Another Rout as India Pulls Away in Asian Games Print
Monday, 11 December 2006 00:00
The Indian juggernaut continued to roll over opposition as they shut out Uzbekistan 3:0 to pull away in the second half of the Asian Games Chess Team Championship in Doha, Qatar. Krishnan Sasikiran led the rout with a brilliancy against Rustam Kasimjanov. With 16 points, India is seemingly unreachable by second running Qatar and Iran with 11.5 points each. China beat Qatar 2:1 to bounce back into medal contention with 11 points. Iran blanked Turkmenistan 3:0 and faces India in round 7. Visit the Asian Games website. .
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By Casto Abundo, Chief Arbiter, 15th Asian Games, Doha 2006

The Indian juggernaut continued to roll over opposition as they shut out Uzbekistan 3:0 to pull away in the second half of the Asian Games Chess Team Championship in Doha, Qatar. Krishnan Sasikiran led the rout with a brilliant game against former world champion Rustam Kasimjanov. With 16 points, India is seemingly unreachable by second running Qatar and Iran with 11.5 points each. China beat Qatar 2:1 to bounce back into medal contention with 11 points. Iran blanked Turkmenistan 3:0 and faces India in round 7.

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Koneru Humpy was first to score for India as she outclassed WIM Olga Sabirova on third board. Then Krishnan Sasikiran played a brilliant game unleashing a sacrificial attack on the 42nd move against former world champion Rustam Kasimjanov who resigned facing mate four moves later. Pentala Harikrishna completed the rout winning the endgame against GM Alexey Barsov. Sasikiran is the only player with a perfect score of 6 points out of 6 games.

With India out of reach, focus shifted to the battle for silver and bronze.

The Iranian GM`s outclassed their IM opponents from Turkmenistan, scoring 3:0 to share second slot. They go up against India in round 7.

Qatar faces Kazakhstan, led by GM Darmen Sadvakasov and Asian Games Rapid Chess gold medalist Murtas Kazhgaleyev. Former women`s world champion Zhu Chen has been an anchor for Qatar, giving the host team the edge.

China, with 11 points, is in contention for medals. The Chinese Olymiad silver medalists recovered to score two points against Qatar on wins by Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue over GM Mohamed Al Modiahki and IM Mohamad Al Sayed, respectively. Zhu Chen beat Zhao Xue to prevent a shutout. China matches with rival Vietnam next round.

Kazakhstan is in fifth slot with 10.5 points followed by Vietnam and Indonesia with 10 points each. With only 1.5 points separating them from the runner-up, it is still possible to catch up in the medal race for silver and bronze.



The Indian juggernaut. From left are GMs Koneru Humpy, Pentala Harikrishna and Krishnan Sasikiran.


Sasikiran-Kasimjanov continued 42.Rd5! Bxe6 43. Bxg6 Kxg6 44. Qxh5+ Kf6 45. Nd4! Qc8 46. Rg5 1-0



China team, from left, Zhao Xue, Wang Yue and Bu Xiangzhi. Looking is Match Arbiter Genden Altanoch.



Irianian team, from left: Atousa Purkashian, Elshan Moradiabadi and Ehsan Ghaem Maghami.


Rank after round 6
Rank Team Gam. + = - Pts. BH.
1 India 6 6 0 0 16 60.5
2 Qatar 6 4 0 2 11.5 66
3 Iran 6 3 2 1 11.5 54
4 China 6 4 0 2 11 66.5
5 Kazakhstan 6 4 0 2 10.5 53.5
6 Vietnam 6 3 1 2 10 66
7 Indonesia 6 2 2 2 10 59.5
8 Uzbekistan 6 3 0 3 9.5 66
9 Mongolia 6 3 0 3 9.5 58.5
10 Jordan 6 2 2 2 9.5 49
11 Turkmenistan 6 3 0 3 9 60.5
12 Bangladesh 6 3 1 2 9 53.5
13 Philippines 6 1 2 3 8.5 48.5
14 Syria 6 2 2 2 8 55.5
15 United Arab Emirates 6 2 1 3 8 50.5
16 Bahrain 6 3 1 2 8 40
17 Palestine 6 2 1 3 8 31.5
18 Japan 6 3 0 3 7 35.5
19 Nepal 6 3 0 3 6.5 37
20 SriLanka 6 1 1 4 5.5 45
21 Macau 6 1 0 5 2.5 39.5

Round 6 on 2006/12/11
6.1 1 India 3 - 0 6 Uzbekistan
1 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2675 1 : 0 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672
2 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2674 1 : 0 GM Barsov Alexei 2537
3 GM Koneru Humpy 2545 1 : 0 WIM Sabirova Olga 2230
6.2 2 China 2 - 1 3 Qatar
1 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2671 1 : 0 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad 2550
2 GM Wang Yue 2644 1 : 0 IM Al Sayed Mohamad N 2486
3 WGM Zhao Xue 2467 0 : 1 GM Zhu Chen 2501
6.3 5 Iran 3 - 0 10 Turkmenistan
1 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2581 1 : 0 IM Annaberdiev Meilis 2457
2 GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2539 1 : 0 IM Amanov Mesgen 2339
3 WIM Pourkashian Atousa 2329 1 : 0 WGM Geldyeva Mekhri 2273
6.4 7 Vietnam 1.5 - 1.5 8 Indonesia
1 GM Dao Thien Hai 2557 1 : 0 GM Adianto Utut 2589
2 GM Nguyen Anh Dung 2541 0 : 1 GM Megaranto Susanto 2492
3 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2312 .5 : .5 WFM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2239
6.5 12 Syria 0 - 3 4 Kazakhstan
1 IM Hakki Imad 2422 0 : 1 GM Sadvakasov Darmen 2596
2   Bakr Jwan 2335 0 : 1 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2609
3   Mir Mahmoud Afamia 1983 0 : 1 WIM Aketaeva Dana 2312
6.6 11 Mongolia 2 - 1 17 Philippines
1 FM Batchuluun Cegmed 2404 .5 : .5 IM Laylo Darwin 2448
2   Gundavaa Bayarsaihan 2237 .5 : .5 IM Dableo Ronald 2425
3 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2383 1 : 0   Docena Jedara 0
6.7 14 United Arab Emirates 1 - 2 9 Bangladesh
1 GM Talib Moosa 2365 0 : 1 IM Hossain Enamul 2503
2 IM Hassan Abdullah 2311 1 : 0 GM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2489
3 WFM Saleh Noura Mohd 1879 0 : 1   Akter Shamima Liza 2096
6.8 15 SriLanka 0 - 3 13 Jordan
1   Russell M K A 2234 0 : 1   Samhouri Ahmed 2322
2   Anuruddha G C 2204 0 : 1 FM Rimawi Bahjat  T 2308
3   Methmali Yasoda 1895 0 : 1 WIM Jamalia Natalia 1988
6.9 18 Nepal 1 - 2 16 Japan
1   Shresta  Bilam Lal 2104 1 : 0   Nanjo Ryosuke 2186
2   Surbir Lama 2095 0 : 1   Kojima Shinya 2187
3   Khamboo Mona Lisa 0 0 : 1   Nakagawa Emiko 1933
6.10 20 Palestine 3 - 0 21 Macau
1   Tamra Attallah 2102 1 : 0   Abelgas Rodolfo 0
2   Shobaita Talal 2183 1 : 0   Mak Tong Kuan 0
3   Jaradat Shadia 0 1 : 0   Chan I Sin 0
 
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