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Lin, Darini join Indian leaders at Asian Continental; Vijayalakshmi barges into share of Women’s lead

The Asian Continental Chess Championships 2015 are currently in progress in Al Ain, UAE.

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Co-leaders GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly of India and compatriot GM Prasanna Vishnu drew with each other in the fourth round to maintain a share of the lead with 3.5 points each in the $87,000 Asian Continental Chess Championship at the Hilton Hotel in Al Ain, UAE. The draw between the co-leaders allowed two others, 27-year-old IM Lin Chen of Jiangsu, China and 24-year-old GM Darini Pouria of Iran, to catch up and tie with 3.5 points each.

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Ganguly used the Queen`s Gambit Declined but neither side could gain the advantage and the game reached a drawn Queen and pawn endgame in 43 moves. Lin used the Slav Defense to turn back GM Saleh A.R. Salem of the UAE. Salem played aggressively with the white pieces embarking on a kingside pawn storm. In classical response, Lin countered with a break in the center to create passed pawns which he managed to promote to Queen and force resignation on the 57th move.

Pouria outmaneuvered GM Chanda Sandipan of India in 59 moves of a Ruy Lopez. In the transition to the endgame, Darini had the better pawn structure and a centralized King when Sandipan resigned on the 59th move.

Indian GMs Lalith Babu, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Abhijeet Gupta, Deep Sengupta and six others trail a half point behind the leaders. Tied with them at 3 points each are top seed Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, GM Jahongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan, GM Gao Rui and IM Wang Chen of China, GM Idani Pouya of Iran and GM Rustam Khusnutdinov of Kazakhstan.

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In an interesting game between GM Lalith Babu of India against GM Enamul Hosain of Bangladesh, Lalith made the thematic Knight sacrifice 17.Nxe6 in the position at left and the game continued: 17… fxe6 18. Qg6+ Kd8 19. Rxd7+ Kxd7 20. fxe5 Rcf8 21. Rd1+ Kc8 22. exf6 gxf6 23. Bg4 Qe5 24. Bg3 Rhg8 25. Qh7 Rxg4 26. Qxe7 Rfg8 27. Bxe5 fxe5 28. Qxe6+ Kb8 29. Nd5 1-0

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In the women`s division, Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi, 36, six-time national women`s champion of India, beat Chinese WGM Zhang Xiaowen to barge into a 3-way tie for the lead. Vijayalakshmi comes from Chennai and in 2001 became the country`s first Woman Grandmaster and India`s first to earn the man`s International Master title. Tied with her at 3.5 points each are WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran and WGM Aulia Medina Warda of Indonesia who drew with each other in 32 moves of a Scotch Four Knights game.

Five Indian women are among 11 players trailing the leaders at 3 points each, namely WIM Pratyusha Bodda, IM Padmini Rout, WGM Soumya Swaminathan, WGM Mary Ann Gomes and IM Eesha Karavade. Tied with them are WGM Lei Tingjie and Wang Jue of China, Li Ruofan of Singapore, Mitra Hejazipour of Iran and WGM Madina Davletbayeva and Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan.

The event is organized by the Asian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and UAE Chess Federation. Six tournaments are scheduled with a top prize of $11,000 for first place in the Men`s and $6,000 first prize in the women`s championship. Rapid chess and blitz tournaments are scheduled in both the men`s and women`s divisions with a total of $12,000 in cash prizes. Tournaments will be conducted as 9 round Swiss System events. The top five advance to the World Cup next month in Baku, Azerbaijan. The women champion shall represent Asia in the FIDE Women`s World Championship.

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Men’s tournament standings after Round 4:

