Sona Irish Youth Super Cup 2019

The competition is sponsored by Sona Vitamin, Armenian Chess Club and Irish Chess Union .

Sona Super Cup 2019

ICU's Junior officer's report: Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving.

Written by
Tarun Kanyamarla

Sona Irish Junior Super Cup finishes in style

Sona Irish Junior Super Cup finishes in style

Sona Super Cup started on the 2nd of November and completed on the 24th of November.

There were a total of 5 categories, U19, U16, U14, U12, U10 in which the U19 and the U16 were merged.

Prize Winners Under-10

1st place Arshakyan Arman 6.5/7
2nd place Ivanov Andrey 5.5/7
3rd place Liu Jason 4.5/7


1st place Kavin Venkatesan 6.5/7
2nd place Lara Putar 6.5/7
3rd place Atharva 4/7


1st place Leon Putar 6/7
2nd place Adam Collins 5/7
3rd place Avetisyan Gagik 3/7

Under-16 1st place Trisha 6/7
2nd place Utkarsh Gupta 4/7
3rd place Muhatarim Ul-Haque 3.5/7

Under 19 1st place Tarun Kanyamarla 6/7


There were 4 matches for a play-off. The Play-off regulations were both players will play 1 black and 1 white game with a time control of 3min+2sec increment, if after 2 games the score is 1-1, then players will play an Armageddon game. Armageddon rules are: white will have 5min and black will have 4 minutes, black only need to draw to clinch the victory for the match

Lara vs Kavin playing for 1st place in the Under 12 section

Top-seed of Under 12 section Kavin was placed 2nd on tiebreaks, but he proved to be stronger than Lara by defeating her 2-0.

Gagik vs Wang playing for 3rd place in the Under 14 section

Gagik vs Wang had 2 interesting endgames where Gagik came out at the top

Atharva vs Lievens playing for 3rd place in the Under 12 section

Atharva didn’t have a good performance in the second half of the tournament. Atharva lost his last three games consecutively against Lievens, Kavin, and Lara. He took his revenge by defeating Lievens 2-0

Tarun vs Trisha playing for 1st place Under 16/19

Brother-Sister duo had a nail-biting finish. The first game, Tarun played 1.Na3!


To surprise her sister, Tarun went on to win in a positional style. In the second game, Trisha didn’t lose hopes and played the second game with great tactical play and played a shocking tactic.

Can you find what did Trisha did here that shocked Tarun? White to play.

Trisha's tactical trick against Tarun - Sona Super Cup 2019
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Now the score was 1-1, now the match had to be decided by an Armageddon game. Watch the nail-biting Armageddon game

ICU's Junior officer's report

Sona Irish Youth Super Cup completed 2 days of the tournament. The next 2 days of the tournament will be on 23rd and 24th November. Chief Arbiter Ivan started the tournament. Thanks to Armenian Chess Club for organising this event. Watch the below video to view the opening ceremony.

Tournament Report, day #1 and #2

Under 10:
Arman (1434) top seeded of under 10 section is leading the field scoring 3.5/4. Liu Jason (734) drew against the top seed Arman.

Under 12:
Atharva Paibir (1333) 5th seed, is currently a Sole leader with a whopping 4/4! ICU interviewed Atharva to find the secret behind his outstanding performance, he says in last year Sona Super Cup, he got only 1 point out of 6. We will be posting Atharvas interview on ICU facebook page. Kavin and Lara battled each other which ended in a draw half a point behind Atharva. Kavin and Lara haven't played against Atharva yet, so it will be interesting to see how Kavin and Lara can stop mighty Atharva's lead. Lievens Karel didn't have a smooth start, he lost against Daniil Kashanin in the first round.

Under 14:
Leon Putar (1882) top seed of under 14 section is leading the field scoring 3.5/4.

Under 19:
Recently minted FM, Tarun showed his dominance, he scored 4/4, leading with one point. Darragh and Utkarsh played excellent games against Trisha and made a draw. Oisin showcased his magnificent opening preparation against James. James played Najdorf, Oisin played the sharpest and tricky poison pawn variation. James forgets the theory had suffered from a painful miniature game loss. James didn't lose his hopes, round 2, he played against Trisha with white pieces. James was clearly winning in the Rook endgame, Trisha Offered a draw in a losing position. James immediately turned down the offer and played a big blunder which cost him a full point.

Nandita (Junior's Officer)

This year's Jim Hussey Memorial Champion continues his winning streak at Sona Super Cup!

Interview with Paibir Atharva

Nandita (Junior's Officer)

Sona Super Cup 2018

20 Oct 2018, Opening ceremony and first day.

Sona Irish Youth Super Cup is underway in Dublin today!

Organisers have thought of everything to make a perfect tournament. Comfortable venue in Talbot hotel was set up with digital boards and clocks for all players in all categories, these went online in round 2 and you can follow them on here.

Before games, our sponsors Sona Vitamin organised video interviews with players, which will be up online shortly. We have also got newly qualified arbiter Neal Kirby to join Ivan Baburin in running the tournament. It is very good to see this as it would ensure better supervision of youth tournaments and make it comfortable to young players (with parents out of the way 😊). Each player got a small gift bag from Aylien in appreciation of taking part in this event.

There were few games postponed in round one and two, which will be played later. In U12, unfortunately Con Kirby could not play, and his place was taken by Carl Morrison. After round two there were few surprises, and overall the quality of the games was very high, and it is too early to call it results.

We will continue to give you update throughout the tournament - stay tune!

21 Oct 2018, Second day.

24 Nov 2018, Third day.

25 Nov 2018, Forth day.

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