Round one of Preliminaries held on Thursday
The Team Championship for Men & Women of the 16th Asian Games commenced today at the Guangzhou Chess Institute, China.
The Championship will be held in two phases. Phase one Preliminaries will be seven round Swiss to determine the four qualifiers for the semifinals. Each team’s place in order of classification shall be decided by the number of Match points it has scored.
Phase two will be Semifinals. Qualifiers will be paired by their Preliminaries ranking. Match A will be between 1 & 4 and Match B will be between 2 & 3. The two winners shall play the finals on 26th Nov.
17 teams have entered the competition in the men’s section and 12 in the women’s section with China & India being the top & second seeds in both the sections.
There were no surprises on the first day as all the seeded teams had easy wins barring top seed China in the Men’s section. Bangladesh gave a run for their money and only dame luck saved them from the blushes. While the top three boards between Wang Yue & Niaz Murshed, Bu Xiangzhi & Minhazuddin Ahmed and Zhou Jianchao & Ziaur Rehman ended in draws, on the fourth Board Ni Hua was three pawns down against FM Abu Sufian Shakil. The Bangladeshi blundered and lost, thus China went home with full match points.
In the other games of the day India beat Kyrgyzstan 3.5-0.5, Kazakhstan beat Yemen 3-1, the lone shock defeat was that of GM Khusnutdinov Rustam, who lost to unheralded CM Sallam Sabri. Vietnam defeated Jordan 3.5-0.5, Uzbekistan defeated Mongolia 3-1, the lone victory for Mongolia was via Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan by defeating GM Filippov Anton. Philipines defeated Iraq 3-1, Iran & Qatar won 4-0 against Korea & Maldives respectively.
In the Women’s section, top seed China made short work of Mongolia 4-0, India the second seed, defeated Turkmenistan 3.5-0.5, Vietnam got the better of Qatar 3-1, with GM Zhu Chen the lone winner for Qatar on the top Board, Iran blanked Syria 4-0, Uzbekistan beat Korea 4-0 & Bangladesh beat Jordan 4-0.
The games are shown live on asia-chess.com
By Media Team