion - Kanyakumari District Under-9 2016

• Champion - Kanyakumari District Under-7 2014 and 2015

Runner-up - Kanyakumar District Open 2022

Second Runner-up - 22nd Tamil Nadu State Blitz Open 2022

Second Runner-up - Kanyakumar District Under-11 2016

Replay Aswath's games


I started playing chess when I was three years old - Aswath S - 47th National Sub-Junior Open 2022 champion | Video: ChessBase India
Aswath S coleads after seven rounds - Asian Junior 2023 Open | Video: ChessBase India
Two minor pieces can be stronger than a Rook in the Endgame - Aswath vs Harshavardhan | Video: ChessBase India


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