Iran Women’s Chess Championship 2011

WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan takes the title in the exciting finish

The 2011 Iran Chess Championship for women (for the year 1389 according to Iranian calendar) was held from 7th to 15th January in Tehran. Ten players competed in the round robin tournament.

The defending champion WFM Ghazal Hakimifard maintained the lead up to the 8th round and had a good chance to celebrate the double, but WFM Mitra HejaziPour beat her in the last round and ruined her ambition.

On the other side, WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, winner of the Asian Women’s Chess Championship in 2010 trailed behind Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Ghazal Hakimifard until the very finish, but then she used the opportunity to overtake the opposition and claim the Championship with a total of 7 points.

Ghazal Hakimifard landed on the second place while WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour finished third.

Iran Atousa Pourkashiyan

The new champion – WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan

Iran Shayesteh Ghaderpour

Third place for WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour

Iran Atousa Pourkashiyan Raana Hakimifard

Atousa Pourkashiyan vs Raana Hakimifard

Iran Mitra Hejazipour Ghazal Hakimifard

Mitra Hejazipour vs Ghazal Hakimifard

News by Ali Ghaemmaghami, photos from the Iran Chess Federation website.

Final standings:

1 WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa 2397 - 7

2 WFM HakimiFard Ghazal 2204 - 6.5

3 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh 2212 - 5.5

4 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2127 - 5.5

5 WFM HejaziPour Mitra 2252 - 5.5

6 AsgariZadeh Minoo 2013 - 4.5

7 Alavi Homa 1997 - 4

8 Khalaji Hanieh 1948 - 4

9 Hakimifard Raana 1993 - 1.5

10 SaeidPour Mona 1896 - 1