16th Asian Games - Kasimzhanov and Yifan are gold

11/18/2010 – The 16th Asian Games are underway, not to be confuse with the Asian Championship. This is a full-fledged Olympic sport event, with two full chess competitions in it. The first is an individual rapid event, men's and women's sections, followed by a tournament control team event. Rustam Kazimdzhanov and Hou Yifan brought gold to their countries. Here are the individual competitions.

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The 16th Asian Games have started, and take place from November 12th to the 27th. It is a full Olympic calibre event, with every sport you would expect, from gymnastics to swimming to... chess. The chess is divided into two events, the individual rapids, which are nine rounds of action with the men's and women's sections, and starting today, the team events, with 25 men's teams, and 20 women's teams, played at the slower 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment per move.

The men's individual rapid event finished with a photo finish between the 2004 FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdhzanov and Vietnamese rising-star Liem Le Quang, both with 7.5/9. Rustam took the gold as the first tie-break was direct confrontation, and he had beaten Liem in the seventh round. Le Quang therefore took silver, and branze was Chinese GM Bu Xiangzhi with 6.5/9.


Rustam Kasimzhanov won the Gold medal in the Men's Individual competition


Silver medalist Liem Le Quang


Bronze medalist Bu Xiangzhi playing Rustam Kasimdzhanov

In the women's individual event, elo-favorite Chinese GM Hou Yifan crushed the field with a merciless 8.5/9 and a 2798 performance, followed by her compatriot, Zhao Xue, on 7.5/9 and silver medal. Bronze was taken by 18-year-old Indian talent, IM Harika Dronavalli, rated 2525, with 6.5/9.


The Women's winner podium: Zhao Xue (silver), Hou Yifan (gold),
and Harika Dronavalli (bronze)

The event will now enter the team event stage, with teams of four players, battling it out over nine rounds, in slow and serious competition.

Men's final standings

Rk. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam
2685
7,5
2 GM Le Quang Liem
2689
7,5
3 GM Bu Xiangzhi
2680
6,5
4 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas
2623
6,5
5 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar
2644
6,0
6 GM Sadvakasov Darmen
2627
6,0
7 GM Megaranto Susanto
2528
6,0
8 FM Battulga Namkhai
2428
6,0
9 GM Sasikiran Krishnan
2688
5,5
10 GM Filippov Anton
2620
5,5
11 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
2628
5,5
12 GM Al-Sayed Mohammed
2502
5,5
13 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr
2573
5,5
14 GM So Wesley
2669
5,0
15 GM Ni Hua
2633
5,0
16 Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan
2472
5,0
17 GM Moradiabadi Elshan
2575
5,0
18 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan
2593
5,0
19 FM Minhazuddin Ahmed
2350
5,0
20 GM Murshed Niaz
2429
5,0

Women's final standings

Rk. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
1 GM Hou Yifan
2591
8,5
2 GM Zhao Xue
2474
7,5
3 IM Harika Dronavalli
2525
6,5
4 WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen
2337
6,0
5 WGM Bathimeg Tuvshintugs
2327
6,0
6 IM Tania Sachdev
2385
5,5
7 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram
2271
5,5
8 GM Zhu Chen
2477
5,5
9 WIM Muminova Nafisa
2360
5,5
10 WGM Paridar Shadi
2253
5,5
   

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