Asia Youth Chess Championship 2009

strong Indian squad is expected at the youth chess championships

Riding on the success of World Champion Vishwanathan Anand, the Indian Chess is on an all-time high with its players tasting success regularly at the international chess events. The chess fever is certain to grip the country as the ONGC Asian Youth Chess Championship 2009, which would be hosted by the Delhi Chess Association at ‘Tivoli Garden Resort’ from 02nd to 9th August 2009 has attracted 235 players till date with entries still pouring in. Competitions will be held in six age groups — U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16 and U-18 separately for boys and girls. So far, Vietnam, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bhutan, UAE, Indonesia and Mongolia are among the nations who have confirmed the participation.

The strong Indian squad with 65 players is expected to reap a big harvest from the event that offers 36 medals. In the last edition at Tehran, India won 6 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze. India is hoping clean sweep in some category but players from Iran and Vietnam can shatter Indian dreams as they fielded strong players. The Indian Challenge will be spear headed by ONGC sponsored World Under-14 Champion Vidit Santosh Gujarathi and World Under-12 Champion Sayantan Das. Grand Master Salem A. R. Saleh of UAE who won Under-16 category in last edition will start as favourite in Under-18 category this year.

The championship will be inaugurated by Shri. Ajay Maken, Minister for State Home Affairs, Government of India on 02 Aug 09 at 1830 hrs.

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