China Men, Women Lead Asian Nations Cup Print
Friday, 25 May 2012 01:56
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China-1 blanked Indonesia 4:0 to pull away as pacesetting India was held to another 2:2 draw, this time by Vietnam. In the women’s division, China-1 beat Vietnam 3:1 to firm up their lead in the Asian Nations Cup in Zaozhuang, China.

Chinese GMs Wang Yue, Li Chao, Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi scored the shutout.

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GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam beat Hari Krishna but GM Negi evened the score for India with a win over IM Nguyen Van Huy. The other two boards were drawn between GM Sasikiran (above, right) and GM Le Quang Liem (left) on board 1 and between

China-2 was held to a 2:2 draw by Kazakhstan. Chinese GM Zhou Jianchao beat GM Murtas but GM Ismagambetov struck back against GM Wen Yang as the other two boards were drawn.

Singapore outplayed Korea 3:1, Mongolia whitewashed Yemen 3½:½, Iraq outclassed Hong Kong  3:1 while Iran blanked Chinese Taipei 4:0.

In the women’s division, China-1 beat Vietnam 3:1 on wins by Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun and Huang Qian. Vietnam’s Mai Hung beat Shen Yang to prevent a shutout.

India outclassed Singapore 3½:½ on wins by Tania Sachdev, Mary Ann Gomes and Padmini Rout. WIM Anjela Khegay of Singapore held IM Eesha Karavade to a draw to prevent a shutout.

China-2 blanked Indonesia 4:0. China-3 was held to a 2:2 draw by Iran. Kazakhstan edged Mongolia 2½:1½.

After 7 rounds of the Men's, China-1 leads with 13 match points. India fell further behind with 11 points. Kazakhstan and China-2 are tied with 9 points each.
Vietnam, Singapore and Mongolia trail with 8 points each.

In the women’s, China-1 leads with 14 match points followed by India with 12.
China-2 follows with 10 points and China-3 has 9. Iran is in the middle with 6 points. Indonesia and Kazakhstan trail with 5 points each.

China-1 is a shoo-in for the title as it faces the lower half of the field in the homestretch The penultimate round 8 pairings pit China-1 vs. Singapore, India vs. Mongolila and Vietnam vs. Kazakhstan.

In the women’s 8th round pairings are the crucial matches between China-1 and India and China-2 vs. Iran.

 
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