Buddhika Amarasinghe of Sri Lanka wins Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2014 and Baimurzin Aitkazy of Kazakhstan wins Asian Senior Chess Championship 2014

Buddhika Amarasinghe of Sri Lanka won the Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2014 convincingly. He scored a total of 7.5 points out of possible 9 games at this nine round Swiss System Tournament to win the Championships outright.
Baimurzin Aitkazy of Kazakhstan was outstanding in his performance with 8.5 out of 9 games and no one was near him. He only got a draw from Sawadkuhi Massoud of Iran and won all other games.
The Asian Amateur and Senior Championships 2014 was held from 5th to 12th December 2014 at the beautiful Citrus Resort Hotel. On behalf of the Asian Chess Federation, the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka organized the event in a grand manner. Ten Countries, Brunei, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, UAE with Sri Lanka participated in the events.
Osheen De Silva and PD Senanayake tied with 7 points at the Asian Amateur Championship and Osheen won the Boronze medal with better tie breaker. Play offs were conducted for finding the Asian Amateur Women and Unrated prizes. Sri Lanka Women’s National Champion Dasuni Hansika Mendis won the Championship convincingly. Naduni Abeywardena of Sri Lanka won the Silver Medal while Miyuni Kavinya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka won the Bronze Medal. Young Dinithi Panchali Rathnayake, Women Candidate Master from Sri Lanka won the unrated category while Nihaya Ahmed from Maldives won the Silver Medal. Himya Ibrahim won the bronze in unrated category.
FIDE Master Sawadkuhi Massoud of Iran won the second place with 7 points. But, on the regulations he opted for the Asian Senior over 65 years Chess Championships, but he also opted for the second place cash Award. Ismail Ahmed , 6.5 points of Malaysia won the 3rd place but awarded the silver due to Mr. Massoud opted for Gold in over 65 event. Women Candidate Master Mrs. Helan Miligran with 6 points opted the Bronze medal instead of the Asian Senior Women Championship with another hope of a title. TDR Pieris of Sri Lanka tied with Ms Milligan but had to be 4th on the tie breaker. Abdulla Ibrahim and Ahmed Naeem, both from Maldives won the Silver and Bronze Medals of the Asian Senior Championships 2014 respectively.
Photo courtesy of Mr.Ruwan Gunarathne
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