Asian Continental Chess Championship: Irene Sukandar Wins Women’s Crown with one Round to Go
Sharjah: Indonesian Irene Sukandar clinched the Asian Women’s chess crown with one round to spare at Sharjah Chess Club on Friday.
Meanwhile in the Open Section, Chinese GM Yu Yangyi beat Bu Xiangzhi to take sole lead with 6.5 points after the penultimate eighth round of the Asian Continental Chess Championship.
Sukandar drew in 37 moves of a Trompovsky Attack by Gong Qianyun of Singapore to tally seven points, an unreachable 1.5 ahead of second-place Iranian WGMs Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Atousa Pourkashiyan. The Indonesian matched her victory in the same event two years ago in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. She now advances to the Women’s World Cup next year.
In the race for silver and bronze medals in the Women’s division, tied at five points each in fourth to seventh slots are Gong Qianyun, Tan Zhongyi of China, Hoang Thi Bao Tram of Vietnam and IM Eesha Karavade of India.
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