Asian Junior Chess Championship

The Asian Junior Chess Championship is an annual chess tournament open to players in Asia and Oceania (FIDE Zones 3.1 to 3.7) who are under 20 years of age. The tournament has been held annually since 1977 with occasional interruptions. Since 1985, a separate Asian championship for girls has also been organized.[1] Since at least 1996, the two championships have always been held concurrently.[2]


The championships are organized by national federations affiliated with the Asian Chess Federation. They are open to chess players who are under 20 years of age as of 1 January of the year in which the championship is held.[3] The championships are organized as a round-robin or a Swiss-system tournament depending on the number of participants. Since 2006, the open championship has been a nine-round Swiss.[4]

The winners of the open and girls' championships earn the right to participate in the next year's World Junior Chess Championships.[5] In the open championship, the top three players after tiebreaks all earn the International Master title, while the first-placed player additionally earns a norm towards the Grandmaster title. In the girls' championship, the top three players after tiebreaks all earn the Woman International Master title, while the first-placed player additionally earns a norm towards the Woman Grandmaster title.[6]


Open championshipEdit

Results are taken from Olimpbase[4] unless otherwise indicated.

Year Host city Winner
1977 Baguio, Philippines   Murray Chandler (NZL)
1978 Tehran, Iran   Vaidyanathan Ravikumar (IND)
1979 Sivakasi, India   Wong Meng Kong (SIN)
1980 Baguio, Philippines   Domingo Ramos (PHI)
1981 Dhaka, Bangladesh   Ricardo de Guzman (PHI)
1982 Baguio, Philippines   Marlo Micayabas (PHI)
1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Ruben Gunawan (INA)[7]
1984 Coimbatore, India   Viswanathan Anand (IND)
1985 Hong Kong   Viswanathan Anand (IND)
1986 Manila, Philippines   Enrico Sevillano (PHI)
1988 Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Shane Hill (AUS)[8]
1989 Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Rogelio Barcenilla (PHI)
Feb 1991 Kozhikode, India   Rogelio Barcenilla (PHI)[9]
Sep 1991 Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Andi Supardi Suhendra (INA)[10]
1992 Doha, Qatar   Khatanbaatar Bazar (MGL)[11]
1993 Doha, Qatar   Nguyen Khai (VIE)[12]
1994 Shah Alam, Malaysia   Nelson Mariano II (PHI)
1995 Tehran, Iran   Darmen Sadvakasov (KAZ)[13]
1996 Macau   Wu Wenjin (CHN)
1997 Jaipur, India   Abhijit Kunte (IND)
1998 Rasht, Iran   Tejas Bakre (IND)
1999 Vũng Tàu, Vietnam   Krishnan Sasikiran (IND)
2000 Mumbai, India   Tejas Bakre (IND)
2001 Tehran, Iran   Nguyễn Thanh Sơn (VIE)
2002 Marawila, Sri Lanka   J. Deepan Chakkravarthy (IND)
2003 Negombo, Sri Lanka   Magesh Chandran Panchanathan (IND)
2004 Bikaner, India   Subramanian Arun Prasad (IND)
2006 New Delhi, India   Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn (VIE)
2007 Mumbai, India   Karthikeyan Pandian (IND)
2008 Chennai, India   Ashwin Jayaram (IND)
2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Ashwin Jayaram (IND)
2010 Chennai, India   Baskaran Adhiban (IND)
2011 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Shyam Sundar (IND)
2012 Tashkent, Uzbekistan   Srinath Narayanan (IND)
2013 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates   Srinath Narayanan (IND)
2014 Tagaytay, Philippines   Srinath Narayanan (IND)
2015 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   Masoud Mosadeghpour (IRI)
2016 New Delhi, India   Aravindh Chithambaram (IND)
2017 Shiraz, Iran   Trần Tuấn Minh (VIE)
2018 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia   Novendra Priasmoro (INA)
2019 Surakarta, Indonesia   Nguyễn Anh Khôi (VIE)

Girls' championshipEdit

Results between 1988 and 1996 are incomplete. Later results are taken from Olimpbase[14] unless otherwise indicated.

Year Host city Winner
1985 Adelaide, Australia   Anupama Abhyankar (IND)
  Audrey Wong (MAS)[15][16]
1988 Adelaide, Australia   Xie Jun (CHN)[a]
1991 Philippines[18] ?
1993 Adelaide, Australia   Saheli Dhar (IND)[19]
1994 Shah Alam, Malaysia   Zhu Chen (CHN)[20]
1996 Macau   Xu Yuhua (CHN)[2]
1997 Jaipur, India   Li Ruofan (CHN)[21]
1998 Rasht, Iran   Nguyễn Thị Dung (VIE)
1999 Vũng Tàu, Vietnam   Wang Yu (CHN)[22]
2000 Mumbai, India   Koneru Humpy (IND)
2001 Tehran, Iran   M. Kasturi (IND)
2002 Marawila, Sri Lanka   Tania Sachdev (IND)
2003 Negombo, Sri Lanka   Prathiba Yuvarajan (IND)
2004 Bikaner, India   Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm (VIE)
2006 New Delhi, India   Mary Ann Gomes (IND)
2007 Mumbai, India   Mary Ann Gomes (IND)
2008 Chennai, India   Mary Ann Gomes (IND)
2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Padmini Rout (IND)
2010 Chennai, India   Võ Thị Kim Phụng (VIE)
2011 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Bhakti Kulkarni (IND)
2012 Tashkent, Uzbekistan   Ivana Maria Furtado (IND)
2013 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates   Võ Thị Kim Phụng (VIE)
2014 Tagaytay, Philippines   Mikee Charlene Suede (PHI)
2015 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan   Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (UZB)
2016 New Delhi, India   Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh (MGL)
2017 Shiraz, Iran   Ivana Maria Furtado (IND)
2018 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia   Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh (MGL)
2019 Surakarta, Indonesia   Assel Serikbay (KAZ)


  1. ^ In 1988, the Asian Girls' Junior Championship was incorporated into the World Girls' Junior Championship. Xie Jun tied for second place and received the Asian title as the highest-placed player from Asia.[17]

See alsoEdit


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