Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan opening the Asian Nations Cup Chess Team Championship in Zao Zhuang, Shandong Province, China. Fourteen men’s teams are participating in the 9-round Swiss Open. Ten women’s teams are competing in the 9-round Round Robin. Visit chess-results.com for pairings and standings. Watch live games for the Open and the Women’s.
Defending champion India whitewashed Yemen as three teams scored 4:0 against their opponents in the opening round of the Asian Nations Cup in Zao Zhuang, China. GMs Krishnan Sasikiran, Pentala Hari Krishna, Abhijeet Gupta and Gopal Narayanan got the full point for India.
Vietnam shutout Korea on victories of GM Le Quang Liem and Dao Thein Hai and IMs Nguyen Duc Hoa and Nguyen Van Huy.
Top seed China 1 blanked Iraq 4:0 on wins by GMs Wang Hao, Wang Yue, Ding Lirenk and Yu Yangyi.
Iran blanked Hong Kong 4:0 on wins by GMEhsan Ghaem Maghami and Asghar Golizadeh and IMs Alavismoghaddam and Dereni Porya.
Singapore followed suit and beat Chinese Taipei 4:0 as IMs Kevin Goh Wei Min and Chan Peng Kong and FM Chan Yi Ren Daniel and Iskandar Bin Abdullah scored.
In the Women’s division, China 1 beat China 3 with 3:0, Iran edged Vietnam 2.5-1.5. WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, playing top board for Iran, beat WGM Pham Le Thao Nguyen. On board 2, WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An of Vietnam drew with WIM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat of Iran. WGM Pham Bich Ngoc beat WIM Ghader Pour Sharesteh of Iran to tie the score but on board 4, WIM Mitra Hejazipour beat WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung to seal the victory.
Sheikh Sultan is welcomed by the Mayor of Zao Zhuang. Below is the parade of teams at the opening ceremonies.