Champions crowned at 2017 Asian Amateur Chess Championship
Uzbekistan's Bakhiyor Djumaev and Loreshyl Cuizon of the Philippines won the Asian Amateur and Women's Championships, respectively, organized by the Thailand Chess Association 23-30 November 2017 in Chiang Mai under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation.
The venue chosen by the Thailand Chess Federation (TCA) Secretary Sahapol Nakvanich was the centrally located Lotus Pang Suan Khew Hotel some 20 minutes from the airport, linked to the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall and in the heart of Chiang Mai.
Kyrgyzstan's Islam Baisynov shared second to fourth places in the Open with Mongolia's Dagii Ganduuga and Philippines Stewart Manaog, all with 7 points with Singapore's Matthew Lau Ende taking fifth place.
The category prizes, best under 2000 went to Nepal's Bhupendra Niraula, best under 1900 to Oman's Salim Issa Ali Shamas, best under 1800 to Mongolia's Amartaivan Erkhembayar, best under 1700 to Malaysia's Teh Wee Zhun and best unnrated to Mongolia's Ganbaatar Batsukh.
In the women's division, Cuizon started very brightly with 5/5, then agreed a short draw in round six after beating her main rival, India's G Sandhya, and then struggled a little with two more draws but then recovered her early energy in the last round to win and take the title thanks to the first tie-break of direct encounter.
While Sandhya was second, her countrymate Gochhikar Aparajita took third place half a point behind on 7/9. Category prizes were awarded to Myanmar's Su Laet Nandar for best under 1900, Malaysia's Fong Mi Yen for best under 1800, Thailand's Sarocha Chuemsakul for best under 1700 and Myanmar's Hnin Pwint Phyu for best unrated.
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