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Monday, January 17, 2011

WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan wins Iranian Women's National Chess Championship

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Hello Everyone,

Congratulations to WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan for winning the 2011 Iran Chess Championship for Women. The event was organized from January 7 to 15 with 10 players competing in a round-robin format.

WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan
As luck would have it, the defending champion WFM Ghazal Hakimifard was leading up to the eighth round but lost to WFM Mitra HejaziPour and the title.
On the other side, WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, winner of the Asian Women's Chess Championship 2010 eventually held on with steady play to win the title. Ghazal Hakimifard was second and WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour finished third. You can find a nice report in English at or if you can figure out the language check the website of the Iranian Chess Federation here.
Final standings:
1 WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa 2397 - 7
2 WFM HakimiFard Ghazal 2204 - 6.5
3 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh 2212 - 5.5
4 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2127 - 5.5
5 WFM HejaziPour Mitra 2252 - 5.5
6 AsgariZadeh Minoo 2013 - 4.5
7 Alavi Homa 1997 - 4
8 Khalaji Hanieh 1948 - 4
9 Hakimifard Raana 1993 - 1.5
10 SaeidPour Mona 1896 - 1
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