Chess in Iran – the Premier League

6/17/2008 – Ten teams are part of this league, which is played on weekends (Fridays in Iran) in different cities all over Iran. The first rounds started this year, 1387 according to the Iranian calendar. Sixty players, including five GMs, four IMs and nine FMs were present – one was very sadly missed: GM Karen Asrian, who passed away tragically last week. Pictorial report by Arash Akbarinia.

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Chess in Iran – the Premier League

A report by FM Arash Akbarinia

The Iranian Premier League is a double round robin tournament and takes place in different cities of Iran through the year. Before we start we would like to mention that the Iranian calendar is slightly different to the Gregorian calendar used in the West. The Iranian Calendar is an astronomical solar calendar, which starts at the beginning of spring and finishes at the end of winter. Friday is the sole weekend, and the other six days are working days. This year is 1387 (= 2008-2009). Ten clubs, with teams consisting of six players (including two reserves) participated in the “Thinkers Cup”, another name of the Iranian Premier Chess League.

In memoriam

The first round of the Iranian Premier League started on Thursday June 12th on the building of the Iranian Chess Federation. Before the arbiters started the clocks there was a minute's silence in honour of Grandmaster Karen Asrian’s memory. He passed away very suddenly and tragically just a few days ago. Asrian was supposed to play on the Fajr-e-Shams-e-Atieh club team in this tournament, but very unfortunately that was not to be.


A great guy like Karen is loved everywhere! His photo in the playing hall.

I was reading a poem, but do not who is the poet, and think it suits Karen.

God looked around his Garden and found an empty place.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering; he knew you were in pain.
And knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw your path was difficult, he closed your tired eyes,
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly.
When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain,
We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again.
You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide,
You live on through your children, you're always by our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home

 

Karen played in the Iranian League Cup just a few months ago. He also trained the Iran National Team for some period of time.


Last March, Karen won the Iranian League Cup with the ”Fajr-e-Shams-e-Atieh” club. From right to left: GM Elshan Moradi, GM Karen Asrian from Armenia, GM Levon Pantsulaia from Georgia, Mr. Ghaffarian, director of club, GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, GM Morteza Mahjoob, Mr. Alireza Amani, supervisor of the club.

 

GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, the leading chess player in Iran, gave a speech before the start of the tournament. He sorrowfully announced the passing of his good friend GM Karen Asrian, one of leading chess players of Armenia, and on behalf of the Iranian Chess Community expressed his sincere condolences to Karen’s family, friends and the entire World Chess Community.

Iranian Premier League

This league enjoys the participation of sixty players, fifty-six of them holders of international ratings, including five GMs, which will be raised to eight in the next round, four IMs and nine FMs. So let’s take a brief look at the results of the first round.

Fajr-e-Shams-e-Atieh, a financial institute, the favorite to win the tournament, crushed Mazandaran, a beautiful and green province on the south coast of the Caspian Sea, quite easily.

2

Fajr Shams Atieh Rtg

4:0

9

Mazandaran Rtg

GM

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2604

1-0

-

Amini Amer 2188

GM

Moradiabadi Elshan 2499

1-0

-

Lamei Hossein 2154

GM

Mahjoob Morteza 2488

1-0

-

Valizadeh Ali 2037

FM

Moosavian S.Hamed 2404

1-0

-

Sheykh Hassani Bardia 0

GM Elshan Moradi 2499 (Fajr-e-Shams-e-Atieh) won his game against Hossein Lameie, 2154, (Mazandaran), a famous rap singer in Iran! This semester, Elshan will graduate from the Chemistry School of Sharif University of Technology, the best known university of Iran.

Rahahan, the Iranian railway company, defender of the championship title, beat Esfahan 3-1. Esfahan is a province located south of the capital Tehran, and because of its many famous historical places, there is a proverb in Persian “Esfahan nesf-e-jahan” which means "Esfahan is half of the world".

5

  Rahahan Tehran Rtg

3:1

6

  Esfahan Rtg

IM

Alavi Sayed Javad 2435

1-0

-

Soleimani Shantiya 2149

FM

Toufighi Homayoon 2426

1-0

-

Abbasi Rasool 2201

FM

Akbarinia Sayed Arash 2322

0-1

-

Ryahi Naser 2216

-

Noroozi Omid 2274

1-0

-

Kheiri A.R. 2177


Eighteen-year-old FM Homayoun Tofighi, 2426, Rahahan, beat Rasool Abbasi, 2201, Esfahan. Homayoun is champion of Iran in the junior section and plays blitz and bullet very well. He is one of top ranked players on Playchess, with the ID Lilipo0o0o0t.

Daneshgah-e-Azad, Azad University, defeated Gilan, a province that lies along the Caspian Sea, 2.5-1.5. If students of Daneshgah-e-Azad want to stay in the championship race, they must win more convincingly.

4

Daneshgah Azad Eslami Rtg

2½:1½

7

Bayat Beton Gilan Rtg

GM

Ghane Shojaat 2424

1-0

FM

Moradi Behrooz 2250

GM

Bagheri Amir 2496

½-½

FM

Soozankar A.M. 2221

FM

Shaarbaf Mohsen 2417

1-0

-

Vaghar Mohsen 2225

IM

Darban Morteza 2394

0-1

-

Sadeh Shahin 2222


GM Amir Bagheri 2496 (Daneshgah-e-Azad) spoiled his completely winning position with a draw against FM Amir Mohammad Soozankar 2221 (Gilan). Amir gave an interview to state television before the opening ceremony. He has gained experience by playing in European leagues.

