Iran Men, Chinese Women win Asian Nations Cup Print
Monday, 06 August 2018 08:39

The Iran Men’s team and Chinese Women’s team won the Asian Nations Cup organized by the Chess Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation from 27 July to 4 August 2018 in Hamadan, Iran. The Iran team made a hat trick winning the Rapid and Blitz championships as well. The Chinese women won their Rapid event while the Indian women won the blitz championship.

The all-GM Iran “Green” team of Parham Maghsoodloo, Pouya Idani, M. Amin Tabatabaei, Aliereza Firouzia and Masoud Mosadeghpour beat Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, China, India, Vietnam, drew with Iran “Red” team and then blanked Iraq to finish alone in first with 13 points of a possible 14 in standard chess. Fourteen teams from 12 countries participated in the 7-round Swiss System event. Finishing with 10 points each, India placed second by tie break followed by China in third place.

Gold medalists on boards 1 to 5, respectively, were GM Maghsoodloo of Iran, S.P. Sethurman and GM Krishnan Sasikiran of India, GM Alireza Firouzja and Gholami Orimi Mahdi of Iran.

In Rapid Chess, Iran “Green” won with 12 points. China, India and Uzbekistan finished with 10 points each, finishing in that order by tie break. In Blitz Chess, Iran “green” win with 14 points followed by China with 12 and Vietnam with 10.

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The Chinese women’s team of GM Lei Tingjie, IM Shen Yang, WGM Wang Jue, IM Guo Qi and WGM Zhai Mo beat Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan, Iran “Red”, Iran “Green” and Syria then drew with Uzbekistan to win the 8-team round robin with 13 points out of a possible 14. Vietnam finished in second place with 11 points followed by India with 8 points for third place, prevailing in a tie with Uzbekistan who also finished with 8 points.

Gold medalists on boards 1 to 5, respectively, were IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran . IM Shen Yang of China, WGM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva of Kazakhstan, IM Guo Qi and WGM Zhai Mo of China.

In women’s Rapid, China won with 14 points followed by India with 10 and Iran with 9. In women’s Blitz, India won with 13 points followed by Vietnam with 12 and China with 9 points each.

Champion Iran

Iranian team receiving the champion’s trophy. The young Iranian team won all championship in Standard, Rapid and Blitz chess.


China women’s team won in standard chess followed by Vietnam and India.


Chess Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran President Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh.

Rapid Iran China India

Winners of Rapid chess: Iran, China and India receive their medals.

womenblitz India

The Indian women’s team won the blitz championship followed by Vietnam in second and China in third.


The very young Uzbekistan team headed by Husan Turdialiev (in suit).

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