16th Asian Games – Team Chess Championship

China beats India in round 4 to take the lead in men’s tournament

In the Team Championship for Men and Women in the 16th Asian Games being held at the Guangzhou Chess Institute, China, fourth day saw emergence of two clear qualifiers for the semifinals in the women section with China & India notching up their third win in four matches and jointly leading with seven match points. Vietnam which lost to India today & Uzbekistan which defeated Qatar, are at six points each at the end of fourth round.

Bangladesh stretched China a bit but ultimately lost 2.5-1.5. Untitled Sultana Sharmin Shirin of Bangladesh beat GM Zhao Xue on the second board and WGM Ju Wenjum was held to a draw by WFM Shamima Akter Liza on the top board. WGM Huang Qian & IM Wang Yua beat their less fancied rivals Khan Nazrana & Begum Masuda.

Asian Games China-Bangladesh

China and Bangladesh

IM Tania Sachdev of India did the Houdini’s act and ended up victorious against WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen and thus ensured two match points for her country, as the other three games ended in draws. In the other matches Uzbekistan beat Qatar 4-0, Iran beat Turkmenistan 2.5-1.5, Syria beat Korea 2.5-1.5, Mongolia beat Jordan 3-1.

China jumped into the lead in the Men’s section by beating India 2.5-1.5, with the lone win coming from the fourth board where GM Ni Hua beat GM G.N.Gopal. The other boards were drawn. China are on eight match points & India remain on six.

Philippines join India on six match points by virtue of their win against Kazakhstan by 2.5-1.5, the key point coming from GM Gomez John Paul against GM Jumabayev Rinat on the third board while other games ended in draw.

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India vs China

Three teams, namely Vietnam, Uzbekistan & Iran are on five match points. Vietnam & Uzbekistan match ended in draw with each team winning two games. In the other games of the day Mongolia drew with Iran, Kyrgyzstan beat Maldives 3-1, Qatar defeated Yemen 3.5-0.5, Bangladesh blanked Korea 4-0, and Iraq had a walk over from Lebanon. Lebanon withdrew from the competition as they could not get a minimum of three fit players.

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.

Asian Games Vietnam-Uzbekistan

Vietnam – Uzbekistan

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