|14th Asian Team Chess Championship: Esfahan 2005|
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|14th Asian Team Chess Championship
(see all-time tournament summary)
|Date:||20th - 28th December 2005|
|Honorary Chairman of Organizing Committee:||Dr. Saghaeeyan Nejad (IRI)|
|Tournament Director:||Mr. Amir Hossein Sistani (IRI)|
|Chief Arbiter:||IA Hosseingholi Saloor (IRI)|
|Arbiter for men's event:||IA Abolghasem Najib (IRI)|
|Teams participating:||6 (incl. Iran "B")|
|Players participating:||29 (incl. 10 GMs, 4 IMs and 5 FMs)|
|Competition format:||Four board double round robin.|
|Final order decided by:||1. Game points; 2. Match points; 3. Berger; 4. Median Berger
Iran "B" and Turkmenistan came equal and no tie-break helped. Iran "B" were given fourth place by virtue of better head to head record.
|Time control:||all moves in 90 minutes + 30 sec. increment per move|
|Website:||http://www.iranchess.ir/index-5.htm (photos only)|
Final note at www.fide.com
Photo album at www.iranchess.ir
News from All India Chess Federation
Rediff.com reports: r1, r2, r5&r6, r8&r9
The Hindu reports: r1, r2, r3&r4, r5&r6, r7, r8&r9&r10
|Downloadable game file:||05asiatch.zip|
Only four foreign teams came to visit the ancient city of Esfahan (or Isfahan in alternative spelling) in Iran to take part in the 14th Men's Asian Team Championship. The length of the cycle was reset back to two years after 12-year long period in which the events were held quadrennially.
Apart from two decent Irani teams (with two GMs at top boards of "A" team) only India, Vietnam, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan came to Esfahan. India (lead by Sasikiran, Elo 2663). Vietnam had four GMs at their disposal and were expected to have monopoly for race for gold. Turkmenistan and Iran were aiming at reaching third position. Afghanistan's arrival was warmly welcomed after years of international isolation. China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and The Philippines were the main absentees.
India started off with a 3½-½ over Afghanistan but tied vs Iran "A" on day two and Vietnam took over the lead. Two rounds were played on December 23rd and India beat Turkmenistan in the morning to only draw with Vietnam in the evening. Vietnam retained the lead (although they lost 1½ point vs Iran "B"). Iran "A" levelled on points with the leaders wiping out Afghanistan 4-0 and defeating Turkmenistan. India took the lead in the halfway beating Iran "B" while Vietnam and Iran "A" fought hard and Vietnam won by the smallest possible margin. Standings in the halfway: India 14½; Vietnam 14; Iran 13; Turkmenistan 9½. Turkmenistan did not do as good as they were hoping and the host "A" team was sort of pleasant surprise. In round six India won again but dropped another fraction vs amateur team Afghanistan. Vietnam moved into joint lead hammering Turkmenistan 4-0. On round seven Vietnam scored another 4-0 win vs Afghanistan and India definitely denied Iran "B" to win by 3 to 1. With three rounds to go it was clear that it is all about Vietnam and India. Iran "A" were certain to get bronze medals. India earned extra half of a point advantage in round eight whipping Turkmenistan 3½-½ and watching Vietnam struggle vs Iran "B" (whom they finally beat 3-1).
The decisive match Vietnam vs India was played in penultimate round. Vietnam had the half point advantage in pocket but on the last day they had to face Iran "A", considerably stronger that India's opponents Iran "B". They needed at least to draw the match, or at best get a minimal win. Đào Thiên Hải drew quickly with white pieces at top board vs Sasikiran. Then Ganguly beat Nguyễn Anh Dũng and Lê Quang Liêm conducted desperate exchange sacrifice which failed and he lost to Sandipan. It was virtually all over as India were in 2½-½ lead. Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn had an extra pawn in a B+R ending but had to give up his efforts on 113th move and agreed draw. India won 3-1 then, moving into indisputable lead. On the last day India easily sealed gold running over Iran "B" with ease. Vietnam beat Iran "B" 3-1 to keep runner-up position while the Iranian team won bronze medals. Turkmenistan and Iran "B" came in tied fourth. Afghanistan came last, but they won one game and showed good chess (Farazi performed at 2219 from 9 games making him Afghan leader on the consecutive FIDE rating list).
India took their first ever Asian Team Championship title in style. They earned safe 2½ point margin over Vietnam. India conceded only one game loss and no match loss. Team leader Sasikiran scored 7/9. The best players were Ganguly (7/8 and performed at 2709!) and reserve Sandipan (8/9 but weaker opposition). Vietnam won two gold individual medals (Nguyễn Anh Dũng and Lê Quang Liêm - but those two lost their games in the decisive match vs India). Only Đào Thiên Hải's result at top board (4½/8) may not be fully satisfactory. Iran "A" cannot be disappointed with third place. Ghaem Maghami's result at first board (8/10 without loss) was enough for him to be awarded individual gold medal.
Whether India will qualify for the 2009 World Team Championship is not clear. This will come true only if 2007 Asian Team Championship is abandoned.
|1.||GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan||IRI||8||10||80.0|
|2.||GM Sasikiran, Krishnan||IND||7||9||77.8|
|3.||GM Đào Thiên Hải||VIE||4½||8||56.3|
|1.||GM Nguyễn Anh Dũng||VIE||6½||9||72.2|
|2.||GM Moradiabadi, Elshan||IRI||7||10||70.0|
|3.||GM Kunte, Abhijit||IND||4||7||57.1|
|1.||GM Ganguly, Surya Shekhar||IND||7||8||87.5|
|2.||IM Mahjoob, Morteza||IRI||6½||9||72.2|
|3.||GM Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn||VIE||6½||9||72.2|
|1.||FM Lê Quang Liêm||VIE||8½||10||85.0|
|2.||IM Sundararajan, Kidambi||IND||5½||7||78.6|
|3.||FM Darban, Morteza||IRI||2||6||33.3|
|2.||GM Sandipan, Chanda||IND||8||9||88.9|