1 IM Lin Chen CHN 2494 3,5
2 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2631 3,5
3 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2502 3,5
4 GM Darini Pouria IRI 2501 3,5
5 GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2570 3
6 GM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2525 3
7 IM Wang Chen CHN 2524 3
8 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2644 3
9 GM Idani Pouya IRI 2568 3
10 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2699 3
11 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2619 3
12 GM Gao Rui CHN 2528 3
13 GM Sengupta Deep IND 2594 3
14 GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2510 3
15 Yuan Qingyu CHN 2359 2,5
16 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2585 2,5
17 Liu Chang CHN 2353 2,5
18 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2635 2,5
19 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2595 2,5
20 IM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2458 2,5
21 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2585 2,5
22 GM Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan MGL 2492 2,5
23 IM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan IND 2481 2,5
24 GM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2500 2,5
25 Xu Yinglun CHN 2463 2,5
26 Utegaliyev Azamat KAZ 2469 2,5
27 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2509 2,5
28 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2640 2,5
29 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2662 2,5
30 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2609 2,5
31 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2600 2,5
32 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2509 2,5
33 IM Chu Wei Chao CHN 2318 2
34 CM Alattar Rakan JOR 2012 2
35 GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2436 2
36 GM Kostenko Petr KAZ 2431 2
37 IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2426 2
38 FM Tologontegin Semetey KGZ 2390 2
39 IM Lou Yiping CHN 2454 2
40 Mamyrbay Assad KAZ 2217 2
41 IM Isaev Jamshed TJK 2300 2
42 FM Abdulwahhab Ahmed Abdulsattar IRQ 2297 2
43 GM Sharavdorj Dashzegve MGL 2423 2
44 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2493 2
45 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2417 2
46 GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2493 2
47 IM Nitin S. IND 2404 2
48 IM Pascua Haridas PHI 2447 2
49 GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2628 2
50 GM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2496 2
51 GM Debashis Das IND 2489 2
52 GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib BAN 2473 2
53 IM Nezad Husein Aziz QAT 2404 2
54 IM Saiyn Zhanat KAZ 2404 2
55 CM Shrestha Keshav NEP 2118 2
56 GM Gopal G.N. IND 2562 2
57 IM Wang Yiye CHN 2439 1,5
58 Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2416 1,5
59 IM Abdyjapar Asyl KGZ 2392 1,5
60 IM Asgarizadeh Ahmad IRI 2407 1,5
61 FM Li Di CHN 2384 1,5
62 FM Salih Akar Ali Salih IRQ 2359 1,5
63 FM Ayyad Maher BRN 2122 1,5
64 GM Batchuluun Tsegmed MGL 2485 1,5
65 FM Xu Yi CHN 2365 1,5
66 Xu Xiangyu CHN 2257 1,5
67 GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2484 1,5
68 Asgharzadeh M.Reza IRI 2276 1
69 FM Saeed Ishaq UAE 2252 1
70 FM Bayarmandakh Balgan MGL 2225 1
71 CM Al-Hajiri Bader KUW 2238 1
72 Bahaa M.T. Maswada PLE 1855 1
73 IM Lodhi Mahmood PAK 2310 1
74 FM Galappaththi Chinthaka Anurud SRI 2066 1
75 FM Byambaa Zulzaga MGL 2258 1
76 Sulimani Yaser KSA 1760 1
77 Al Houti Houd OMA 0 1
78 IM Iyti Basher SYR 2305 0,5
79 IM Baimurzin Aitkazy KAZ 2096 0,5
80 Nassar Marwan LIB 2030 0,5
81 Ezizov Jumamuhammet TKM 1789 0,5
82 FM Hj Azahari Md Aliuddin BRU 2024 0,5
83 Bukhari Mohameed KSA 1737 0

Women’s tournament standings after Round 4:

1 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman IND 2341 3,5
2 WGM Aulia Medina Warda INA 2412 3,5
3 WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa IRI 2341 3,5
4 WIM Pratyusha Bodda IND 2194 3
5 IM Padmini Rout IND 2444 3
6 WGM Lei Tingjie CHN 2436 3
7 WIM Davletbayeva Madina KAZ 2243 3
8 WIM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2321 3
9 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2325 3
10 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2314 3
11 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2401 3
12 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2409 3
13 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2360 3
14 IM Li Ruofan SIN 2374 3
15 Hakimifard Raana IRI 2084 2,5
16 WGM Zhang Xiaowen CHN 2376 2,5
17 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2512 2,5
18 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2412 2,5
19 WFM Asgarizadeh Minoo IRI 2180 2,5
20 WIM Dauletova Gulmira KAZ 2278 2,5
21 IM Shen Yang CHN 2443 2,5
22 WGM Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii MGL 2269 2,5
23 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2262 2
24 Hong Xing CHN 1882 2
25 WFM Alattar Ghayda M. JOR 1913 2
26 WIM Al-Rufaye Iman Hasan Mohammed IRQ 2088 2
27 IM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2332 2
28 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2219 2
29 WIM Shamima Akter Liza BAN 2155 2
30 Chu Ruotong CHN 2048 2
31 WIM Le Kieu Thien Kim VIE 2226 2
32 Liu Manli CHN 1995 2
33 IM Mohota Nisha IND 2259 2
34 WIM Kurbonboeva Sarvinoz UZB 2264 2
35 WGM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2227 2
36 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan KAZ 2327 2
37 WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2406 2
38 WIM Otgonjargal Sengeravdan MGL 2213 1,5
39 Khalaji Hanieh IRI 1965 1,5
40 WFM Li Yunshan CHN 1835 1,5
41 WIM Hakimifard Ghazal IRI 2219 1,5
42 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2390 1,5
43 WFM Antonova Nadezhda TJK 2011 1,5
44 Mir Mahmoud Afamia SYR 1949 1
45 WFM Boshra Alshaeby JOR 1987 1
46 WIM Nouman Amna UAE 1935 1
47 WFM Al Dhaffari Salma UAE 1655 1
48 WIM Ankhchimeg Bayanmunkh MGL 2180 1
49 WIM Al-Zarouni Kholoud Essa UAE 1840 1
50 Faqeeh Aseel JM PLE 1599 1
51 Aseel Odeh JOR 1588 1
52 WCM Ezizova Bagul TKM 1518 1
53 WFM Hj Azahari Siti Nur Fatimah BRU 2073 1
54 Alymbay Kyzy Aizhan KGZ 1903 0,5
55 WCM Al Maamari Wafia Darwish UAE 1500 0,5
56 WIM Algildah Nibal SYR 1920 0,5
57 WIM Al-Harmoudi Mona UAE 1745 0

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