Pourkashiyan won the Iranian Women's Championship 2009

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4/30/2009 – We return to this Championship, which had 14 participants and was won, for the third time, by WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, who scored 11/13 points. Bronze went to eleven-year-old WFM Sara Sadat Khademalsharieh. For those of you who have had enough flawless 2800 play for a while, here's a big pictorial report by Reza Mahdipour with highly enjoyable chess highlights from the event. Don't miss it!

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Pourkashiyan won the Iranian Women's Championship 2009

Wrap-up report by Reza Mahdipour

The Iranian Women Chess Championship started with 14 players, including two WGM, one WIM and four WFMs. The number of players was reduced to 13 after the sixth round, due to the drop-out of WGM Shadi Paridar, the former Iran Women's Champion. In the end, after 13 rounds of fight, 21-year-old WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan became Miss 2009 of Iranian Chess, having scored 11/13 points. The five best players of this tournament were given places in the Iranian Women Chess National team camp.

An interesting point was that Iranian Women's Championship 2009 was continued on the afternoon of Sizdah Bedar or “13 bedar”. The Chess Federation's building was not closed on this day and Round 9 was held normally! Sizdah Bedar (English: "getting rid of thirteen") is the Iranian Festival of Joy and Solidarity, celebrated on the 13th day of the new year and the month of Farvardin (corresponding to April 1 or 2, depending on whether it is a leap or non-leap year), the last day of the Nowruz (Iranian New Year) period. This is the last phase of the New Year's celebrations which begin in first day of spring. The custom is people spend their time outdoor e.g., in the parks or the countryside. It is believed that Joy and Laughter clean the mind from all evil thoughts, and the picnic is usually a festive or happy event. In 2009, Sizdah Bedar coincided with April 2. Some people tell jokes and big lies to each other as a fun or for laughing, calling it the thirteenth lie (this is very similar to April Fools). People will also release Nowruz's goldfish into a pond or river.

We presented the 2009 Iranian Women's Chess Championship Final in an extensive photo report after round seven, and return to it now with the final results and some chess highlights. The tournament was conducted under the FIDE time controls (90 min + 30 sec increment per move) in the building of the Iranian Chess Federation.

Final standings

Rnk. Title Name Rtg Pts.  TB1 
1 WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa 2272 11.0 62.25
2 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 1811 9.5 57.00
3 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh 2137 9.5 52.00
4 WFM Hakimifard Ghazal 2071 8.5 48.75
5 WFM Bayat Shohreh 1976 8.0 42.75
6 WFM Mahini Salman Mona 2088 7.0 39.50
7   Tajik Sareh 2018 7.0 35.75
8   Rahimi Tara 1876 6.0 31.50
9   Vakilpour Azin 1817 6.0 29.00
10   Zavar Mousavi Mehenoush 1879 6.0 27.25
11   Hammatizadeh N 1880 5.0 26.00
12   Alavi Homa 1904 4.5 21.25
13   Mahboobi Shiva 1744 3.0 12.00
14 WGM Paridar Shadi 2250 0.0 0.00

Pictures and games

The tournament hall during the final round of the 2009 Women's Championship

The youngest Iranian WFM Sara Sadat Khademalsharieh, the U-12 Asian Champion,
became in this tournament Vice-Champion as well! Sara just 11!!

WFM Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat (1811) - WFM Bayat,Shohreh (1976) [D05]
Iranian Women Chess Championship khadam (1), 2009
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bd3 d5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.b4 Bd6 10.b5 Ne7 11.c4 a6 12.Bb2 axb5 13.cxb5 Ng6 14.e4 Ba3 15.Bxa3 Rxa3 16.Bc2 Qa5 17.Qb1 Bd7 18.Qb2 Bxb5 19.Rfe1 Bc6 20.exd5 exd5 21.Bb3 Qb4 22.Nd4 Ra6 23.N2f3 Rfa8


24.Ne5 Nxe5 [overlooking the chance of 24...Rxa2! 25.Nd3 Qxe1+ 26.Rxe1 Rxb2] 25.Rxe5 Ne4?? Disappointment? 26.Rxe4! Kf8 [26...dxe4 27.Bxf7+ Kxf7 28.Qxb4] 27.Ne6+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

The happy family of Iranian super-talent Sara Sadat Khademalsharieh


Mahboobi,Shiva (1744) - Zavar Mousavi,Mehrnoush (1879) [B01]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (4), 2009
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bf4 c6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Qd2 e6 8.Bd3 Bb4 9.Nge2 Nbd7 10.0-0 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 0-0 12.a3 Be7 13.Ng3 Nh5 14.Nxh5 Qxh5 15.Rfe1 Rfd8 16.Re3 Nf8 17.Rd1 Ng6 18.Bg3 Bf6 19.Qe2 Qxe2 20.Nxe2 Rd7 21.f3 c5 22.Red3 cxd4 23.Nxd4 Rad8


24.c3?? Big mistake! 24...e5 0-1. [Click to replay]

Shiva Mahboobi from Karadj City, rated 1744

This is the third time that WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan wins the Iranian Women's
Championship. She did it without losing a single game.

