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India bag 13 medals in Rapid event in Asian Youth Chess

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New Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Putting up a dominating show, India bagged 13 medals, including four golds, out of a possible of 18 in the Rapid event on the opening day of the Asian Youth Chess Championships, here today.

Tamilnadu trio of R Vaishali, M Mahalakshmi and Srija Seshadri won the yellow metal for the hosts in Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 girls’ categories respectively while Maharashtra youngster Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh secured the fourth gold in Under-16 Open section.

India also pocketed four silver and five bronze medals. Iran with one gold, two silver and one bronze finished second while Philippines occupied third spot with a solitary gold in the Rapid event.

Tabatabaei M Amin of Iran and Mejia Giovanni of Philippines dashed the Indian hope of gold sweep in the Rapid format as they secured the yellow metal in Under-14 and Under-18 Open sections respectively.

156 players from 15 different countries are participating in this prestigious championship, which have three formats of Rapid, Standard and Blitz events.

Rapid Event Medal Winners :-

Under-14 Girls :- Gold – Vaishali R of India, Silver- Alinasab Mobina of Iran, Bronze – Aakanksha Hagawane of India.
Under-14 Open :-  Gold – Tabatabaei M Amin of Iran , Silver – Mitrabha Guha of India, Bronze : Raghunandan K S of India
Under-16 Girls :- Gold – Mahalakshmi M of India, Silver – Gholami Orimi Anahita of Iran, Monnisha G K of India.
Under-16 Open :- Gold – Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh of India, Silver – Aravindh Chithambaram V R of India, Bronze – Visakh N R of India
Under-18 Girls :- Gold – Srija Seshadri of India, Silver – Shweta Gole of India, Bronze – Bala Kannamma P of India.
Under-18 Open :- Gold – Mejia Giovanni of Philippines, Silver – Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad of India, Bronze – Mosadeghpour Masoud of Iran.

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