Iran chess players top-ranked in Asian schools championships

Young Iranian chess players have ended in style their campaign at the 12th edition of Asian Schools Chess Championships in Tehran, and stood on the top of the podium in the continental sporting event.

On Sunday evening, the Iranian outfit won the standard form title of the tournament, having clinched 19 (six gold, five silver and eight bronze) medals. The Persians were followed by Philippine and Uzbek counterparts in the second and third places respectively.

Seyyed Raham Yousefi displayed a great performance in the final boys’ under-9 contest, and scooped a gold medal for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Artin Ashraf settled for a bronze in the event.

While Seyyed Kian Mousavi and Mohammad Javad Khorshidi were awarded a gold and bronze medal in boys’ under-11 events, Parniyan Qomi and Fatemeh Khodadadi garnered a gold and bronze in the girls’ under-11 matches.

Pouya Mohammadi collected a bronze medal in the boys’ under-13 section. Motahhareh Asadi, Anahita Zahedi and Setareh Sebt Rasoul earned all available medals in the girls’ division.

In the boy’s under-15 class, Mehdi Gholami-Avarini and Nima Fendereski finished second and third respectively to get the silver and bronze medals.

Separately, Seddiqeh Kalantari and Tannaz Ezli claimed the first and second spots in the girls’ under-15 contests and pocketed the gold and silver medals.

Arash Tahbaaz, Mohammad Amin Molaei and Aria Omidi clinched the gold, silver and bronze medals in the boys’ under-17 category, while Vesal Hamedinia and Mitra Asgharzadeh came second and third in the girls’ events.

Earlier, Iran had collected four gold, six silver and six bronze medals in the blitz contests, and was named the top-ranked chess team in Asia.

The Iranian outfit also picked 19 (six gold, seven silver and six bronze) medals during rapid matches and was crowned champion.

The 12th edition of Asian Schools Chess Championships started in Tehran, Iran, on July 9 and ran through July 18, 2016.

The sports event brought together 476 junior chess players from 19 countries, including India, Iran, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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