WFM Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat (1811) - WGM Pourkashiyan,Atousa (2272) [E15]
Iranian Women Chess Championship khadam (4), 2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 Nf6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Re1 c5 14.e4 cxd4 15.Bxd4 dxc4 16.Nxc4 Bxc4 17.bxc4 Nd7 18.Qg4 e5 19.Bb2 Qc7 20.Red1 Rad8 21.Bh3 Nc5 22.Qe2 Na4 23.Rac1 Nxb2 24.Qxb2 Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Qxc4 26.Qxe5 Bc5 27.Qd5 Qe2 28.Rf1 g6 29.Bg2 h5 30.h4 Qb2 31.Bf3 a5 32.Qb3 Qd2 33.Qd5 Rd8 34.Qxd2 Rxd2 35.a4 Ra2 36.Bd1 Rd2 37.Bf3


37...Kg7 [Atousa missed 37...b5! 38.axb5 a4-+ 39.Bd1 a3 40.Bb3 Rb2 41.Bd5 a2 42.Bxa2 Rxa2 and Black wins] 38.e5 Bd4 [Again 38...b5! was possible] 39.Kg2 Ra2 40.Bc6 Kf8 41.Bb5 Ke7 42.Kf3 Bxe5 43.Re1 Kf6 44.Re2 Ra3+ 45.Kg2 Bd4 46.Rd2 Bc5 47.Re2 Kg7 48.Rd2 Ra1 49.Rd7 Rc1 50.Rd2 Kh6 51.Be8 Rc4 52.Bb5 Rb4 53.Bc6 f6 54.f4 Bd4 55.Re2 Bc5 56.Bb5 Rb1 57.Kh2 Rb3 58.Kg2 Rc3 59.Kh2 Kg7 60.Kg2 Be3 61.Kf3 Bd4+ 62.Kg2 Bc5 63.Kh2 Rc1 64.Be8 Kh6 65.Bb5 Bd4 66.Rd2 Bc3 67.Rd6 Rc2+ 68.Kh3 Be1 69.Re6 Bc3 70.Rc6 Rc1 71.Kg2 Bb2 72.Rxc1 Bxc1 73.Bc6 Bd2 74.Kf3 Be1 75.Bb5 Kg7 76.Be8 Bd2 77.Kg2 Kh6 78.Kf3 Kg7 79.Kg2 Be1 80.Kf3 Kh6 81.Kg2 g5 82.fxg5+ fxg5 83.hxg5+ Kxg5 84.Kf3 Bb4 85.Bb5 Be7 86.Be8 Bd8 87.Bb5 Kf6 88.Be8 Kg5 89.Bb5 Kf5 90.Bd7+ Ke5 91.Be8 h4 92.gxh4 Bxh4 93.Ke3 Kd5 94.Kd3 Kc5 95.Kc3 Be1+ 96.Kb3 Bb4 97.Bb5 Kd4 1/2-1/2. [Click to replay]

WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour, who is married to Iranian GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami

WIM Ghader Pour,Shayesteh (2137) - WFM Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat (1811) [A28]
Iranian Women Chess Championship khadam (5), 2009
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Bg5 0-0 7.e3 h6 8.Bh4 Ne5 9.Be2 Ng6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Ndb5 c6 12.a3 Ba5 13.Nd4 c5 14.Ndb5 a6 15.Nd6 Bxc3+ 16.bxc3 Qxc3+ 17.Kf1 Qf6 18.Rb1 Ne7 19.Qd3 b5 20.Ne4 Qc6 21.Nd6 bxc4 22.Qd1 Qc7 23.Bxc4 Rb8 24.Rxb8 Qxb8 25.h4 Bb7 26.Rh3 Nc8 27.Bxf7+ Rxf7 28.Nxf7 Kxf7 29.Qh5+ Kf8 30.Qxc5+ Qd6 31.Qxd6+ Nxd6 32.h5 Nc4 33.a4 Bc6 34.Rh4 Bxa4 35.Rf4+ Kg8 36.Ke1 Bb5 37.Rf5 Bc6 38.g4 d5 39.Kd1 Nd6 40.Re5 Kf7 41.g5 hxg5 42.Rxg5 a5 43.Rg6 Ba4+ 44.Ke1 Nc4 45.Rg5 Bc6?


