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Negi wins 11th Asian Continental Chess Championship

5/15/2012 – Parimarjan Negi of India, once the world's youngest grandmaster, has won the very strong Asian Championship. In the women's section Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia triumphed. The highlight of the championship was the exceptional video reporting by Iranian FIDE official Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh. Take time, watch these reports with the two enchanting Vietnamese anchors.
 

The 11th Asian Continental/Individual Open and Women's Chess Championships took place from May 4th to 14th 2012 at the First Hotel, in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. The main tournament was a Swiss of 11 rounds, with time controls or 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.

Top results of the Open in Classical Chess


Parimarjan Negi (center) with silver medalist GM Yu Yangyi of China (left) and
bronze medalist GM Saleh Salem of the United Arab Emirates.

Rk.
Title
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts.
TB2
TB3
1
GM
Negi Parimarjan
2640
IND
7.0
2560
46.5
2
GM
Yu Yangyi
2626
CHN
7.0
2564
45.5
3
GM
Salem A R Saleh
2528
UAE
6.5
2554
45.0
4
IM
Liu Qingnan
2483
CHN
6.0
2608
46.5
5
GM
Barbosa Oliver
2550
PHI
6.0
2561
45.5
6
GM
Ding Liren
2679
CHN
6.0
2542
45.0
7
GM
Ni Hua
2673
CHN
6.0
2537
39.0
8
GM
So Wesley
2653
PHI
6.0
2509
39.0
9
GM
Wen Yang
2550
CHN
6.0
2482
39.0
10
GM
Lu Shanglei
2522
CHN
6.0
2462
37.5
11
Ma Qun
2481
CHN
5.5
2608
39.0
12
GM
Gomez John Paul
2507
PHI
5.5
2598
47.5
13
Yu Ruiyuan
2511
CHN
5.5
2578
40.0
14
IM
Wang Chen
2482
CHN
5.5
2569
36.0
15
GM
Xiu Deshun
2494
CHN
5.5
2561
42.5
16
GM
Le Quang Liem
2703
VIE
5.5
2552
45.5
17
IM
Gao Rui
2427
CHN
5.5
2548
43.0
18
IM
Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan
2516
MGL
5.5
2532
42.0
19
GM
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
2656
VIE
5.5
2517
40.0
20
IM
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi
2528
IND
5.5
2488
40.5
21
IM
Venkatesh M R
2517
IND
5.5
2466
38.0

Top results of the Women's Championship in Classical Chess


Mary Ann Gomes, Irine Kharisma Sukandar and Tan Zhongyi, together with Asian
Chess Federation President Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan

Rk.
Title
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts.
TB2
TB3
1
WGM
Sukandar Irine Kharisma
2288
INA
7.0
2413
47.5
2
WGM
Gomes Mary Ann
2378
IND
6.5
2358
43.0
3
WGM
 
2430
CHN
6.5
2342
44.5
4
WGM
Ding Yixin
2353
CHN
6.5
2339
44.5
5
Wang Jue
2364
CHN
6.5
2313
43.0
6
GM
Zhao Xue
2549
CHN
6.0
2358
44.5
7
WGM
Le Thanh Tu
2313
VIE
5.5
2356
41.0
8
IM
Karavade Eesha
2353
IND
5.5
2340
44.0
9
WGM
Padmini Rout
2345
IND
5.5
2263
38.5
10
WGM
Guo Qi
2360
CHN
5.5
2221
34.0
11
WGM
Nguyen Thi Thanh An
2301
VIE
5.0
2387
45.0
12
WIM
Nakhbayeva Guliskhan
2309
KAZ
5.0
2379
39.0
13
IM
Mohota Nisha
2321
IND
5.0
2368
42.5
14
WIM
Yanjindulam Dulamsuren
2214
MGL
5.0
2362
38.5
15
IM
Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2451
MGL
5.0
2354
42.5
16
WFM
Zhai Mo
2248
CHN
5.0
2335
38.5
17
WGM
Pham Le Thao Nguyen
2390
VIE
5.0
2326
39.5
18
IM
Tania Sachdev
2417
IND
5.0
2308
37.0
19
Ni Shiqun
2157
CHN
5.0
2299
33.5
20
WGM
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
2363
MGL
5.0
2270
38.5
21
WFM
Medina Warda Aulia
2172
INA
5.0
2260
31.0

Open Blitz Championship

On his arrival in Ho Chi Minh, Sheikh Sultan donated cash to increase the prizes for the blitz to $6,900. GM Wesley So of the Philippines (above center) won gold, IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam silver and GM Ding Liren of China bronze.

