Asian Youth Chess Championship wrapped up in Thailand. Kazakhstan athletes brought home two gold, one silver and six bronze medals.
570 athletes from 26 countries participated in the Championship of the continent held in Chiang Mai. Kazakhstan was represented by the silver prize-winners of the 2018 Naitonal Children’s Championship.

Meruert Kamalidenova from Astana was unrivaled in the regular chess among girls U14. Without a single defeat and four draws in 9 rounds, Meruert scored 7 points and won a gold medal. Thus, Meruert became a two-time Champion of Asia. Thanks to the performance at the tournament, the rating of the female athlete rose by 21.2 points.
And another Kazakh athlete – Assel Serikbay from Kyzylorda – was close to the gold medal among girls under 16. After conducting a series of win-win games, last year’s absolute Сhampion of Asia gave way to Sanskriti Goyal (India) and on the sum of additional points took only the third place.
– I would also like to mention a solid performance by Almaty region’s representative Ryan Zhumagali (girls U8) and Shymkent resident Abilmansur Abdilhair (U16). They were a step away from the bronze medals of the Championship, but ended up outside the podium. They are very capable sportsmen, — said the head coach of the children’s and youth chess team Anuar Ismagambetov.

Young talents were also distinguished in the rapid pace competition. Nazerke Nurgali (girls U14) displayed a confident game throughout all 7 rounds and won a silver medal! Excellent was the debut of the young Aktau representative Edgar Mamedov (boys U8), considered a dark horse, it was his first tournament of the scale and he came third. The bronze medal also went to an Astana athlete Amina Kairbekova (girls U12).

In the blitz tournament, Kazakhstan athletes also won several medals. In the age group up to 8 years old, an Almaty resident Yelnaz Kaliakhmet was head and shoulders above the competition and won a gold deservedly. Her peer Rayan Zhumagali in the same age group came in third place. Bronze winners of the Asian Championship in blitz are Kazybek Nogerbek (boys U14) and Assel Serikbay (girls U16).