16th Asian Games (chess): Guangzhou 2010

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Basic data

16th Asian Games (chess)
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 18th - 26th November 2010
City: Guangzhou, China
Venue: Guangzhou Chess Institute
Tournament Director: N/A
Chief Arbiter: IA Casto Abundo (PHI)
Deputy Chief Arbiter: IA Sultan Al-Taher (UAE)
Teams participating: 17
Players participating: 80 (incl. 34 GMs, 7 IMs, 11 WFMs and 2 CMs)
Games played: 240 (16 games were forfeited)
Competition format: Preliminary round: Four board seven round Swiss.
Play-offs: knock-out. Rapid tie-break in case of a tie.
Final order decided by: 1. Match points; 2. Game points; 3. Sonneborn-Berger
Time control: 90 minutes per game + 30 sec. increment per move
Official logo: Guangzhou 2010 logo
Website: http://www.gz2010.cn/en/
Interesting Websites: FIDE preview
ChessDom reports: round 1, round 2, round 3, round 4, round 5, round 6, round 7, semifinals, finals
Asian Chess Federation: previev, rounds 1-4, rounds 5-7, semifinals, finals
Downloadable game file: 10asiad.zip

Tournament review

There were 17 teams at the start line (Lebanon withdrew soon) and of top four seeds only Kazakhstan did not qualify to the semifinal stage, failing to win five consecutive matches. China won all 7 matches and The Philippines came just behind. Other semifinalists were India and Iran, the latter being fortunate: not only they came ahead of Qatar by virtue of better Berger; but Vietnam could have well taken fourth spot had they managed to beat poor Yemeni team 4-0 in the very last round; sadly IM Nguyễn Huỳnh Minh Huy failed to seal his advantage and FM Othman found cool way to the perpetual check.

In the semifinals China beat Iran (as expected) and India badly lost to The Philippines. The final stage saw no-history matches; both China and India took gold and bronze medals respectively scoring easy 3½-½ wins.

Individual medal winners (nine round Swiss rapid): 1. GM Kasimdzhanov 7½; 2. GM Lê Quang Liêm 7½; 3. GM Bu Xiangzhi 6½ (see results).

Interesting games