Thursday, August 13, 2009

2009 Asian Zone 3.2 - Asian's Last Ticket

Another Zonal qualification to World Cup happening in Delhi, India. The Asian Zone 3.2 is the last to decide who will qualified for this coming chess World Cup at Khanty-Mansiysk for Asia.

GM Rahman Ziaur 2538 of Bangladesh is highest rate here. But a number of Indian's GMs like GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 2506, GM Neelotpal Das 2474, and GM Thipsay Praveen 2446 are among the 13 players competing. Meanwhile at Women section, seven players playing round robin. IM Tania Sachdev of India is at top standing after round 5.

UPDATED Round 8. Two upset from top board this round. GM Neelotpal Das as Black side is lost to IM Rathnakaran K in Sicilian games. While Sultana Sharmin Shirin from Bangladesh is victory over IM Tania Sachdev who previously on top spot. Tania Sachdev resign after the blunder at move 36 as Black.

[Event "Asian Zone 3.2 Chess Championship 09"]
[Site "New Delhi"]
[Date "2009.08.14"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Sharmin, Sultana"]
[Black "Sachdev, Tania"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.Bg5 d5 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Nbd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.Nge2 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Ne5 12.Bb3 Ng6 13.Bg3 e5 14.Nde2 e4 15.Rd1 Qa5 16.O-O Bg4 17.Bd6 Bxd6 18.Rxd6 Rfd8 19.Rxd8 Rxd8 20.Rd1 Rxd1 21.Qxd1 Nh4 22.h3 Bh5 23.Qd2 Bf3 24.g3 Ng6 25.Nf4 Nxf4 26.exf4 Qf5 27.Kh2 Qh5 28.Qd8 Kh7 29.h4 Qf5 30.Bc2 Qc5 31.Qd2 b5 32.a3 b4 33.axb4 Qc4 34.Kg1 Qa6 35.b5 Qa1 36.Bb1 Qa5?

37.Nxe4!! (Discover attack to the Black's Queen and thread a discover check plus a Knight check!) 1-0

Men standing link.
Women standing link.

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Strongly dominated by India, the federation is keen to see one more addition to their line-up. A total of 5 Indians players are confirmed to take part of 2009 World Cup :

Viswanathan Anand, 2788
Sasikiran Krishnan, 2669
Ganguly Surya Shekhar, 2637
Abhijeet Gupta, 2565
Sandipan Chanda, 2585

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