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Sasikiran wins Bronze at 5th Asian Indoor Games

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/09/2017

Sasikiran Krishnan adds another feather to his cap by winning Bronze medal for India in 5th Asian Indoor Games 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in the Standard format of the game. The gold medal went to Le Quang Liem, silver to Lu Shanglei and bronze to Sasi. In the women's section Indians didn't win a medal. It was two Chinese girls Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie at the top followed by Dinara Saduakassova with the bronze medal. We have the final day games, pictures and standings in this report.

Sasikiran wins Bronze in 5th Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Sasikiran Krishnan is the only Indian to have won a medal in the Standard format of 5th Asian Indoor Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Among other Indians, Surya Sekhar Ganguly finished in 9th position among Men whereas Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman secured 7th place and her compatriot Tania Sachdev secured 11th among women.

A proud moment for Indian chess! Sasi with his bronze medal |Photo: R.B. Ramesh

In the final round, Sasikiran faced IM Annaberdiev Meilis of Turkmenistan. In an Italian Opening, Meilis gave no chances to Sasi to gain a full point and maybe score a different medal.

Sasi before his final round game against local IM Annaberdiev Meilis | Photo: Vishal Sareen

Ganguly faced a strong opponent in the last round in the name of GM Lu Shanglei of China in Caro Kann Defence: Two Knight's variation. 

GM Lu Shanglei is all set to face GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly in the final round | Photo: Vishal Sareen

You can learn about this variation by getting The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1 by the 4th Indian to cross 2700, GM Vidit Gujrathi

Among the women, Tania faced a crushing defeat against Vietnamese WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram in Nimzo Indian Defence. Playing passive did not help her case and blundering a Bishop on move no. 22 sealed her fate.

WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram denied IM Tania Sachdev's wishes | Photo: Vishal Sareen

Viji smashed Iranian IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh in Nimzo Indian Defence. Sarasadat blundered an exchange on move no. 26 when she played Qe8.

Viji's game face is on before her final round battle against Iranian IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat | Photo: Vishal Sareen

Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian flags at the closing ceremony | Photo: R.B. Ramesh

The three winners! | Photo: R.B. Ramesh

The photo is not so clear but Gold goes to Le Quang Liem, Silver to Lu Shanglei and Bronze to Sasikiran Krishnan | Photo: R.B. Ramesh

In the women's section it was Tan Zhongyi who picked the gold, silver to Lei Tingjie and bronze to Dinara Saduakassova | Photo: Kema Goryaeva

Final Standings of Top 10 in Men

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11GMLe Quang LiemVIE27395,50,528,031,54,023,7575,55,090,41104,1
25GMLu ShangleiCHN26285,50,527,531,04,023,5075,54,301,201012,0
33GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26765,00,027,030,03,020,50754,940,06100,6
426IMMarkov MikhailKGZ23905,00,025,529,03,020,25752,012,991029,9
519GMHossain EnamulBAN24325,00,025,527,54,018,25753,341,661016,6
610GMIdani PouyaIRI25665,00,025,027,54,017,75754,330,67106,7
78GMKazhgaleyev MurtasKAZ25704,50,026,529,53,017,2574,54,250,25102,5
82GMWang YueCHN26994,50,026,029,53,018,7574,55,50-1,0010-10,0
94GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND26654,50,026,029,03,017,2574,55,32-0,8210-8,2
1016IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK24554,50,025,528,04,015,5074,53,660,84108,4

Complete Final Standings in Men

Final Standings of Top 10 in Women

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
12GMTan ZhongyiCHN25096,00,029,033,05,028,25764,581,421014,2
21GMLei TingjieCHN25345,50,029,033,05,025,0075,54,830,67106,7
33IMSaduakassova DinaraKAZ24445,00,027,031,03,021,50754,580,42104,2
410WGMAulia Medina WardaINA23755,00,026,027,04,017,00643,490,51105,1
57WGMHoang Thi Bao TramVIE24085,00,025,028,04,018,00754,850,15101,5
66GMZhu ChenQAT24245,00,024,026,05,017,50755,13-0,1310-1,3
711IMVijayalakshmi SubbaramanIND23585,00,023,025,55,015,50755,03-0,0310-0,3
85IMAbdumalik ZhansayaKAZ24284,50,028,031,03,018,2574,54,53-0,0310-0,3
912WIMVo Thi Kim PhungVIE23494,50,024,026,04,013,2574,54,190,31206,2
1013WGMHejazipour MitraIRI23454,50,023,526,54,016,0063,54,09-0,5920-11,8

Complete Final Standings in Women

Standard Format in 5th Asian Indoor Games is over. However Men and Women Rapid Team, Men and Women under 23 Rapid Team, Men and Women Blitz Team will get underway from 25th September 2017. Stay tuned for all the updates.

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