46.e4 [46.Kd1 was required.] 46...a4 47.Rg6 Bb7 48.exd5 a3 49.Ke2 a2 50.Rg1 Na5 51.d6 Bc6 52.Rc1 Nb3 53.Rxc6 a1Q 54.Rc7+ Ke6 55.d7 Ke7 0-1. [Click to replay]

Iranian Women Blitz Champion WFM Shohreh Bayat

Zavar Mousavi,Mehrnoush (1879) - WFM Bayat,Shohreh (1976) [C10]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (5), 2009
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Bd3 Bc6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.Qe2 Ngf6 8.Neg5 Qe7 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.0-0 0-0-0 12.Nxh7 f6 13.exf6 gxf6 14.Nxf8 Rdxf8 15.Be3


15...Bxg2 16.Bf4 [16.Kxg2 Qg7+ 17.Kh1 Rxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Rh8+ and mate to follow.] 16...Rfg8 17.Bg3 Bxf1 18.Rxf1 Nc5 19.Rd1 Nxd3 20.Rxd3 e5 21.Qe4 Qh7 22.Qg2 f5 0-1. [Click to replay]

Mehrnoush Zavar Mousavi, who has returned to chess after a three-year pause!

Alavi,Homa (1904) - Tajik,Sareh (2018) [D40]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (7), 2009
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 c5 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Bd3 Nb4 10.Bb1 cxd4 11.exd4 Qa5 12.a3 Rd8 13.Bg5 Nbd5 14.Qc2 a6 15.b4


15...Nxb4?? 16.axb4 Qxb4 [discovering that the rook cannot be taken: 16...Qxa1 17.Ba2] 17.Bd2 Qb6 18.Ne4 Bd7 19.Ba5 1-0. [Click to replay]

Young Iranian chess players: 14-year-old WFM Ghazal Hakimifard,
11-year-old WFM Sara Sadat Khademalsharieh


WFM Hakimifard,Ghazal (2071) - WFM Mahini,Mona Salman (2088) [B81]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (7), 2009
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.g4 b5 8.g5 Nfd7 9.Qd2 Bb7 10.f3 Nb6 11.Bd3 N8d7 12.0-0-0 Rc8 13.h4 Ne5 14.Qe1 Nbc4 15.Bf2 Nxd3+ 16.Rxd3 Be7 17.Nce2 0-0 18.g6 hxg6 19.h5 g5 20.h6 g6 21.Nb3 Qc7 22.Qd1 Kh7 23.Bd4 e5 24.Bg1 b4 25.Ng3 Rfd8 26.Rh2 a5 27.Nd2 Ba6 28.Rd5 a4 29.Kb1


29...Na3+ [29...a3! 30.b3 Nb2 31.Qc1 Nd3 was a nicer chance.] 30.bxa3 bxa3 31.c4 Qb7+ 32.Kc2 Bxc4 33.Nxc4 Rxc4+ 34.Kd3 Rdc8 35.Ne2 Qb2 36.Ke3 Bd8 37.Kf2 Rc1 38.Qxa4 R8c2 39.Qa6 Bb6+ 40.Kg3 Rxg1+ 41.Kh3 Qb1 0-1. [Click to replay]

WFM Mona Salman Mahini, who is a masters student of Physical Education at Tehran University


WFM Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat (1811) - WFM Hakimifard,Ghazal (2071) [A48]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (10), 2009
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7 4.Nbd2 0-0 5.c3 d6 6.e4 h6 7.Bh4 Qe8 8.Be2 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Qc2 Nh5 12.Bg3 f5 13.exf5 Nxg3 14.hxg3 gxf5 15.Rfe1 Kh8 16.Nh4 Ne7 17.Bc4 b5 18.Bb3 Bb7 19.a4 a6 20.axb5 axb5 21.Rxa8 Bxa8 22.Ndf3 Be4


23.Rxe4 fxe4 24.Qxe4 c5 25.Nxe5 c4 26.Bc2 Nf5 27.Nhg6+ Kg8 28.Qd5+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

Former Asian Youth medalist 15-year-old WFM Ghazal Hakimifard, took the forth place

The General Secretary of the Iranian Chess Federation, IO Hadi Karimi, and the Head
of the Trainers Committee, FT Afshin Tehrani, at the closing ceremony


