Asian Nations Cup: Gold for India and China

by André Schulz
4/7/2016 – The Asian Nations Cup was played from 28th March to 5th April in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. India won the gold medal in the open tournament, silver went to China, bronze to Kazakhstan. In the women's tournament top favorite China won gold despite some setbacks while Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan won silver and bronze. Games and results...

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22 nations started in the Asian Nations Cup and played a nine-round Swiss tournament to fight for the right to represent Asia in the World Team Championship. The crucial encounter of the tournament came in round five when the big favorites China and India clashed. India won this match and managed to defend their lead till the very end. In the final India played against Vietnam and only needed a 2-2 draw to win gold. However, the Indians once again proved their confidence and strength and scored a clear 3-1 victory to win the tournament in style.

Krishnan Sasikiran won a fine game  against Anh Khoi Nguyen by exploiting an opening inaccuracy by his opponent with powerful play:

 

China scored a clear 4-0 against team from the United Arab Emirates and won silver. Kazakhstan won against Mongolia which brought them bronze.

The Indian team from (from left to right): Captain R.B. Ramesh,
Krishnan Sasikiran, Deep Sengupta, S.P. Sethuraman, B. Adhiban und Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.

Final standings

Rg. Snr Team Anz   +    =    -   Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 2 India 9 8 1 0 17 26,0 0
2 1 China 9 7 1 1 15 27,5 0
3 3 Kazakhstan 9 6 2 1 14 23,0 0
4 4 Iran 9 6 0 3 12 23,5 0
5 8 Uzbekistan 9 5 1 3 11 23,0 0
6 7 Mongolia 9 4 2 3 10 20,5 0
7 6 Bangladesh 9 5 0 4 10 20,5 0
8 9 UAE 1 9 5 0 4 10 18,5 0
9 5 Vietnam 9 4 1 4 9 20,5 0
10 11 Kyrgyzstan 9 4 1 4 9 19,5 0
11 10 Iraq 9 3 3 3 9 18,5 0
12 12 Lebanon 9 4 1 4 9 17,5 0
13 16 Afghanistan 9 4 1 4 9 17,0 0
14 14 Oman 9 4 1 4 9 15,5 0
15 15 Sri Lanka 9 3 2 4 8 15,0 0
16 13 Jordan 9 4 0 5 8 13,5 0
17 17 Palestine 9 3 1 5 7 16,0 0
18 19 UAE 2 9 3 1 5 7 14,0 0
19 20 Nepal 9 0 5 4 5 11,5 1
20 18 Kuwait 9 2 1 6 5 11,5 1
21 22 Tajikistan 9 0 3 6 3 13,0 0
22 21 UAE 3 9 0 2 7 2 10,5 0

Games

 

 

Women's tournament

In the women's tournament, which was played as a ten team round-robin tournament, China was clear favorite but things did not always go smoothly for the Chinese women. They had to concede a 2-2 draw against India and even lost to Uzbekisten.

In the match between Uzbekistan and China in round six Nufisa Numinova achieved a theoretically interesting and lively win against China's Ju Wenjun:

 

However, in the end the Chinese team still managed to win gold because no other team was as balanced - as can be seen from the list of the best players in which the five Chinese occupy places three to seven.

Nr.   Name EloI Team Pkt. Anz % Br.
1 WIM Gevorgyan Irina 2281 Uzbekistan 7,0 8 87,5 2
2 WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2384 India 7,0 9 77,8 3
3 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2518 China 6,0 7 85,7 2
4 GM Ju Wenjun 2568 China 6,0 8 75,0 1
5 WGM Lei Tingjie 2495 China 6,0 8 75,0 3
6 IM Guo Qi 2435 China 5,5 6 91,7 4
7 GM Zhao Xue 2504 China 5,5 7 78,6 1
8 WGM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2381 Kazakhstan 5,5 8 68,8 1
9 IM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2395 Mongolia 5,5 8 68,8 2
10 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2444 Mongolia 5,5 8 68,8 2

With 7.0/8 Irina Gevorgyan, Uzbekistan's board two, was the top-scorer of the tournament.

Final standings

Rg. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 China  *  3 2 4 4 4 15 29,0 0
2 Uzbekistan  *  1 0 3 4 3 4 14 22,5 0
3 Kazakhstan 1 3  *  2 4 4 13 24,0 0
4 India 2 4  *  2 4 4 4 12 25,5 0
5 Vietnam ½ 2  *  3 4 4 11 22,5 0
6 Mongolia ½ 1  *  4 4 4 10 21,5 0
7 Iran ½ 2 1  *  4 4 4 9 21,0 0
8 UAE - 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  *  2 3 4,5 0
9 Sri Lanka 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 2  *  2 2 5,5 0
10 UAE - 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 2  *  1 4,0 0

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bwutz bwutz 4/8/2016 01:14
Is there an error in the notation of the games?
See for example Sengupta, Deep2554–Alattar, Ghayda M1952 1–0
It looks completely winning for black though.
Mulyadi Mulyadi 4/8/2016 03:17
mantaplah,INDIA DAN CHINA
qiqiangzhu qiqiangzhu 4/7/2016 03:26
China didn't send the best team in men's competition?
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