Thursday, June 24, 2010

Asian Juniors Chess Champs

A so-called "Asian Junior Chess Championship" held in India has just been won by local IM Shyam Sundar. With the vast majority of players obviously being Indian, many of whom clearly of GM strength just based on ratings, it was always likely that this event would be won by a local.

However, in the parallel "Asian Junior Girls Chess Championships", there was a big surprise.

Vietnamese player WFM Vo Kim Phung, seeded 11th and who sports a rating of just 2096, rippled through the locals to finish on 7.5 points and win on tiebreak from Kazakh and fellow WFM, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan.

The Philippines had reps in both events with FM Haridas Pascua in the main section, while Lamiel Bernales battled it out among the girls. RP journo Marlon Bernardino reports that Pascua narrowly missed out on an IM norm by losing his last game to IM Das Debashis of India. Bernales finished in 35th place overall.

Games from this event can be viewed here and tournament details here.

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