Sri Lanka wins a medal silver and a medal bronze
India dominated the Asian Youth Rapid Chess Championship held on June 25, 2012 in Hikkaduwa, winning eighteen medals (5 golds, 8 silvers and 5 bronzes).
Six out of eighteen medals of India came from the Under 12 age category where they managed to win all the medals in both Open and Girls sections. Harsha Bharathakoti won the gold in the Open section while Savant Riya secured the gold for India in the Girls section. India also won the gold medal of the under 14 open category with Fide Master (FM) Aravindh Chithambaram while Shania Mendoza of the Phillipines won the Girls event. The other gold medals were won by N.Priyanka (Under- 10 girls) and Sanskruti Wankhade (Under – 6 girls) for India.
Vietnam also performed well, grabbing 7 medals including 4 gold medals. The Nguyen brothers of Vietnam dominated their age groups winning gold medals in their respective age groups; the younger brother H.M.T.Nguyen winning the Under 8 Open while the older, A.K.Nguyen, won the Under 10.
Their elder sister Hung Nguyen secured the gold in the Under 18 girls category. China also secured two gold medals in the tournament, Zhao Zhouqiao won the gold of under 18 Open category while Xiao Yiyi also earned a gold for China winning the under 16 Girls category. The hosts, Sri Lanka won two medals with Omaya Jayathilake of Gateway College, Colombo winning the silver medal of the under-6 Girls category and Harshana Thilakarathne of Maliyadeva College, Kurunagala wining the bronze medal of under – 10 open category.
The main event, the Asian Youth Chess Championship will start on the 26th of June. The tournament is organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka in association with the Asian Chess Federation.