WEST ASIA YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TOOK PLACE IN TASHKENT FROM NOVEMBER 16 TO 23

From November 16 to 23, the West Asia Youth Chess Championship in classical chess, rapid and blitz was held in Tashkent. 232 chess players from 11 countries of the region took part in the tournament.

The tournament on classical chess was conducted according to the FIDE rules, with time control of 90 minutes per game with added 30 seconds after each move starting from the first one, with a 15-minute break. Rapid was played with time control of 10 minutes with added ten seconds after the first move. Blitz rounds – 3 minutes plus 2 seconds to the move starting from the first one. 

Tournament schedule:

November 16, 02:00 p.m. – arrival
November 16, 09:00 p.m. – Technical Meeting
November 17, 10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
November 17, 10:30 a.m. – round 1, round 2, round 3 (rapid)
November 18, 09:00 a.m. – round 1 (classics)
November 18, 03:00 p.m. – round 2 (classics)
November 19, 09:00 a.m. – round 3 (classics)
November 19, 03:00 p.m. – round 4 (classics)
November 20, 09:00 a.m. – round 5 (classics)
November 20, 03:00 p.m. – round 6 (classics)
November 21, 09:00 a.m. – round 7 (classics)
November 21, 03:00 p.m. – round 8 (classics)
November 22, 09:00 a.m. – round 9 (classics)
November 22, 03:00 p.m. – rounds 1-9 (blitz)
November 22, 08:00 p.m. – Closing Ceremony
November 23, 12:00 p.m. –departure

6 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals – in total 17 medals –  this is the attainment of the Kazakhstan junior national chess team at the Champioship.

16-years-old Asel Serikbay took 2 gold medals in the category to 20 years old and became the best player in rapid and blitz. The young player from Kyzylorda Region also took the silver medal in classics having made the third point of the international master. 14-years-old Nazerke Nurgali who also played in the category to 20 years old took the silver medal in rapid and blitz, and the third place in classics.

“The West Asia region has been traditionally famous for its strong players, and it is a humbling experience to encounter its best representatives,” Asel Serikbay says, “When I played not my age category, I made a challenge for myself, as almost all competitors were older than me and had more experience. But the result showed that I was rather succussful to encounter”.

It should be noted that eight of twenty-two Kazakhstani sportsmen participating in the contest came back with medals.

“The results of our young sportsmen is an indisputable factor of the top-rank national chess school”, Vasily Shymilkov, the Chairman of Kazakhstan delegation at the Championship, says, “For example, Asel (16 years old) and Nazerke (14 years old) had bona competition with the participants of the category to 20 years old. And both of them took three medals”.

Results of Kazakhstani sportsmen

Classics:

— Elnaz Kaliakhmetov – 1st place  (in the category to 8 years old)
— Kseniya Balabayeva – 1st place (in the category to 14 years old)
— Asel Serikbay – 2nd place (in the category to 20 years old)
— Nurgali Nazerke – 3rd place (in the category to 20 years old)
— Alain Aisha – 3rd place (in the category to 12 years old)
— Abilmansur Abdilkhair – 3rd place (in the category to 16 years old)
— Bibisara Abylaykyzy – 3rd place (in the category to 6 years old)

Rapid:

— Asel Serikbay – 1st place (in the category to 20 years old)
— Nurgali Nazerke – 2nd place (in the category to 20 years old)
— Kseniya Balabayeva – 2nd place (in the category to 14 years old)
— Zeynep Sultanbek – 3rd place (in the category to 16 years old)
— Bibisara Abylaykyzy – 3rd place (in the category to 6 years old)

Blitz:

— Asel Serikbay – 1st place (in the category to 20 years old)
— Zeynep Sultanbek – 1st place (in the category to 16 years old)
— Kseniya Balabayeva – 1st place (in the category to 14 years old)
— Nurgali Nazerke – 2nd place (in the category to 20 years old)
— Elnaz Kaliakhmetov – 2nd place  (in the category to 8 years old)

Summary crosstables:

Blitz:
— to 8 years old (Open)
— to 8 years old (girls)
— to 10 years old (Open)
— to 10 years old (girls)
— to 12 years old (Open)
— to 12 years old (girls)
— to 14 years old (Open)
— to 14 years old (girls)
— to 16 years old (Open)
— to 16 years old (girls)
— to 18 years old (Open)
— to 18 years old (girls)
— to 20 years old (girls)

Rapid:
— to 8 years old (Open
— to 8 years old (girls)
— to 10 years old (Open)
— to 10 years old (girls)
— to 12 years old (Open)
— to 12 years old girls)
— to 14 years old (Open)
— to 14 years old (girls)
— to 16 years old (Open)
— to 16 years old (old)
— to 18 years old (Open)
— to 18 years old (girls)
— to 20 years old (Open)
— to 20 years old (girls)

Classics:
— to 8 years old (Open
— to 8 years old (girls)
— to 10 years old (Open)
— to 10 years old (girls)
— to 12 years old (Open)
— to 12 years old girls)
— to 14 years old (Open)
— to 14 years old (girls)
— to 16 years old (Open)
— to 16 years old (old)
— to 18 years old (Open)
— to 18 years old (girls)
— to 20 years old (Open)
— to 20 years old (girls)