July 8, 2009


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Indians Shine in the Continental Asian Junior Chess Championship 2009

The Indian Players International Master Ashwin Jayaram and Women International Master Padmini Rute managed to clinched the Continental Asian Junior Boys and Girls Chess Championship respectively at these prestigious Championships held from 1st to 7th July 2009 at the Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo. Ashwin scored a total of 8 points and Padmini 8.5 points out of the possible 9 games. Ashwin drew with another IM from India, Shyam Sundar while Padimini out played young Navindi Abeywardena of Sri Lanka.

There was a record number of Countries in this first International sporting event held after the ending of the terrorist problem in the country. Eleven Countries, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Taiwan and Sri Lanka contested in this most prestigious Junior Event in Asia. On behalf of FIDE and the Asian Chess Federation, the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka organized the event.

There was a big contingent from Sri Lanka, 26 players while India had send the biggest contingent, 17 players among other countries.

Amanov Zhanibek (IM) from Kazakhstan with 7 points became 1st Runner up while Lalith Babu (IM) with 6 ½ points, also from India was 3rd with Points in the Boys Amanov Zhanibek (IM) from Kazakhstan with 7 points became 1st Runner up while Lalith Babu (IM) with 6 ½ points, also from India was 3rd with Points in the Boy event. Women’s (IM) Hejazipour Mitra of Iran with 7.5 points came 2nd in the Women’s while Women Grandmaster, Saumya Swaminathan became 3rd with 6.5 points.

Ceylon Continental Hotel was the main sponsor and facilities provided by them for the players were exceptional and all participants experienced a great event. Mr. Namal Rajapakse, the founder Chairman of the Tharunyata Hetak was the Chief Guest at the awarding Ceremony held at Inter Continental Hotel

Standings: 1. IM Ashwin Jayaram(India) 8 points, 2. IM Amanov Zainibek(Kazakhstan) 7 points 3. IM Lalith Babu (India) 6.5 points 4.IM Toufighi Homayoon (Iran), IM Narayanan Srinath(India) , IM Shyam Sundar(India) and FM Vishnu Prasanna(India) 5 points 8. IM Karthikeya(India), P, FM Youan Terry(Singapore) and Saravana Krishnan 5.5 (India)points out of nine games and was in the top ten players in the event.

Women: 1. WIM Padmini Tout (India), 8.5 points, 2. WFM Hejasipoure Mitea(Iran), 7.5 points. 3. WGM Saumya Swaminatha(India) 6.5 points, 4. Bakhti Kulkarni(India) 6 points 5. WIM Kiran Mohanty (India), Azgaridashe Minoo (Iran), Preethi R, P Uthra and Samadhi P. Abeywickrama 5 points 10. N Raghavi(India) 4points. Were the top ten in Girls event.

Two Games played by the winners in the penultimate round by the winners.

White :Padmini, Rout Black Bhakti, Kulkarni

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bc4 Qc7 8.O-O Bg7 9. Qe2 Bb7 10. Rd1 d6 11. Bf4 Nh5 12. Be3 O-O 13. Rd2 e6 14. g4 Nf6 15.Bf4 e5 16. Bg3 Bh6 17. Rd3 Bc8 18. h3 Be6 19. Bb3 Rfe8 20. Rad1 Bf8 21. f4 Bxb322. axb3 exf4 23. Bxf4 Re6 24. Qh2 Nxe4 25. Nxe4 Rxe4 26. Bxd6 Qb6+ 27. Qf2 Re228. Qxb6 axb6 29. Bxf8 Kxf8 30. R3d2 Rae8 31. Kf1 R2e5 32. Rf2 Ke7 33. Ra1 Kf834. Ra6 Rb8 35. Rf6 Re6 36. Rxe6 fxe6 37. Ra7 h6 38. Ke2 Rd8 39. Rb7 b5 40. c4Ra8 41. cxb5 cxb5 42. Rxb5 Ra2 43. Rb7 Rxb2+ 44. Kf3 g5 45. Ke4 Rh2 46. Ke5Rxh3 47. Kxe6 Rf3 48. b4 Rf4 49. b5 Rxg4 50. Rh7 Rb4 51. Kf6 Draw

White Amanov, Zhanibek Black Ashwin, Jayaram

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. O-O Be7 9. Qf3 Qb6 10. Be3 Qb7 11. Qg3 b4 12. Na4 Nbd7 13. f3 O-O 14. Rfd1 Ne5 15.Rac1 Bd7 16. Nb6 Nh5 17. Qh3 Qxb6 18. Qxh5 Qb7 19. Bg5 Bxg5 20. Qxg5 a5 21. f4h6 22. Qg3 Nc6 23. Ne2 Qb5 24. c4 Qc5+ 25. Qf2 Rfd8 26. Ba4 Nd4 27. Nxd4 Bxa428. b3 Bd7 29. Rd2 a4 30. Rcd1 axb3 31. axb3 Draw

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