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Monday, May 2, 2011

10th Asian Individual Chess Championship starts in Mashhad, Iran

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Hi everybody,

The 10th Asian Individual Chess Championship has started in the city of Mashhad, Iran with 28 Grandmasters and 11 Women Grandmasters in the field of the Open and Women's Championship, respectively. See for Open and Women's results. Watch top games live on the Asian Chess Federation site

Mashhad is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world. It is located 850 kilometers (530 mi) east of Tehran, close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Its population was 2,427,316 at the 2006 population census.

Women's World Champion Hou Yifan of China (left) drawing colors from Krishnan Sasikiran of India at the players' meeting of the Asian Individual Championship in Mashad, Iran. Looking on are Iran Chess Federation President Mohammad Jafar Kambouzia (seated), Iran Secretary General Hadi Karimi (right) and arbiter Dr. Mousa Ali Alireza of Iran. You can access the Tournament website for more information and updates. Stay tuned here as well for regular updates.

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