Reza Mahdavi dominates 29th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Juniors U16 2023, Mayank Chakraborty second
Second seeded FM Reza Mahdavi (IRI) scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 29th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Juniors Under-16 Rating Tournament 2023. Reza finished a half point ahead of the field. Top seed of the tournament, CM Mayank Chakraborty scored 8/9 to finish second. His sole loss was against the eventual champion, Reza in the penultimate round. Three players - CM Islombek Sindarov (UZB), Nihal Swarna and Feliks Tokhyan (ARM) scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. The top three prizes were US$ 1500 + trophy, $1000 and $700 each respectively. Syed Abdul Khader and Ananthnarayan were the only two other Indians to finish among top ten. They scored 7/9 each to be placed sixth and tenth each respectively. Photos: Aditya Sur Roy
Top two seeds interchange their places
A total of 256 players took part from 32 countries across the world in the Juniors Under-16 category. The tournament was organized by Abu Dhabi Chess Club & Mind Games from 16th to 22nd August 2023 at Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi Corniche in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The nine-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 70 minutes each.
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