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Covid stricken India out as Asian Chess Championship is set to begin

The Asian Individual Chess Championship 2021 will take place 21-30 May. 87 players (21 GMs and 21 IMs) will fight for 8 qualification spots for the FIDE World Chess Cup 2021.

This time the qualification event for the World Cup will not feature any Indian participants. The Covid-19 crisis that is unfolding in the country has prevented the India Chess Federation to field any players.

We had earlier slotted Chennai and Pune as the two cites which would host the players. But the lockdown meant that players from other cities couldn’t make it.

Bharat Singh Chauhan, AICF secretary in an interview with Prasad Ramasubramanian

Asian Continental 2021 is a hybrid event

The Asian Continental will be a hybrid format, with 9 rounds, Swiss system. The so-called “hybrid competition” is a new format where the games are played online, but the participants are physically present in a public place like a club, federation headquarters, hotel, etc. No fewer than two arbiters, a local chief arbiter, and a local technical arbiter must be present. If more than 10 players are in the playing venue, then additional arbiters are required one extra arbiter for each increase of one to 10 players. Cameras will be installed to give a panoramic view of the playing hall, and each player will be supervised by an individual camera as well. If the computers on which the games are played are not provided by the local organizer, a Zoom call with screen sharing is mandatory.

Hybrid chess is the new normal

Hybrid chess is thriving all around the world. Another two hybrid continental events – the European Qualification Chess Tournament (follow live here) and the American Continental Championship – are starting parallel to the Asian Continental event. Earlier this month we saw the hybrid version of Mitropa Cup 2021, where Italy impressed not only with quality chess, but also with their amazing venue.

Hybrid chess is a fantastic way to keep the community going through the difficult to travel times. At the same time over the board chess is making a slow comeback. We see the African Chess Championship 2021 being played OTB. Several children events in Serbia, Andorra, Romania, Nicaragua, etc are also making their way. Bulgaria impressed with an event with 262 players in the same hall.

Asian Continental 2021 participants

Top seeded are GM Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI), GM Lu Shanglei (CHN) and GM Amin Tabatabaei (IRI). The prize fund of the event is 16.000$, with 5.000$ reserved for the 2021 Asian Champion. Here is the full list of players.

1GMMAGHSOODLOO Parham IRI2698
2GMLU Shanglei CHN2615
3GMTABATABAEI M.Amin IRI2613
4GMYAKUBBOEV Nodirbek UZB2605
5GMXU Yinglun CHN2554
6GMMEGARANTO Susanto INA2550
7GMKUYBOKAROV Temur AUS2549
8GMGHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan IRI2547
9GMSINDAROV Javokhir UZB2544
10GMBATCHULUUN Tsegmed MGL2536
11GMVAKHIDOV Jakhongir UZB2533
12GMVOKHIDOV Shamsiddin UZB2529
13GMGHOLAMI Aryan IRI2513
14IMMOUSAVI Seyed Khalil IRI2510
15GMLEI Tingjie CHN2505
16GMPRIASMORO Novendra INA2502
17GMMosadeghpour Masoud IRI2486
18IMSONG Raymond TPE2485
19IMTIN Jingyao SGP2482
20GMATABAYEV Maksat TKM2475
21IMLOU Yiping CHN2472
22GMNASANJARGAL Urtnasan MGL2460
23 SATTAROV Bobir UZB2459
24IMTAHER Yoseph Theolifus INA2455
25GMBILGUUN Sumiya MGL2454
26 Gholami Orimi Mahdi IRI2430
27IMURAZAYEV Arystanbek KAZ2429
28IMMUNGUNTUUL Batkhuyag MGL2428
29IMATABAYEV Saparmyrat TKM2425
30IMGAN-ERDENE Sugar MGL2419
31IMAGIBILEG Uurtsaikh MGL2413
32GMMURSHED Niaz BAN2404
33IMABDYJAPAR Asyl KGZ2403
34GMHOSSAIN Enamul BAN2402
35IMALI Muhammad Lutfi INA2399
36IMSETYAKI Azarya Jodi INA2389
37IMAssaubayeva Bibisara KAZ2381
38IMERVAN Mohamad INA2356
39FMAMARTUVSHIN Ganzorig MGL2350
40FMSIDDHARTH Jagadeesh SGP2331
41WIMNING Kaiyu CHN2327
42IMQUIZON Daniel PHI2319
43FMAtakhan Abtin IRI2319
44IMMiciano John Marvin PHI2316
45IMMOHAMMAD FAHAD Rahman BAN2314
46FMLim Zhuo Ren MAS2311
47IMCONCIO Michael Jr. PHI2297
48WGMDAULETOVA Gulmira KAZ2285
49FMKAKABAYEV Mergen TKM2285
50WIMMUNKHZUL Turmunkh MGL2278
51FMANDYKA Pitra INA2276
52CMARFAN Aditya Bagus INA2274
53FMCHINGUUN Sumiya MGL2269
54FMSUBROTA Biswas BAN2268
55 ASUELA Ellan PHI2248
56IMABU SUFIAN Shakil BAN2242
57 ZHUKENOV Aituar KAZ2241
58FMBAASANSUREN Erdene MGL2229
59WIMSERIKBAY Assel KAZ2228
60WIMNURGALI Nazerke KAZ2217
61CMLIYANAGE Ranindu Dilshan SRI2203
62 ITGELT Khuyagtsogt MGL2184
63IMTARIGAN Gilbert Elroy INA2149
64FMDOLUWEERA Minul Sanjula SRI2129
65AGMLopez Henry PHI2107
66FMDE SILVA L M S T SRI2085
67FMNavaratnam Rohan Shan Tze MAS2071
68WFMOVEZDURDIYEVA Jemal TKM2061
69 THEEKSHANA H G Denuwan SRI2045
70FMAMILAL Munkhdalai MGL2033
71 ANAND Batsukh MGL1965
72 Moulic Alfred PHI1960
73CMBATBOLD Nyamsuren MGL1954
74 Bacojo Mark Jay PHI1926
75 TSOGZOLMAA Nanjid MGL1895
76 AL IBRAHIM Abdulrahman KUW1776
77 LORENZO Kimuel Aaron O. PHI1769
78CMTENUUNBOLD Battulga MGL1753
79AGMArca Christian Gian Karlo PHI1705
80 MARTICIO Jeremy PHI1695
81WCMBAYASGALAN Khishigbaatar MGL1640
82 ROMERO Gladimir Chester PHI1519
83 ALJADI Hussain KUW1257
84 AGAPAY Apollo P. PHI1003
85 AL-ZAATARI Fares Thamer KUW1002
86 Bayangat Arjie PHI1001
87 Dano Jimmy PHI1000

More information:

Asian Continental Chess Championship 2021 will be played in a hybrid format, 9 rounds, swiss system. The time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Each round of the event will be played through Tornelo online platform, starting from 11:00 CEST.
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