India, Iran, Sri Lanka Top Western Asia Youth Chess Championships


The Indian delegation won an astounding 8 golds, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals to dominate the Western Asia Youth Chess Championships held 18-20 September online on Tornelo.

Iran and Sri Lanka finished with 2 gold medals each but Iran grabbed overall runner-up with 3 silvers against Sri Lanka’s one silver medal. IM Harshana Thilakarathne (above left) won the gold medal in the highest group, Under-18 while countrymate Oshini Devindya Gunawardena (above right) lived up to her billing by winning the gold in the Girls Udner-10. Visit for round by round results and to download games.

The Asian Chess Federation shall nominate the winners of each age group to the FIDE World Youth and Cadets Chess Grand Prix 2021 to be conducted by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in October.

Under 18 Open

Medal Winner Country Rating Points
Gold Thilakarathne G M H (IM) photo above SRI 2010 7
Silver De Silva L M S T (FM) SRI 1744 6.5
Bronz Bosagh Zadeh Alireza IRI 1902 6.5

Under 18 Girls

Gold Prachiti Chandratreya (WFM) photo above IRI 1648 7.5
Silver Saina Salonika (WFM) IND 1599 7
Bronze Bowmick Susmita IND 1588 6

Under 16 Open

Gold Krishna S Rohith(FM) IND 2259 7.5
Silver Varshny Aryan (FM) IRI 1419 7.5
Bronze Atakhan Abtin (FM) KAZ 1409 7.5

Under 16 Girls

Gold Deshmukh Divya (WIM) IND 1825 9
Silver Ghomi Parnian (WCM) IRI 1775 6.5
Bronze Harati Hasti IRI 1763 6.5

Under 14 Open

Gold Singh Sahib (photo above) IND 1717 7.5
Silver Suleimen Ergali KAZ 1609 7.5
Bronze Kaivalya Sandip Nagare IND 1535 7.5

Under 14 Girls

Gold M Sreekumar Anupam IND 1330 8.5
Silver Hajatniya Reyhaneh IRI 1348 7.5
Bronze H G Pragnya IND 1244 7.5

Under 12 Open

Gold Rajkhowa Mrinmoy (photo above) IND 1344 9
Silver Nitin V Khsatria IND 1235 7
Bronze Wadhawan Daaevk IND 1358 7

Under 12 Girls

Gold Davari Sara (photo above) IRI 1455 9
Silver Gupta Shubhi IND 1095 7.5
Bronze Newansa M Esandi SRI 1126 6.5

Under 10 Open

Gold Vaz Ethan (photo above) IND 1284 8
Silver Adiga Sathvik IND 1206 8
Bronze Dauren Darmen KAZ 1260 7

Under 10 Girls

Gold Gunawardhana Devindya Oshini (photo above) SRI 1373 8
Silver Akbari Rosha IRI 1412 8
Bronze V C Nivedita IND 1167 7

Under 8 Open

Gold B Vishruth (photo above) IND 0 8
Silver Pratap Sharma Madhvendra IND 1043 7.5
Bronze Pranav Mithun IND 1040 7.5


8 Girls

Gold Bhar Mirzakhani IRI 0 7,5
Silver A Charvi IND 1043 7.5
Bronze Bohara Ira IND 1040 7.5

Host Sri Lanka wins Two Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze!

Sri Lanka number 1 ranked, International Master, Harshana Thilakarathne won the Gold medal in the most important under 18 years (Open) category of the Western Asian Online Youth Chess Championships concluded on 20th September 2021. Harshana who is from Maliyadeva College played excellent Chess being the leader from the 1st round and won the Gold medal convincingly. He beat Aljabari Mohammad.A (Palastine), Radwan Mahmoud J (Palastine), FIDE Master Anees M Mohamed(India), Mazhkenov Alisher (Kazakhstan), Dhingra Aaditya(India) and Khazaei Parviz(Iran) and drew with Bosagh Zadeh Alireza and (Iran) and Ranjan Aryan(India) and lost one game to our own National player LMST De Silva to score 7 points out of possible 9 games.

The young Oshini Devindya Gunawardena who is the current under 10 Years Girls World Chess Champion showed her supremacy by winning the under 10 Category Gold medal of this Championships. Though unfortunately she lost her 2nd game to Indian player, R Charudharshini(India) she recovered well scoring wins with all other players Bhuchar Ridhima(India), A Anjana (India), Reya Banker(India), Gunesh Dessai Saeeja (India), GHS Sanulya (Sri Lanka), Akbari Rosha (Iran), S Ukkali Krupa(India) and Dongre Anshika(India) to score 8 points out of 9 games and win the event. Oshini is from Furguson High School, Ratnapura and is coached by Mr. Akhila Kavinda, a prominent Chess trainer in the country.

The Sri Lankan prominent youth player in the National Chess Team, Susal De Silva of Nalanda College made the Silver in under 18 category by winning with the champion in the crucial penultimate round. He also suffered two early loses in 2nd and 3rd rounds to Ranjan Arayan(India) and Kusalwin Liyanage  and  he made a miracle by scoring 6 ½ points out of rest of 7 games to win the Silver Medal. He beat Al Busaidi Hamood(Oman), Radwan Mahmoud J(Palastine), Khalifa Essa Albalooshi(UAE), Dhingra Aaditya (India), Harshana and Mazhkenov Alisher(Kazakhatan) and drew with Khazaei Parviz(Iran) to score 6 ½ points out of 9 games.

M Esandi Newansa of Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda made the Bronze Medal in the Under 12 years Girls category scoring 6 ½ points out of 9 games. She beat Anujana Hasandi (Sri lanka), Sachi Jain(India), Rouda Essa Alserkal(UAE), Sirin Kalyani(India), Ebrahimi Rashti Asal (Iran) and Abaeva Aiana and drew with Alavi Mahsa(Iran) and lost 2 games to Imani Adrina and Davari Sara both from Iran for her total of 6 ½ out of 9 games..

India dominated the event by winning 8 Gold Medals in Under 18 Girls by Prachiti Chandratreya with 7 ½ points out of 9 games, under 16 Open and Girls by  FM Krishna S Rohit with a score of 7 ½ out of 9 games and WIM Divya Deshmuk with 9 points out of 9 games, Under 14 Open & Girls by Singh Sahib with a score of 7 ½ out of 9 games and  M Sreekumar Anupam with a score of 8 ½ points out of 9, Under 12 Open by Mrinmoy Rajkowa, Under 10 years Open by Ethan Zaz with 8 points out of 9 and Under 8 Open by  B Vishruth with a score of 8 points out of 9 games.  Iran won Gold medal in Under 12 Girls by Davari Sara with a perfect score of 9 out of 9 games and under 8 Girls by Mirzakhani Bahar with 7 ½ point out of 9 games.

The western Asian Online Youth Chess Championships conducted by the Asian Chess Federation and organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was held from 18th – 20th September 2021. Close to 900 players participated in this biggest online Chess Event of Asia on Tornelo platform. The time control was 15 minutes + 10 seconds for each move played.

The Countries of Bangladesh, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Syria, UAE, Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka participated in the event.