3 Gold and 1 Bronze Medal in the FIDE Online World Cadets & youth Rapid Chess Championships 2020

Nihal, Gukesh & Rakshitta won Gold and Mrinmoy Rajkhowa won Bronze in the FIDE ONLINE WORLD CADETS & YOUTH RAPID CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020
Grandmaster Nihal Sarin won the Under 18 Open category of the FIDE ONLINE WORLD CADETS & YOUTH RAPID CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020 organised by Georgia from 19th to 22nd December, 2020. Two more Gold medals for India came from Grandmaster D Gukesh (Under 14 Open) & Woman International Master Rakshitta Ravi (Under 16 Girls) respectively. India’s fourth medal, a bronze, came through Mrinmoy Rajkhowa in the Under 10 Open category.In the Under 18 Open category finals, top seed GM Nihal Sarin defeated GM Sargsyan Shant (Elo 2596) of Armenia 1.5 – 0.5, prior to which he’d accounted for IM Sonis Francesco (Elo 2483) of Italy in the semi-finals. Nihal had to play the semi-final and the final in back to back matches, as his initial semi-final opponent – Hepler Ramirez Narayana (Peru) – was found violating the tournament fairplay policy of FIDE.

India’s second Gold medal came in the Under 14 Open second where GM Gukesh D overcame IM Murzin Volodar (Elo 2464) of Russia in Armageddon tie-break after their two game finals ended 1-1.

Woman International Master Rakshitta Ravi brought the third Gold for India in the Under 16 Girls section. Rakshitta (Elo 2190) played with strength and consistency bringing down players higher rated than her viz., WFM Hernandez Gil Ineymig (2348) of Cuba, WGM Garifullina Leya (2348) of Russia and WIM Song Yuxin (2290) of China. The win over WIM Song Yuxin with a 1.5 – 0.5 margin fetched the Indian girl the coveted World Under 16 Girls rapid title.

In team standing, India with three Golds and a Bronze medal, took the second spot behind USA which finished with a tally of 4 Golds, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. Iran took third place with one Gold and one Silver medal.

Overall 160 players from 51 countries participated in the event. It had 89 titled players, including 8 Grandmasters, 2 Woman Grandmasters, 16 International Masters and 9 Woman International Masters.

The closing ceremony will be held at 7:30.P.M. today (24.12.2020)

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