India Blanks China 3:0 to take Commanding Lead in Asian Games Print
Sunday, 10 December 2006 00:00
In an amazing display of strength, India blanked China 3:0 in the 5th round of the Asian Games Chess Team Championship in Doha, Qatar. The shutout brought India`s total to 13 points, 2.5 points ahead of second running Qatar at the halfway mark of the 9-round Swiss tournament. Qatar beat Vietnam 2:1 to follow in second with 10.5 points. Uzbekistan smashed rival Kazakhstan 2.5-0.5 to trail in third with 9.5 points. Visit the Asian Games website. .
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By Casto Abundo, Chief Arbiter, 15th Asian Games, Doha 2006

In an amazing display of strength, India blanked China 3:0 in the 5th round of the Asian Games Chess Team Championship in Doha, Qatar. The shutout brought India`s total to 13 points, 2.5 points ahead of second running Qatar at the halfway mark of the 9-round Swiss tournament. Qatar beat Vietnam 2:1 to follow in second with 10.5 points. Uzbekistan smashed rival Kazakhstan 2.5-0.5 to trail in third with 9.5 points.

China got the luck of the draw with two whites out of the three boards. In the mixed team format, there are only three boards, two men and one woman with no reserves.

First to score was Pentala Harikirshna who penetrated the hedgehog pawn structure of Wang Yue to threaten mate with Queen and Bishop in the back rank.

China`s Bu Xiangzhi unleashed a fierce kingside attack against Krishnan Sasikiran. A lesser mortal would have wilted under the ferocious threats. But Sasi countered from the opposite wing through the main diagonal, parrying the mating threats and initiating his own attacks as well. A flurry of exchanges ensued and after the smoke cleared Sasi had the winning endgame.

Koneru Humpy completed the rout with a minor piece endgame win over Zhao Xue.

India has won all its matches against Mongolia, Turkemnistan, Qatar, Vietnam and China. With their 6th round match against Uzbekistan, India has matched with teams in second to sixth slot. `Gold is not yet in the bag,` All India Chess Federation Secretary D.V. Sundar said. `Any team here can be a dangerous opponent,` he opined. `I can say we are at least sure of a medal,` he added.

Posing in front of the India-China scoreboard are, from left, D.V. Sundar, AICF Treasurer and Zone President Bharat Singh and coach IM Manuel Aaron.

Sundar revealed that the Indian trio trained for a fortnight in Madras under Israeli GM Lev Psakhis. Aside from the players, trainers are financial beneficiaries of the Games, some earning US$5,000 for their two week stint here in Doha. The Qatar Chess Federation recruited former World Challenger Vladimir Akopian of Armenia. Iran also has another former challenger with Nigel Short of England. GM Edwins Kengis of Latvia is coaching the UAE team while GM Evgeny Vladimirov has returned from India is back coaching in Kazakhstan which is enjoying an economic boom. Another well known coach here is vetern IM Manuel Aaron.

Krishnan Sasikiran remains the only player with a perfect score of 5 out of 5. Around 50 local Indians came to watch, tickets in hand and giving moral support. `It shows that our chess players are popular,` Sundar commented.

Qatar beat Vietnam 2:1 with a win by IM Al Sayed Mohamad over GM Nguyen Anh Dung as the two other boards were drawn after hard fought games. Qatar is in second with 10.5 points and faces China in the 6th round. `A wounded tiger is a dangerous opponent,` a Qatari fan said.

Uzbekistan crushed arch rival Kazakhstan 2.5-0.5 as GM Alexei Barsov beat Asian Games Rapid Chess gold medaloist Murtas Kazhgaleyev and WIM Olga Sabirova won over WIM Dana Aketaeva. The top board match between former world champion Rustam Kasimjanov of Uzbekistan and Darmen Sadvakasov of Kazakhstan ended in a draw.



Posing in front of the India-China scoreboard are, from left, AICF Secretary D.V. Sundar, AICF Treasurer and Zone President Bharat Singh and coach IM Manuel Aaron.



Arbiters in the Asian Games: Seated from left are Dimitri Kayumov (UZB), Irina Kayumova (UZB), Nguyen Thu Anh Thu (VIE), Deputy Arbiter Mohammed Meqbel Al Hitmi (QAT), Competition Manager Yousif Ahme Ali (QAT), Chief Arbiter Casto Abundo (PHI), Deputy Arbiter Mahdi Abdulrahim (UAE), Genden Altanoch (MGL), Husan Turdaliev (UZB), Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh (IRI).
Standing from left: Mohammed Husseini (EGY), Haroon Or Rashid (BAN), Shaker Al Afou (BRN), Imade Suparka (INA), Bolat Asanov (KAZ), Mouaied Abdulhamid (IRQ), Azzam Al Khateeb (SYR), Eunkyung Chung (KOR), Nader Nafei (JOR), Mohammed Safi (SYR), Abdulrahim Mahyo (SYR), Kamal Mohammed (QAT).



