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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Uzbekistan, China win gold at chess in 16th Asian Games

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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumnzhinov and Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan make the ceremonial moves assisted by Men's top seed Le Quang Liem (VIE) and Hou Yifan (CHN), respectively, opening the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Hi Everyone,

Uzbekistan has won the gold in the men's section while China has won the gold in the women's and team sections at the ongoing 16th Asian Games 2010 being held in Guangzhou, China.

Men's Section:
Gold - GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 7.5
Silver - GM Le Quang Liem VIE 7.5
Bronze - GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 6.5

In the Women's Section, the gold and silver both went to China while India picked up the Bronze.

Women's Section:
Gold - GM Hou Yifan CHN 8.5
Silver - GM Zhao Xue CHN 7,5
Bronze - IM Harika Dronavalli IND 6.5

Individual matches were held as rapid games with 25 Min and 10 Seconds increment for each player. Team matches were held as games lasting 90 minutes + 30 Seconds increment for each move.

Incidentally, two players from Mongolia, WGM Bathimeg Tuvshingtus and FM Battulga Namkhai, reported 5 seconds late to their Board and lost their games!

All players who finished their games were allowed to go to the Players Lounge where refreshments are available. The two Mongolian players did not take their seats five minutes before start time as all players did. They started rushing for the table only when the Chief Arbiter announced the start of the games and could not reach their tables in time.

A women's team official from Bangladesh had to pay a fine of 2,000 Yuan (US$300) when her mobile phone rang in the tournament hall.

You can find other details at the official Asian Games website here and some nice news reports at

RankNOCGoldSilverBronzeTotal MedalsRank
1China China0110111011231
2Uzbekistan Uzbekistan1010000001012
3Viet Nam Viet Nam0001010001012
4India India0000000110112

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