Asian Nations Cup Rapid 2018: Silver for the girls, Men take home bronze
by Shahid Ahmed - 29/07/2018
Team India began it's campaign for Asian Nations Cup 2018 in Hamadan, Iran by winning Silver and Bronze medals in Women's and Open category respectively in the rapid section. Vaishali scored the maximum from the women's team and in the men's team, Adhiban,
Sasikiran and Sethuraman, all three were the equally highest scorers for their team. In the open section, Iran Green won the gold, China won the silver and in women's category China won the gold and Iran Green won the bronze. In this report, you will find games, positions and photos of the Indian team from day 1 of Asian Nations Cup 2018. We also have games and results of round one of the Classical section. Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Team India begin with medal winning performances
Indian Women's team: Padmini Rout, Eesha Karavade, R Vaishali and Aakanksha Hagawane along with Swapnil Dhopade (Women's team coach) and Indian Men's team: B Adhiban, K Sasikiran, Abhijeet Gupta and S P Sethuraman | Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Asian Nations Chess Up 2018 Official Logo | Source: Official site
Adhiban unleashed beast mode in the endgame against Truong Nguyen | Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Sasikiran broke through Idani Pouya's defence with a brilliant sacrifice in round 2 | Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Find out how Sasikiran (White) launched a devastating attack here
Surya Sekhar Ganguly extracted his opponent Parham Maghsoodloo's king out in the open. Black to play.
Sethuraman scored valuable 3.5/5 for the team | Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
White (Sethuraman) to play. How did he finish off the game?
Abhijeet Gupta might have scored the least among his teammates but he got a crucial victory in the last round | Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Abhijeet Gupta - Nguyen Anh Koi
Black just played 28.Rxd3. Find out how did Abhijeet finish things off?
The Indian girls have to wear the hijab in Iran| Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Harika had a good start and scored 4.0/6 for her team | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Padmini did not have the best start as she lost three consecutive games, but she is known for making strong comebacks | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Eesha made a steady start, scoring 3.5/6 | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Vaishali played all 7 games and scored the highest for her team 5.0/7 | Photo: Amruta Mokal
Aakanksha played two games and she won them both | Photo: Supriya Bhat
Final standings in Open category
Finishing third wasn't the best result for the Indian team because we were the top seeds of the event.
In the first round itself team India was held to a draw by Uzbekistan:
2 : 2
½ - ½
0 - 1
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
1 - 0
½ - ½
Adhiban on board one drew his game with the black pieces. Sethu on board two provided the win and Abhijeet Gupta on board four drew his game. Young Javokhir Sindarov on board four managed to beat Surya Sekhar Ganguly | Photo: Swapnil Dhopade
Here is Sethuraman's win against Nikita Khoroshev:
The game between Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Javokhir Sindarov is incomplete. This is how the opening phase went:
India has Harika, Eesha and Padmini who will be playing at the Olympiad as well. But instead of Humpy and Tania, at the Asian Nations Cup we have two young girls R.Vaishali and Akanksha Hagawane.
In round one team India drew their match against Uzbekistan. Vaishali's win on board two was balanced by Eesha's loss on board three with Harika and Padmini drawing their games. A welcome change is a young coach of the women's team - 28-year-old Swapnil Dhopade.
The games were shown live for the Indian women's team in round one
A qualification spot for the world team championships 2019 is at stake here. We wish the Indian team the best in this event.