Rk.
Title
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts.
TB2
TB3
1
GM
So Wesley
2653
PHI
7.5
2570
37.0
2
IM
Nguyen Van Huy
2502
VIE
7.0
2553
31.5
3
GM
Ding Liren
2679
CHN
7.0
2537
33.5
4
GM
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
2656
VIE
7.0
2515
31.0
5
GM
Yu Yangyi
2626
CHN
6.5
2542
35.0
6
GM
Adhiban B
2555
IND
6.5
2529
33.0
7
GM
Negi Parimarjan
2640
IND
6.5
2528
31.0
8
GM
Xiu Deshun
2494
CHN
6.5
2520
33.5
9
IM
Venkatesh M R
2517
IND
6.0
2621
38.5
10
GM
Paragua Mark
2521
PHI
6.0
2524
33.5
11
GM
Lu Shanglei
2522
CHN
6.0
2512
30.0
12
GM
Zhou Jianchao
2609
CHN
6.0
2492
32.0
13
GM
Salem A R Saleh
2528
UAE
6.0
2396
25.5
14
GM
Cao Sang
2513
VIE
5.5
2603
35.5
15
IM
Kuderinov Kirill
2493
KAZ
5.5
2600
32.5
16
IM
Liu Qingnan
2483
CHN
5.5
2565
36.0
17
IM
Lou Yiping
2428
CHN
5.5
2548
30.5
18
IM
Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan
2516
MGL
5.5
2525
30.0
19
GM
Zhao Jun
2577
CHN
5.5
2503
33.0
20
GM
Sethuraman S P
2546
IND
5.5
2479
28.0
21
GM
Ni Hua
2673
CHN
5.5
2463
27.5
22
GM
Barbosa Oliver
2550
PHI
5.5
2446
28.0

Women's Blitz Championship


In the women's division, three Chinese finished in a three-way tie with seven points
each: Wang Jue won silver, GM Zhao Xue gold, and WGM Tan Zhongyi bronze.

Rk. Title Name Rtg FED Pts. TB2 TB3
1 GM Zhao Xue 2549 CHN 7.0 2338 35.5
2 Wang Jue 2364 CHN 7.0 2297 33.5
3 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2430 CHN 7.0 2275 28.0
4 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2301 VIE 6.5 2329 34.0
5 WIM Pham Bich Ngoc 2176 VIE 6.5 2424 35.5
6 WGM Swathi Ghate 2286 IND 6.0 2358 31.0
7 WGM Ding Yixin 2353 CHN 6.0 2356 33.0
8 WGM Guo Qi 2360 CHN 6.0 2329 30.5
9 WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2309 KAZ 6.0 2302 32.0
10 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram 2356 VIE 5.5 2400 36.5
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2529 CHN 5.5 2367 28.5
12 WFM Zhai Mo 2248 CHN 5.5 2298 26.0
13 WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung 2237 VIE 5.0 2366 35.5
14 IM Tania Sachdev 2417 IND 5.0 2360 32.5
15 IM Mohota Nisha 2321 IND 5.0 2293 25.5
16 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2451 MGL 5.0 2241 27.0
17 IM Karavade Eesha 2353 IND 5.0 2240 23.5
18 WIM Muminova Nafisa 2338 UZB 5.0 2164 22.0


All the winners: Mary Ann Gomes, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Zhao Xue, Wang Jue, Tan Zhongyi,
Yu Yangyi, Parimarjan Negi, Salem Saleh, Nguyen Van Huy, Ding Liren, Wesley So


Video reports by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh

The video reports that kept coming out of Ho Chi Minh city are by our old friend and colleague Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, who is an International FIDE arbiter, chess trainer and the treasurer of the Asian Chess Federation. He has a background in architecture and speaks fluent Persian, English and Arabic.

We have been egging Mehrdad on, telling him to make full use of his two charming anchors, the Vietnamese girls with the implosive consonants, who very bravely and with professional mien take us through the rounds, interview players.

It is difficult to express our feelings about these video reports. Theoretically chess fans just don't have the time to watch the large number of such reports that are being produced these days, but these are truly exceptional. Who would have thought that an Iranian would show us how to make chess reporting something really enjoyable. We urge you to watch a couple of these reports, which are between five and six and a half minutes long and very professional in their format.


Includes interviews with Le Quang Liem and analysis of games


Interview and analysis with Salem Abdolrahman Saleh


Interview and analysis with Parimarjan Negi


This report starts with the Vietnamese kitchen and food preparation. Interview and analysis with Eesha Karavadeh


A very interesting tour of the city, enchantingly commented by the two anchors, plus the final report


Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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