In the other games, Hamedan province played versus its neighborhood province Markazi and narrowly won 2.5-1.5.

1 Hamedan Rtg
2½:1½
10
Markazi Rtg
- Manochehri Hamed 2108
1-0
-
Shamsi Mohammadhossein 2184
- Asadi Sadegh 2090
1-0
-
Atabaki Mehdi 2054
- Lahimi Ariz 2079
½-½
-
Shamsi Mohammadhassan 2002
- Valadi Mohammadreza 1934
0-1
-
Pooreraghian Mohammadreza 1742


Member of Markazi Club, waiting for their opponents. From right: Mohammad Reza Pooreraghian (1742), Mohammad Hassan Shamsi (2002), Mehdi Atabaki (2054) and Mohammad Hossein Shamsi (2184).

And finally, Bank-e-Tosse-e-Saderat, vice champion of the Iran League Cup, won 2.5-1.5 against Mohandesi-e-Ab-e-Zanjan. Sitting in a valley of the Zagros Mountains, Zanjan is a province in the northwest of Iran. In this region people speak mainly Azeri.

3
Bank Tosse Saderat Rtg
2½:1½
8
Mohandesi Ab Zangan Rtg
-
Khaghani Babak 2314
0-1
-
Khalesi Vahid 2219
FM
Hashemi S. 2277
1-0
-
Moradi Mostafa 2149
-
Ramezan Nejad A. 2157
½-½
-
Navarchi Mehrdad 2024
-
Tavakol Alireza 2085
1-0
-
Mousavi Emadeddin 0


Emadeddin Mousavi (Mohandesi-e-Ab-e-Zanjan) takes a short nap after his game!

Second round

The second round of Iranian Premier League also took place this week, on Friday June 13th (the third and fourth rounds will be held in Sari, the capital city of Mazandaran, a province in the northern part of Iran). Because of taking pictures in the first round I lost my game. What an excuse! So in the second round I did not take any pictures, and it worked, I won my game. So let’s take an unillustrated look at the second round results.

10

Markazi Rtg

1½:2½

6

Esfahan Rtg

-

Shamsi Mohammadhossein 2184

0-1

-

Soleimani Shantiya 2149

-

Atabaki Mehdi 2054

0-1

-

Abbasi Rasool 2201

-

Shamsi Mohammadhassan 2002

½-½

-

Ryahi Naser 2216

-

Pooreraghian Mohammadreza 1742

1-0

-

Kalantari B 2111

7

Bayat Beton Gilan Rtg

½:3½

5

Rahahan Tehran Rtg

FM

Aryanejad Hossein 2257

0-1

IM

Alavi Sayed Javad 2435

FM

Moradi Behrooz 2250

½-½

FM

Toufighi Homayoon 2426

FM

Soozankar A.M. 2221

0-1

FM

Akbarinia Sayed Arash 2322

-

Sadeh Shahin 2222

0-1

-

Noroozi Omid 2274

8

Mohandesi Ab Zangan Zanjan Rtg

0:4

4

Daneshgah Azad Eslami Tehran Rtg

-

Khalesi Vahid 2219

0-1

GM

Ghane Shojaat 2424

-

Moradi Mostafa 2149

0-1

GM

Bagheri Amir 2496

-

Navarchi Mehrdad 2024

0-1

FM

Shaarbaf Mohsen 2417

-

Mousavi Emadeddin 0

0-1

IM

Ardeshi Mehrdad 2377

9

Mazandaran Rtg

1½:2½

3

Bank Tosse Saderat Tehran Rtg

-

Amini Amer 2188

1-0

-

Khaghani Babak 2314

-

Lamei Hossein 2154

0-1

FM

Hashemi S. 2277

-

Valizadeh Ali 2037

½-½

-

Salehzadeh M.r. 2111

-

Sheykh Hassani Bardia 0

0-1

-

Ramezan Nejad A. 2157

1

Hamedan Rtg

0:4

2

Fajr Shams Atieh Tehran Rtg

-

Manochehri Hamed 2108

0-1

GM

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2604

-

Asadi Sadegh 2090

0-1

GM

Moradiabadi Elshan 2499

-

Lahimi Ariz 2079

0-1

GM

Mahjoob Morteza 2488

-

Valadi Mohammadreza 1934

0-1

FM

Moosavian S.Hamed 2404

Ranking table after the second round

Rk. Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

 TB1 

1 Fajr Shams Atieh Tehran
 * 
4
4

8.0

2 Daneshgah Azad Eslami Tehran
 * 
4

6.5

3 Rahahan Tehran
 * 
3

6.5

4 Bank Tosse Saderat Tehran
 * 

5.0

5 Esfahan
1
 * 

3.5

6 Markazi
 * 

3.0

7 Hamedan
0
 * 

2.5

8 Bayat Beton Gilan
½
 * 

2.0

9 Mohandesi Ab Zangan Zanjan
0
 * 

1.5

10 Mazandaran
0
 * 

1.5

Unfortunately the games are not available.


The author: FM Arash Akbarinia, 2322


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