Reports | May 29, 2012 16:37

Double victory for China at Asian Nations Chess Cup

Double victory for China at Asian Nations Chess Cup

China won the gold medals in both the open and women's sections at the Asian Team Championship in Zaozhuang, Shandong (China). The tournament lasted 9 rounds and included some of the strongest Asian chess players such as Wang Hao, Krishnan Saskiran, Le Quang Liem, Li Chao, Harikrishna Pentala and Wang Yue.

Best of the Asian nations: China 1, with L-R Li Chao, Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi and Wang Hao | Photo by Fan Lulu

Event  Asian Nations Chess Cup | Chess-resultsPGN via TWIC
Dates May 17th-26th, 2012
Location Zaozhuang, Shandong, China
System 9-round, teams
Players

Top players included Wang Hao, Sasikiran Krishnan, Le Quang Liem, Li Chao, Harikrishna Pentala, Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Gupta Abhijeet and Negi Parimarjan

The Asian Nations Chess Cup took place May 19-26 in Zaozhuang, Shandong, China with both an open section and a women section. The open section included 14 teams which played 9 rounds. After beating Iraq 4-0 and Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5, China 1 (the host country played with two teams) met its first real opponent in the third round. The match against India was a fierce fight, and eventually ended in 2-2 with four decisive games:

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The playing hall of the Asian Nations Cup

China 1 won all other matches in the remainder of the tournament. The toughest was in round 5 against Vietnam, which was decided on board 3:

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India won the silver medals because they played 2-2 in two other matches: against China 2 and against Vietnam. The second team from China in fact finished a point ahead of Vietnam to take bronze.

Asian Nations Chess Cup 2012 | Final standings

Rk. SNo   Team Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5
1 1   China 1 CHN 1 9 8 1 0 17 28.5 0 178.75 271.0
2 2   India IND 9 6 3 0 15 26.5 0 146.25 239.0
3 4   China 2 CHN 2 9 5 3 1 13 23.5 0 102.75 174.0
4 3   Vietnam VIE 9 5 2 2 12 25.5 0 80.00 180.5
5 6   Iran IRI 9 5 1 3 11 22.5 0 68.25 145.0
6 7   Singapore SIN 9 5 0 4 10 22.0 0 51.50 128.0
7 12   Indonesia INA 9 4 2 3 10 20.0 0 48.75 94.0
8 5   Kazakhstan KAZ 9 4 1 4 9 17.5 0 81.75 155.5
9 9   Iraq IRQ 9 4 1 4 9 17.0 0 41.50 70.0
10 8   Mongolia MGL 9 3 2 4 8 17.5 0 68.25 138.0
11 11   Korea KOR 9 2 1 6 5 13.5 0 12.50 52.0
12 10   Yemen YEM 9 2 1 6 5 11.0 0 13.75 34.0
13 13   Hong Kong HKG 9 1 0 8 2 5.5 0 1.50 24.0
14 14   ChineseTaipei TPE 9 0 0 9 0 1.5 0 0.00 0.0

The women's section went even better for China: their first team won all their matches while their second team edged out India on tiebreak to clinch the silver medals.

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randomIndian's picture

congrats china!
maybe india would have won if anand was playing here but he's busy with WC..

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