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Vietnam tops Asian Youth Chess Championships

By Xuan Binh   October 21, 2022 | 05:50 am PT
Vietnam tops Asian Youth Chess Championships
A Vietnamese player (L) in the U8 event of Asian Youth Chess Championships in October 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Thu
Vietnam finished first at the 2022 Asian Youth Chess Championships that concluded Friday in Bali, Indonesia with a tally of 39 gold, 21 silver and 9 bronze medals.

The medal tally covered rapid, standard and blitz chess events. The number gold medals won by Vietnam accounted for 54% of the tournament total, which meant that the country won more gold medals than all other teams combined.

Finishing second was India with 20 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals, followed by the host Indonesia with four gold, 12 silver and 21 bronze medals.

The 2022 Asian Youth Chess Championships attracted 451 players from 20 delegations, competing in 12 tables with six age groups from 8 to 18.

Indonesia had the most number of participants with 127, followed by Vietnam with 98. None of the other delegations had more than 40 participants.

India, one of the strongest chess playing countries, didn’t send their best players to the tournament this year, therefore there were no players with an Elo rating above 2,400. The U18 team of India has 22 players with Elo ratings above 2,400, but they chose to play at other tournaments that have a higher level of difficulty to improve their ratings.

The tournament also didn’t have any international master (IM) or grandmaster (GM) contestants, but Vietnam’s Dao Minh Nhat has earned the IM title after winning the standard U18 event. Nguyen Thien Ngan, who won the standard U18 women’s event, will also become an IM.

 
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