Alavi,Homa (1904) - WGM Pourkashiyan,Atousa (2272) [D27]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (11), 2009
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.Bxc4 c5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.b3 0-0 10.Bb2 cxd4 11.exd4 Qb6 12.Bd3 Rd8 13.Ne2 Bd7 14.Ne5 Be8 15.Nc4 Qc7 16.Bc1 Nd5 17.Be4 Bf6 18.a5


18...Nxd4 19.Nxd4 Nc3 20.Bxh7+ Kxh7 21.Qh5+ [21.Qc2+ Kg8 22.Bb2] 21...Kg8 22.Nc2 Bb5 23.Be3 Bxc4 24.bxc4 Qxc4 25.Rae1 Qa4 26.Bb6 Rd5 0-1. [Click to replay]

Tournament Director and Second Vice President of the Iranian Chess Federation Soheila Ghasemi, who is also an International badminton arbiter and trainer


WFM Mahini,Mona Salman (2088) - WFM Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat (1811) [C54]
Iranian Women Chess Championship khadam (11), 2009
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Be3 Bg4 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Qc2 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Ng5 14.0-0-0 Nxf3 15.Qf5 Nh4 16.Qh5 Ng6 17.Rhg1 f5 18.Bg5 Qd7 19.Rg3 Rfe8 20.Rh3 Nf8 21.Rg1 Qf7 22.Bf6 g6 23.Ne2 Re6 24.Qxf5 Rae8 25.Rf3 c5 26.Nf4 Rc6 27.Rfg3 cxd4+ 28.Kb1 Rxf6 29.exf6 Kh8


30.Qg5 [Mona Salman missed a nice tactic (although her move was also enough to win): 30.Rxg6! hxg6 31.Nxg6+ Nxg6 32.Rxg6+-] 30...c6 31.h4 Bd8 32.h5 Bxf6 33.hxg6 1-0. [Click to replay]

Appeal with caution: Chief Arbiter IA Hamidreza Pourshahmari, who is an expert in Taekwondo and other martial arts

WFM Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat (1811) - Rahimi,Tara (1876) [D34]
Iranian Women Chess Championship khadam (12), 2009
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 c4 10.Ne5 Be6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.b3 Qa5 13.Qd2 h6 14.Nxd5 Qd8 15.Nxe7+ Qxe7 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.bxc4 Bxc4 18.Rfc1 Qe6 19.Qc2 Ba6 20.Qxc6 Qxe2 21.Bf1 Qb2 22.Bxa6 Qxd4 23.Rab1 Rfe8 24.Rd1 Qe5 25.Qd6 Qc3


White is a piece up and completely winning, but: 26.Qd4?? Re1+ 27.Bf1 Qxd4 28.Rxd4 Rxb1 and now it is Black who is an exchange up. 29.Ra4 Re8 30.Kg2 Re7 31.Rd4 Rb8 32.a4 Kf8 33.Bb5 Reb7 34.Bc6 Rb6 35.Bb5 a6 36.Bc4 Rf6 0-1. [Click to replay]

The most experienced and finest Iranian chess journalist, Mohammad Zareei. He has spent 35 years covering Iranian chess news, and has conducted interviews with famous grandmasters like Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky, Max Euwe, Viktor Korchnoi, Miguel Najdorf...

WIM Ghader Pour,Shayesteh (2137) - Alavi,Homa (1904) [B10]
Iranian Women Chess Championship (12), 2009
1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.cxd5 Nf6 5.Qa4+ Nbd7 6.Nc3 g6 7.Bc4 Bg7 8.d3 0-0 9.Nf3 Nb6 10.Qb3 Bg4 11.Ne5 Bf5 12.0-0 Rc8 13.Re1 Nh5 14.Bd2 a6 15.Rac1 Bxe5 16.Rxe5 Nd7 17.Rxf5 gxf5 18.Qd1 Ndf6 19.Qf3 Qd7 20.Re1 Kh8 21.Ne2 Rg8 22.Bc3 Rg5


23.Be5 [23.d6! Qxd6 (23...exd6 24.h4 Rg4 25.Ng3 Rxg3 26.fxg3) 24.Bxf7] 23...Rcg8 24.g3 R8g6 25.Nf4 Rh6 26.Nxh5 Rhxh5??


27.Bxf6+? [27.d6!!+-] 27...exf6 28.Qe3 [28.d6! b5 29.Bb3+/-] 28...f4 29.Qxf4 Qh3?? 30.Qxf6+ mate in one!! 1-0. [Click to replay]

The winners: Bronze for WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour, Silver for WFM Sara Sadat
Khademalsharieh, and Gold for WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan

A group photo of all participants, seconds and functionaries


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