Thursday, December 29, 2005

Asian Chess Updates

Finishing on 31.5 points out of a possible 40, the Indian mens side secured the gold medals at the Asian Teams in Iran. Vietnam placed for the silver, while Iran 'A' had to settle for bronze.

In the 10th and last round, India blanked out Iran 'B', 4-0. The Indians were undefeated throughout this double RR tournament between 6 teams. Congrats to India but I would suggest that this event is probably not as impressive as it looks.

Closer to home, in Singapore, Azmaiparashivili holds a slim lead over his rivals. After 6 rounds, the Georgian grandmaster is on 5.5 points. He is hotly pursued by Zhang Zhong, Ni Hua and Victor Mikhalevski who are all on five.

The closest Pinoy chasers are Paragua and Gonzales - both on 4.5 points. The defending champ, Paragua, went down to Azmaiparashvili yesterday in their individual match-up.

For more, don't forget to check out the Singapore Masters official site.

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