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Qin Ranran wins Japan Women Chess Championship 2018

image1Japan Women Chess Championship was held from 4th to 5th Aug in Tokyo. The venue was Ikegami Kaikan.
The tournament was played using the Swiss System with 6 rounds, time control was 45 min + 30 sec. increment from move 1.
The final standing will be used to determine qualifiers for international events except for Chess Olympiad.
The winner qualifies to play at 2019 Japan Championship.

9 players took part in the event.
The winner is Ranran Qin with 5,5 points out of 6. She won 5 games and drew only against Azumi Sakai.

Second is Mirai Ishizuka with 4,5 points and better tiebreak.
Third is Azumi Sakai who went undefeated with 3 wins and 3 draws.

The Japan open and women’s teams for the 2018 Chess Olympiad is already known!

Women’s team consists of: Karen Hoshino, Meilin Hoshino, Natsumi Kojima, Azumi Sakai and Misaki Shibata.

The team captain is: Reigin Hoshino.

Open team consists of: Shinya Kojima, Tomohiko Matsuo, Ryosuke Nanjo, Yuto Otawa and Kohei Yamanda.

The team captain is: Mihajlo Stojanovic.

Final standings

1 Qin Ranran 5,5
2 Ishizuka Mirai 4,5
3 Sakai Azumi 4,5
4 Kojima Natsumi 3
5 Ishii Koto 3
6 Sekine Yuri 3
7 Misawa Yuki 2,5
8 Yamada Yuki 1
9 Uehara Erina 1

Pictures are taken by Mr. Akihiro Yamada.
Thanks to Mr. Yamada, Azumi Sakai and JCA for the cooperation.

Report by Marian Petrov
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