Rasht lifts Dubai Cup

Rasht Team with trophy

Bhubaneswar(01 Sep 17):- The top seeded Iranian team Rasht registered a convincing 4 – 0 victory over Dubai in the final round to clinch the Dubai Cup for Asian Cities Chess Championship with 16 match points here at KiiT University on Friday.

Host Bhubaneswar with 14 match points finished as runner up after settling for a draw with Puri in the final round encounter while Dhaka finished third with 13 match points after defeating Muscat.

Rakesh Kumar Jena of Bhuaneswar won Gold on second board while Rasht team members Arash Tahbaz, Faghirnavaz Ali, Sadeh Shahin and Soozankar A M won Gold on First, Third, Fourth and Fifth boards, respectively.

In a colourful closing ceremony, Shri. Achuyuta Samanta, founder Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and Kalinga Institute of Social Science gave away the medals and trophies to the winners in presence of Shri. Sekhar Chandra Sahu, Vice President AICF, Shri. KK Sarma, Secretary All Odisha Chess Association and Shri. Mahadi Abulrahim, Chief Arbiter.

Round-9 (Results) :- Rasht (16) beat Dubai (7) 4 – 0; Bhubaneswar (14) drew with Puri (8) 2 – 2; Muscat (7) lost to Dhaka (13) ½ – 3½ ; Penang (12) beat Bhubaneswar ‘A’ (5); Kolkata (9) drew with Cuttack (4) 2 -2 ; Chinese Taipei (6) lost to Alquds (7) 1½ -2½.

Final Standings :-

 

1 Rasht, Iran 16
2 Bhubaneswar, India 14
3 Dhaka, Bangladesh 13
4 Penang, Malaysia 12
5 Kolkata, India 9
6 Puri, India 8
7 Dubai, UAE 7
8 Muscat, Oman 7
9 Alquds, Palestine 7
10 Chinese Taipei 6
11 Bhubaneswar’A, India 5
12 Cuttack, India 4

Board Prizes :-

Board – 1
Rank Name Team
1 Tahbaz Arash Rasht, Iran
2 Looi Xin Hao Penang, Malaysia
3 Rahman Syed Mahfuzur Dhaka, Bangladesh
Board -2
Rank Name Team
1 Rakesh Kumar Jena Bhubaneswar, India
2 Sultan Ibrahim Dubai, UAE
3 Wong Yinn Long Penang, Malaysia
Board-3
Rank Name Team
1 Faghirnavaz Ali Rasht, Iran
2 Sahoo Utkal Ranjan Bhubaneswar, India
3 Islam Kh. Aminul Dhaka, Bangladesh
Board-4
Rank Name Team
1 Sadeh Shahin Rasht, Iran
2 Nayak Rajesh Puri, India
3 Tan Jun Ying Penang, Malaysia
Board-5
Rank Name Team
1 Soozankar A.M. Rasht, Iran
2 Rahman Md. Taibur Dhaka, Bangladesh
3 Kiran Manisha Mohanty Bhubaneswar, India