China tops medal table at World School Chess Championship

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The 2015 World Schools Individual Chess Championships concluded at the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel on May 14.  The tournament gathered all chess federations and eligible players upon invitation of the ASEAN Chess Academy, World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Thailand Chess Association.

Children from some 34 countries gathered in Pattaya from May 6–14 aiming to do battle in nine rounds of competition, with China emerging as the biggest winner with a total of 14 medals including five gold, five silver and four bronze.  Azerbaijan took second place on the medal table with four golds while the Philippines claimed third with three gold, six silver and one bronze from its ten medal haul.

Neoh Kean Boon (centre), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, hands trophies to the winners of the Under-15 and 17 age categories for girls during the awards ceremony for the World Schools Individual Chess Championships 2015, Thursday, May 14.Neoh Kean Boon (centre), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya, hands trophies to the winners of the Under-15 and 17 age categories for girls during the awards ceremony for the World Schools Individual Chess Championships 2015, Thursday, May 14.

The event followed closely on the back of the Thailand Open Chess Championship, also held at the Dusit Thani Pattaya hotel in April, in which English grandmaster Nigel Short took home the title.