The 13th Asian Continental Individual Open and Women’s Chess Championships are taking place 16th to 26th April 2014 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The top five from the 2014 Asian Open Championship qualify for the 2015 World Cup. The 2014 Asian Women’s champion qualifies for the 2015 Women’s World Championship.
In the 8th round GM Yu Yangyi beat his compatriot GM Bu Xiangzhi to move into sole lead with 6,5/8 points.
In the other top game GM Ni Hua and GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam split the point and are now joined by GM Adhiban B on the shared second place with 6,0/8 each.
In the Women section WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma was held to a draw by WIM Gong Qianyun, but nevertheless her lead extended to point and a half following the defeat of WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan.
Kharisma claimed the title of Asian Women’s Champion with one round to spare. This is her second Asian title as she was also champion in 2012.
Live Games Open / Live Games Women / Official website
Vijay Kumar presents the round 8 video