New Delhi (03 May 16) :- Asian Junior Open & Girls Chess Championships-2016 got off to a rousing start here at Hotel Park Plaza on Tuesday. 103 players from 12 different countries are participating in this nine day long prestigious championship, which have three formats of Rapid, Standard and Blitz events.
In the girl’s Rapid event, Tamilnadu youngster R Vaishali won the yellow metal with a perfect score of 9 points while Iranian International Master Masoud Mosadeghpur finished first with 8 points. Indian Grandmasters Aravindh Chithamabaram and S L Narayanan finished as first runner up and second runner up respectively in open section while Uuriintuya Uurtasaikh of Mongolia won Silver and Bala Kannamma of India finished third in girl’s category.
Earlier in a befitting opening ceremony, Asian Chess Federation Deputy President Shri. Bharat Singh inaugurated the championship by lighting the lamp and making the customary first move in presence of Shri. Jaidev Dutta, General Manager host Hotel Park Plaza and Shri. AK Verma, Secretary Delhi Chess Association.
The classical championship to decide Asian Junior Champions will start at 3 pm on Wednesday and the young Indian Grandmasters Aravindh Chithambaram, Karthikeyan Murali and S L Narayanan will spearhead the Indian challenge while R Vaishali got the top billing in Girls section.
Rapid Event Medal Winners :-
Open Category :-
Gold – IM Masoud Mosadeghpour of Iran
Silver – GM Aravindh Chithambaram of India
Bronze- GM S L Narayanan of India
Girls Category :-
Gold – Vaishali R of India
Silver – Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh of Mongolia
Bronze – Bala Kannamma P of India