Ashwin Subramanian is a 40-year old engineering manager in Intel Corporation. He participated in the World Amateur Chess Organization (ACO) Championship (https://amateurchess.com/) and won the event with an amazing score of 7.5/9 points! He played in Group-D (ELO 1601-1800) and was the only unrated player in the field, the rest were all rated players.
In the category he played, there were a total of 80 chess players from 16 countries and his rating performance was 1991. Although there was a separate group for unrated players (Group-G: 0-1200 rating), Ashwin chose to play in Group-D so that he can compete with the players of more strength. The tournament was held from 13 May to 20 May in Kos Island in Greece. Out of the 9 rounds that he had played, he won 6 and drew 3 with no losses.
Ashwin Subramanian, second from left, won the ACO World Amateur Chess Championship (photo taken from this article about Ashwin by ChessBase India, where he also mentioned how my courses helped him win the tournament)
Ashwin has bought more than 15 RCA chess courses and he also met with me in Vellore, India (when I conducted my seminars there in 2015) and we even took a snap. 🙂 In the photo below, Ashwin is receiving his award for drawing the game with me in my simul.
He has taken photos and played simul with prominent chess players like Judit Polgar and Nihal Sarin. That said, he has been a very dedicated chess learner and a great player.
I would like to congratulate Ashwin, on behalf of the RCA Team, for his wonderful performance!
Also, I’d like to share with you some of his amazing games from the tournament. You can find and download the PGN of his games below:
P.S. What do you think of these games? You are also welcome to pass your congratulations to Ashwin in the comments below. 🙂 Also, if you have similar ‘success stories’, or if you have won some great games, please do send them to us at [email protected] or put them in the comments below.