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Asian Cities kicks of in KIIT, Bhubaneshwar

by Gopakumar Sudhakaran - 27/08/2017

Asian Cities 2017 is being held in the Kalinga Institute Campus, Bhubaneshwar from the 26th of August to 1st of September 2017. Rasht from Iran is the top seed with the local KIIT team being the second seeds. Twelve teams are taking part in this event. Five teams are from India: KIIT, Bhubaneshwar,  Kolkata, Puri, Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar, while we have six International teams from Iran, UAE, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Oman, Palestine and Chinese Taipei. We have round one report.

Asian Cities Chess Championship for Dubai Cup got off to a rousing start at KIIT University Bhubaneswar on Saturday. A total number of 12 teams from eight countries are participating in this prestigious event.

The playing hall

Rasht team from Iran got the top billing followed by KIIT Bhubaneswar and Dhaka. Except Dhaka, all top ranked teams started the championship on winning note while late arrival of player caused Dhaka dearly as they settled for draw against Alquds, Palestine.

Rasht (right) defeated Puri 3 ½ - ½

Host KIIT Bhubaneswar outwitted Muscat on same margin.

The pride of Odisha chess: IM Sekhar Sahu

Penang, Dubai and Kolkata got better off Chinese Taipei, Cuttack and KISS Bhubaneswar, respectively in the opening round with 3 -1 margin.  

The championship was inaugurated by Prof. Sasmita Samanta, Registrar KIIT University in presence of Shri. SC Sahu, Vice President Ail India Chess Federation, Shri. KK Sarma, Secretary All Odisha Chess Association and Shri. Abdulrahim Mahdi, Chief Arbiter of the event.

Rank after Round 1

Rk.SNo TeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
11
Rasht, Iran1100203,51,8
22
Bhubaneswar (KIIT), India1100203,51,8
34
Penang, Malaysia1100203,03,0
45
Dubai, UAE1100203,03,0
56
Kolkata, India1100203,03,0
63
Dhaka, Bangladesh1010112,04,0
79
Alquds, Palestine1010112,04,0
810
Chinese Taipei1001001,03,0
911
Cuttack, India1001001,03,0
1012
Bhubaneswar (KISS), India1001001,03,0
117
Puri, India1001000,51,8
128
Muscut, Oman1001000,51,8

Board Pairings and results of Round 1

Round 1 on 2017/08/26 at 1500 hrs
Bo.1
  Rasht, Iran
Rtg-7
  Puri, India
Rtg3½: ½
1.1
Tahbaz, Arash
2381-
Pattnaik, Ashis
12191 - 0
1.2
Faghirnavaz, Ali
2255-
Baivab, Mishra
2074½ - ½
1.3FM
Sadeh, Shahin
2335-
Nayak, Rajesh
22111 - 0
1.4IM
Soozankar, A.M.
2327-
Rajat, Kumar Sahoo
17551 - 0
Bo.8
  Muscut, Oman
Rtg-2
  Bhubaneswar (KIIT), India
Rtg½ :3½
2.1
Al Houti, Houd
1783-FM
Rakesh, Kumar Jena
23940 - 1
2.2
Al, Ansi Amin
1898-
Sahoo, Utkal Ranjan
2247½ - ½
2.3
Mohammed, Ahmed Said Al Amri
1711-IM
Sahu, Sekhar Chandra
21670 - 1
2.4FM
Salim, Mohammed Salim Al Amri
2010-WGM
Kiran, Manisha Mohanty
21620 - 1
Bo.3
  Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rtg-9
  Alquds, Palestine
Rtg2 : 2
3.1FM
Rahman, Syed Mahfuzur
2131-
Dawabsha, Taha
19091 - 0
3.2IM
Mohammad, Minhaz Uddin
2428-
Miswadah, Baha
18741 - 0
3.3FM
Islam, Kh. Aminul
2231-
Allam, Mohamed
19540 - 1
3.4IM
Abu Sufian, Shakil
2323-
Salama, Taher
1784- - +
Bo.10
  Chinese Taipei
Rtg-4
  Penang, Malaysia
Rtg1 : 3
4.1
Wang, Ting-Hao
1746-
Looi, Xin Hao
2073½ - ½
4.2
Min, Po-Yen
1956-FM
Wong, Yinn Long
21690 - 1
4.3
Liu, Yeh Yang
2026-IM
Ooi, Zhi Yang
21410 - 1
4.4
Hsu, Hsuan-Ming
1743-CM
Tan, Jun Ying
2038½ - ½
Bo.5
  Dubai, UAE
Rtg-11
  Cuttack, India
Rtg3 : 1
5.1FM
Ahmed, Fareed
2016-
Rabindra, Kumar Ojha
1795½ - ½
5.2IM
Sultan, Ibrahim
2076-
Samal, Ansuman
19271 - 0
5.3
Ali, Abdulaziz
1881-
Shreyash, Shuvam Patnaik
16961 - 0
5.4
Salem, Ahmed Salem
1724-
Pattnayak, Nilsu
1763½ - ½
Bo.12
  Bhubaneswar (KISS), India
Rtg-6
  Kolkata, India
Rtg1 : 3
6.1
Nayak, Sajan Kumar
1698-
Sambarta, Banerjee
17100 - 1
6.2
Badamundi, Tapan
1691-
Sonkalan, Bharati
20180 - 1
6.3
Karjee, Manindra
1448-
Samrat, Ghorai
20321 - 0
6.4
Goura, Hari Mohapatra
1738-
Ganguly, Ritabroto
18470 - 1

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