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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Asia Continental Chess R7: Negi, Sukandar Lead in Open, Women's Sections

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Hi everyone,
The latest chess news update from the Asian Continental Chess in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is that Indian GM Parimarjan beat Chinese GM Ding Liren in the seventh round to maintain his lead at the chess championshp. in only 30 moves to keep his lead in the Asian Chess Continental Championship here on Saturday.

Negi sacrificed a pawn on the 18th move to open lines against Ding's king in the centre since he had not castled. Negi controlled the half open file and was about to win a bishop when Ding resigned. Negi leads alone with six points. Three players -- GMs Yu Yangyi of China, Oliver Barbosa of the Philippines and Salem Saleh of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) -- follow with five and a half points each. 

In the women's section, WGM Irene Sukandar of Indonesia drew with Ding Yixin of China in 30 moves of a Sicilian Defence. They exchanged pieces and reached a drawn minor piece endgame. Sukandar leads alone with six points followed by Indian WGM Mary Ann Gomes with 5.5. Four players trail with 5 points each namely Eesha Karavade of India, and Chinese Tan Zhongyi, Wang Jue and Ding Yixin.

Gomes upset top seed GM Zhao Xue of China in 70 moves. Zhao had a bad pawn structure in the endgame and could not stop the pawn advance of her opponent.

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