The grudge match. At left is former world champion Rustam Kasimjanov of Uzbekistan vs. Darmen Sadvakasov of Kazakhstan.



Host Qatar (right with top board GM Mohammed Al Mohdiaki) vs. Vietnam`s Dao Thien Hai.

Rank after round 5
Rank SNo. Team Team + = - Pts. BH. MP
1 1 India IND 5 0 0 13 44.5 10
2 3 Qatar QAT 4 0 1 10.5 46 8
3 6 Uzbekistan UZB 3 0 2 9.5 40.5 6
4 2 China CHN 3 0 2 9 47.5 6
5 10 Turkmenistan TKM 3 0 2 9 40 6
6 7 Vietnam VIE 3 0 2 8.5 48 6
7 8 Indonesia INA 2 1 2 8.5 40.5 5
8 5 Iran IRI 2 2 1 8.5 37.5 6
9 12 Syria SYR 2 2 1 8 37 6
10 4 Kazakhstan KAZ 3 0 2 7.5 40 6
11 11 Mongolia MGL 2 0 3 7.5 38 4
12 17 Philippines PHI 1 2 2 7.5 33.5 4
13 9 Bangladesh BAN 2 1 2 7 37.5 5
14 14 United Arab Emirates UAE 2 1 2 7 36 5
15 13 Jordan JOR 1 2 2 6.5 38 4
16 19 Bahrain BRN 2 1 2 6.5 31 5
17 15 Sri Lanka SRI 1 1 3 5.5 27 3
18 18 Nepal NEP 3 0 2 5.5 22.5 6
19 16 Japan JPN 2 0 3 5 27 4
20 20 Palestine PLE 1 1 3 5 26.5 3
21 21 Macau MAC 1 0 4 2.5 25.5 2

Round 5 on 2006/12/10 at 1500
5.1 2 China 0 - 3 1 India
1 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2671 0 : 1 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2675
2 GM Wang Yue 2644 0 : 1 GM Harikrishna Pentala 2674
3 WGM Zhao Xue 2467 0 : 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2545
5.2 3 Qatar 2 - 1 7 Vietnam
1 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad 2550 .5 : .5 GM Dao Thien Hai 2557
2 IM Al Sayed Mohamad N 2486 1 : 0 GM Nguyen Anh Dung 2541
3 GM Zhu Chen 2501 .5 : .5 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2312
5.3 4 Kazakhstan .5 - 2.5 6 Uzbekistan
1 GM Sadvakasov Darmen 2596 .5 : .5 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672
2 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2609 0 : 1 GM Barsov Alexei 2537
3 WIM Aketaeva Dana 2312 0 : 1 WIM Sabirova Olga 2230
5.4 8 Indonesia 1.5 - 1.5 5 Iran
1 GM Adianto Utut 2589 .5 : .5 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2581
2 GM Megaranto Susanto 2492 1 : 0 GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2539
3 WFM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2239 0 : 1 WIM Pourkashian Atousa 2329
5.5 10 Turkmenistan 2.5 - .5 14 United Arab Emirates
1 IM Annaberdiev Meilis 2457 .5 : .5 GM Talib Moosa 2365
2 IM Amanov Mesgen 2339 1 : 0 IM Hassan Abdullah 2311
3 WGM Geldyeva Mekhri 2273 1 : 0 WFM Saleh Noura Mohd 1879
5.6 17 Philippines 1.5 - 1.5 12 Syria
1 IM Laylo Darwin 2448 .5 : .5 IM Hakki Imad 2422
2 IM Dableo Ronald 2425 1 : 0   Bakr Jwan 2335
3   Docena Jedara 0 0 : 1   Mir Mahmoud Afamia 1983
5.7 13 Jordan .5 - 2.5 11 Mongolia
1   Samhouri Ahmed 2322 0 : 1 FM Batchuluun Cegmed 2404
2 FM Rimawi Bahjat  T 2308 .5 : .5   Gundavaa Bayarsaihan 2237
3 WIM Jamalia Natalia 1988 0 : 1 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2383
5.8 16 Japan .5 - 2.5 9 Bangladesh
1   Nanjo Ryosuke 2186 0 : 1 IM Hossain Enamul 2503
2   Kojima Shinya 2187 0 : 1 GM Reefat Bin-Sattar 2489
3   Nakagawa Emiko 1933 .5 : .5   Akter Shamima Liza 2096
5.9 19 Bahrain 2 - 1 20 Palestine
1 FM Ayyad Maher 2137 .5 : .5   Tamra Attallah 2102
2 FM Ayyad Husain Abduljalil Saleh 2003 1 : 0   Shobaita Talal 2183
3   Mutaywea Aysha 0 .5 : .5   Jaradat Shadia 0
5.10 21 Macau 1 - 2 18 Nepal
1   Abelgas Rodolfo 0 .5 : .5   Shresta  Bilam Lal 2104
2   Mak Tong Kuan 0 .5 : .5   Surbir Lama 2095
3   Chan I Sin 0 0 : 1   Khamboo Mona Lisa 0
 
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