E.Enkh-Amgalan and G.Otgontuya take victory at State Amateur Chess Tournament
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Constitution Day, Parliament and the Mongolian Chess Federation have co-organized the State Amateur Chess Tournament 2017 at the State Palace from January 7 to 8.
M.Enkhbold, speaker of Parliament, opened the tournament and said, “Mongolia adopted its new Constitution on January 13, 1992, and commemorating the day, the State Amateur Chess Tournament is being organized for the sixth consecutive year by the Parliament of Mongolia and the Mongolian Chess Federation. I am happy to see that the number of players and the scope of the competition have been increasing year by year. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who contributed to the development of chess in Mongolia”.
The 2017 State Amateur Chess Tournament is the sixth contest that brought over 7,000 players from across the country, which began in November 2013. In the final eight rounds, 134 competitors played in the Swiss system, of which 100 men and 34 women players for the championship titles.
In the men’s category, E.Enkh-Amgalan collected the maximum of eight points, becoming the winner of the State Amateur Chess Tournament 2017, while M.Altangerel and B.Nasanjargal took second and third places respectively.
The women’s event was led by G.Otgontuya, with L.Munkhzaya and M.Jargalsaikhan in second and third. All three women are from Ulaanbaatar. As is customary, organizers nominated D.Naidan as the leading senior player and parliamentarian G.Zandanshatar was proclaimed as the “intellectual amateur player” of the 2017 event.
Anyone who is above 18 and doesn’t have any chess titles can participate in the State Amateur Chess Tournament.
The winners receive the title Vice Chess Master and gain the right to compete in the Asian Amateur Chess Championships.