16th Asian Games – Team Chess Championship

Kyrgyzstan stuns Vietnam in round five men’s championship

In the biggest upset so far in the Championship, three untitled Kyrgyzstan players shocked their highly rated Grandmaster opponents to score 3.5 to 0.5 against Vietnam and jump to third slot with 7 match points, in the men section of the 16th Asian Games being played at Gaungzhau Chess Institute, China.

Algis Shukuraliev, rated 2376, defeated GM Le Quang Liem (2689) on top board, while Nurdin Samakov upset GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2628) on second board. Nasyr Akylbekov (2376) added the third point at the expense of Cao Sang (2547) on board 3. FM Semetey Tologontegin (2330) completed the rout by holding IM Nguyen Huyng MNinh Huy (2459) to a draw.

Asian Games Kyrgyzstan-Vietnam

Kyrgyzstan – Vietnam (Photos by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh)

The Philippines stunned second-seed India 2.5 to 1.5 to trail leader China. Ganguly Surya Shekhar scored a quick victory over GM John Paul Gomez. But GM Wesley So restored parity by beating GM Harikrishna on top board. GM Eugene Torre scored a point against GM B. Adhiban and GM Joey Antonio helped the team’s cause with a draw against Krishnan Sasikiran. Chief Arbiter Mr Casto Abundo could not hide his glee when his home team Philippines went home a worthy winner today.

China as usual won their game beating Iran 3 to 1 and thus maintained their lead with 10 match points. In the race for the top four slots advancing to the semifinals, India, Qatar and Uzbekistan trail with 6 match points each. Iran, Vietnam and Kazakhstan lag behind with 5 match points each.

Asian Games Philippines-India

Philippines – India

Asian Games China-Iran

China – Iran

In the women’s division, China and India are tied for the lead with 9 match points each. China beat Vietnam 3.5-0.5 on wins by Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue. Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tuong Van prevented a shutout by holding Wang Yu to a draw.

India thrashed Mongolia by the same score 3.5-0.5 on wins by Harika Dronavalli and Meenakshi Subbaraman with a walkover by Mohota Nisha on board 4. Mongolia’s Tuvshintugs Batchimeg stopped the rout by holding India’s Tania Sachdev to a draw.

Uzbekistan is close behind in third slot with 8 match points while Bangladesh and Vietnam are tied at 6 match points apiece. Uzbekistan beat Iran 2.5-1.5 while Bangladesh blanked Syria 4-0.

Asian Games Vietnam-China

Vietnam – China

Asian Games Qatar-Korea

Qatar – Korea

Asian Games Iran-Uzbekistan

Iran – Uzbekistan

Asian Games Bangladesh-Syria

Bangladesh – Syria

Asian Games Bangladesh-Qatar

Bangladesh – Qatar

By Media Team