Asian Indoor Individual: Sasikiran Wins Bronze


Photo: GM R.B Ramesh

Tension reigned from the first moments of the final round of the Standard Individual Chess events of the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at the Chess Arena on Sunday, September 24.

Co-leaders on the men’s side, Quang Liem Le (VIE) and Lu Shanglei (CHN) played alongside each other, both with the white pieces. If they finished level on points, the tiebreak formula would probably give Le the gold, so Lu cagily waited to see how Le’s opening shaped up.

Once Le chose a solid set-up (Bf4 and e3) against Pouya Idani’s (IRI) Leningrad Dutch, Lu decided to try a provocative line against Surya Shekhar Ganguly (IND) Caro-Kann defense.

Le’s game finished much earlier than Lu’s, in a draw. Lu was on the backfoot against Ganguly for a long time and did not have hopes of winning until late in an ending.

Ganguly held the draw, meaning Le and Lu finished level on 5.5 points. Le took the gold on tiebreak, and deservedly so, for his play has been almost impeccable at Ashgabat 2017.

Lu took the silver medal and a tiebreak formula for bronze was needed to separate four players on 5 points: Idani, Sasikiran Krishnan (IND), Enamul Hossain (BAN) and Mikhail Markov (KGZ) – the last two winning on demand in round 7. The formula awarded the bronze medal to Krishnan.

The women’s Standard Individual event came down to micro-matches between China and Kazakhstan on the two top boards.

Playing black, Tan Zhongyi (CHN) safeguarded her tournament lead and drew without difficulty against Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ) to secure gold. The draw meant a bronze medal for Saduakassova.

On board 2, top seed Lie Tingjie (CHN) came well prepared for Zhansaya Abdulmalik’s (KAZ) pet system versus d4 (Nf6, d6, and quickly Bf5, then Qc8 after white’s Qb3). Lie gained oceans of space, imprisoned black’s knights on the edges of the board, and was never off balance as she marched to victory and a silver medal at 5.5 points, 0.5 points behind Tan. 

Zhu Chen (QAT) performed under pressure on board 3 and defeated VO Thi Kim Phung (VIE), but did not win bronze owing to the tiebreak formula used to split five players on 5 points.

Final Ranking crosstable after 7 Rounds

Rk. Name FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd 7.Rd Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 21w1 11b1 14w1 2b½ 3w½ 7b1 6w½ 5,5 0,5 28,0 31,5 4,0 23,75
2 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 23w1 10b1 13w1 1w½ 12b1 3b½ 9w½ 5,5 0,5 27,5 31,0 4,0 23,50
3 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 28w1 12b½ 29b1 5w1 1b½ 2w½ 11b½ 5,0 0,0 27,0 30,0 3,0 20,50
4 IM Markov Mikhail KGZ 9w½ 15b1 7w½ 10b½ 14w½ 16b1 24w1 5,0 0,0 25,5 29,0 3,0 20,25
5 GM Hossain Enamul BAN 41w1 6b1 8w½ 3b0 13w½ 30b1 12w1 5,0 0,0 25,5 27,5 4,0 18,25
6 GM Idani Pouya IRI 34b1 5w0 27b1 29w1 9w1 12b½ 1b½ 5,0 0,0 25,0 27,5 4,0 17,75
7 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 30b1 17w½ 4b½ 20w1 21b1 1w0 8b½ 4,5 0,0 26,5 29,5 3,0 17,25
8 GM Wang Yue CHN 26b1 19w1 5b½ 12w0 11b½ 10b1 7w½ 4,5 0,0 26,0 29,5 3,0 18,75
9 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 4b½ 27w½ 28b1 17w1 6b0 22w1 2b½ 4,5 0,0 26,0 29,0 3,0 17,25

Final Ranking crosstable after 7 Rounds

Rk. Name FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd 7.Rd Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 GM Tan Zhongyi CHN 21b1 7w1 18b1 2w1 8b½ 5w1 3b½ 6,0 0,0 29,0 33,0 5,0 28,25
2 GM Lei Tingjie CHN 17w1 9b1 6w1 1b0 4w1 13b½ 8w1 5,5 0,0 29,0 33,0 5,0 25,00
3 IM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 20w1 10b½ 4w½ 15b1 11w½ 12b1 1w½ 5,0 0,0 27,0 31,0 3,0 21,50
4 WGM Aulia Medina Warda INA 22b1 38w1 3b½ 16w1 2b0 11b½ 14w1 5,0 0,0 26,0 27,0 4,0 17,00
5 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 26w1 12b½ 15w½ 17b1 23w1 1b0 11w1 5,0 0,0 25,0 28,0 4,0 18,00
6 GM Zhu Chen QAT 27b1 19w1 2b0 23w0 33b1 16w1 9w1 5,0 0,0 24,0 26,0 5,0 17,50
7 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman IND 31w1 1b0 14w0 29b1 24w1 23b1 13w1 5,0 0,0 23,0 25,5 5,0 15,50
8 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya KAZ 25w1 15b½ 12w1 14b1 1w½ 9b½ 2b0 4,5 0,0 28,0 31,0 3,0 18,25
9 WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung VIE 32b1 2w0 30b1 33w1 18b1 8w½ 6b0 4,5 0,0 24,0 26,0 4,0 13,25
10 WGM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 37w+ 3w½ 16b0 12b0 22w1 20b1 23w1 4,5 0,0 23,5 26,5 4,0 16,00
11 IM Tania Sachdev IND 24w1 14b½ 13w½ 20b1 3b½ 4w½ 5b0 4,0 0,0 27,0 30,0 2,0 16,00