11th Asian Continental Chess Championships

5/8/2012 – They are being held from May 4th to 14th 2012 at the First Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Lots of interesting players – China, India and Vietnam are fast becoming super-powers in chess. However, top seed Le Quang Liem lost his first round game, and 20-year-old Indonesian WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar is leading the women's section. Lots of pictures and some really great video reports.

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The 11th Asian Continental/Individual Open and Women's Chess Championships are taking place from May 4th to 14th 2012 at the First Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.

The tournament is a Swiss of 11 rounds. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offer is not allowed before 30th move. The Total prize fund is US $65,000, with the winner of the open section getting $6,000 and the winner of the women's $3,000.


At the opening ceremony, the national anthem


A dance recital to kick things off


Technical meeting before the start of round one


The start of round one


Round one board one shocker: Chinese GM Xiu Deshun, rated 2494, beat top seed
GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, rated 2703, with the black pieces


Top Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta, rated 2644


Indian GM B. Adhiban, rated 2555


Vietnamese GM Cao Sang, rated 2513


Top seed in the Women's (by 100 points) GM Zhao Xue of China, rated 2549


Wang Jue of China, untitled but rated 2364


WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs of Mongolia, rated 2363


Indian IM Nisha Mohota, rated 2321


WGM Le Thanh Tu of Vietnam, rated 2313


WGM Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia, rated 2288, currently leading with 3.0/3

Report and photos by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh

Open section

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 IM Liu Qingnan CHN 2483 3.0
2 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2626 3.0
3 IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2502 2.5
4 FM Novita Anjas INA 2304 2.5
5 GM Ding Liren CHN 2679 2.5
6 GM Zhao Jun CHN 2577 2.5
7 GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2550 2.5
8 GM Sethuraman S P IND 2546 2.5
9 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2517 2.5
10 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2507 2.0
11 IM Kuderinov Kirill KAZ 2493 2.0
12 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2494 2.0
  IM Nezad Husein Aziz QAT 2393 2.0
14 IM Gao Rui CHN 2427 2.0
  FM Wei Yi CHN 2376 2.0
16 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2703 2.0
17 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2640 2.0
18 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2609 2.0
19 GM Ghaem Maghami E. IRI 2579 2.0
20 GM Wen Yang CHN 2550 2.0
21 IM Gundavaa Bay. MGL 2516 2.0
22 WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2529 2.0
  IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2528 2.0
24 GM Salem A R Saleh UAE 2528 2.0
25 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2521 2.0
26 GM Cao Sang VIE 2513 2.0
 

Women's section

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2288 3.0
2 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs MGL 2363 3.0
3 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2301 2.5
4 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2549 2.5
5 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2451 2.5
6 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 2356 2.5
7 WGM Ding Yixin CHN 2353 2.5
8 IM Mohota Nisha IND 2321 2.0
9 WIM Yanjindulam Dul. MGL 2214 2.0
10 WGM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2390 2.0
11 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2430 2.0
12   Wang Jue CHN 2364 2.0
13 WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 2313 2.0
14 WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2309 2.0
15 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2417 2.0
16 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2353 2.0
  WIM Le Kieu Thien Kim VIE 2239 2.0
18 WFM Zhai Mo CHN 2248 2.0
19 WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2338 1.5
    Pratyusha Bodda IND 2123 1.5
21 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2378 1.5
22 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2345 1.5
23 WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2286 1.5
24 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty IND 2208 1.5
25 WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y VIE 2238 1.0
26 WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2237 1.0

Video reports by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh


Introduction and opening ceremony (2:20 min into the video) and the start of round one


Action from the playing hall, interviews (with captions in English!) and analysis with ChessBase graphics. You
should definitely go to 3:40 min for an enchanting wrap-up, including typical Vietnamese implosive consonants


Roud three report, with nice interviews with Sukandar Irine Kharisma and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, and then two
wonderfully cute – there, we said it! – Vietnamese anchors summarising the round in news-room style.


Links

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