Asian Nations Cup – China dominates

5/24/2012 – The 2012 Asian Team Championship is underway from May 19 to May 26 in Zaozhuang, Shandong, China. The event brings together many of Asia's top players including Wang Hao (2730), Krishnan Saskiran (2720), Le Quang Liem (2703), and more. In the men's event, China has dominated with a stellar Wang Hao while they won the women's event in a clean sweep. Illustrated report with videos.

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The Asian Nations Chess Cup

The Asian Nations Chess Cup is underway from May 17 - 26 in Zaozhuang, Shandong, China. The event is a nine-round event bringing together many of Asia's top players including Wang Hao (2730), Krishnan Saskiran (2720), Le Quang Liem (2703), and more.


Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan makes the
ceremonial opening move on board one of top seed China vs. Iraq. Looking on are Zao
Zhuang Vice Mayor and Chinese Chess Association officials.

As the host country, China is fielding two teams in the men's section, and three in the women's section. In the men's competition, top-seed China 1 (avg. 2703) has taken off like a rocket, and the inspired players have only been held to a single team draw after seven rounds by second-ranked India (avg. 2674). The star of the competition has been first board Wang Hao with 5.0/6 and a hefty 2860 performance.


An arbiter overlooking the Indian team

Usually, such events in mainland China report results and reports in Chinese, with an assortment of pictures to be gleaned from a variety of sources, but not this time. Not only are there round-by-round reports in English, but the photo album provided actually has every player labeled (as a reporter, pictures of lesser-known players can be a headache), and the cherry on the top: video reports on every round. To be applauded.


China 2 and Vietnam start their match


The area has numerous places to visit and see


A Chinese wearing Robespierre's glasses?


A humorous scene in which the monkey holds the human with a collar to do tricks

Standings after seven rounds

Rk Team
Team
Gms
MPts
GPts 
1 China 1
CHN 1
7
6
1
0
13
22.5
2 India
IND
7
4
3
0
11
19.0
3 Kazakhstan
KAZ
7
4
1
2
9
16.5
4 China 2
CHN 2
7
3
3
1
9
15.5
5 Vietnam
VIE
7
3
2
2
8
18.0
6 Singapore
SIN
7
4
0
3
8
17.0
7 Mongolia
MGL
7
3
2
2
8
16.5
8 Iran
IRI
7
3
1
3
7
15.5
9 Iraq
IRQ
7
3
1
3
7
13.5
10 Indonesia
INA
7
2
2
3
6
13.0
11 Korea
KOR
7
2
1
4
5
12.0
12 Yemen
YEM
7
2
1
4
5
10.0
13 Hong Kong
HKG
7
1
0
6
2
5.5
14 ChineseTaipei
TPE
7
0
0
7
0
1.5


The tournament playing hall

The women's event was dominated by the top Chinese team playing with GM Zhao Zue (2549) on top board, and Zhao has been the star of the event as well with 4.5/5 and a 2708 performance. The Indian team, second seed but still yielding 64 Elo to the Chinese, also won all their matches but one: their loss to China 2 in the first round.


The Iranian women's team performed well, and had a very well balanced lineup

Final women's standings

Rk Team
Gms
  + 
  = 
  - 
 MPts 
1 China 1
7
7
0
0
14
2 India
7
6
0
1
12
3 China 2
7
5
0
2
10
4 China 3
7
3
3
1
9
5 Iran
7
2
2
3
6
6 Indonesia
7
1
3
3
5
7 Kazakhstan
7
2
1
4
5
8 Vietnam
7
1
2
4
4
9 Mongolia
7
1
1
5
3
10 Singapore
7
1
0
6
2

The event also included a team blitz competition in which the top Chinese teams declined to participate. The men's event was won by Vietnam, and the women's by China 2.

Pictures by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh

Video reports by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh


Video report on Opening ceremony and first round


Video report on the Blitz competitions


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