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🏆 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Wesley So, Ding Liren, Yangyi Yu, Le Quang Liem, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Krishnan Sasikiran, Yifan Hou, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Parimarjan Negi, Jianchao Zhou, Abhijeet Gupta, Ngoc Truongson Nguyen, Sandipan Chanda, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Anton Filippov, Weiqi Zhou, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Mark Paragua, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Ju Wenjun, Elshan Moradiabadi, Rogelio Antonio Jr, Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Xiu Deshun, Thien Hai Dao, Tsegmed Batchuluun, Ziaur Rahman, Susanto Megaranto, Abhijit Kunte, Anh Dung Nguyen, Rui Gao, Li Shilong, Eugenio Torre, Buenaventura Bong Villamayor, Darwin Laylo, Dzhurabek Khamrakulov, Kannappan Priyadharshan, Morteza Mahjoob, John Paul Gomez, Dronavalli Harika, Chen Zhu, Saidali Iuldachev, Deepan Chakkravarthy J, Enamul Hossain, Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa, Shaoteng Yu, Rui Wang, Mohamad Naser Al Sayed, Jayson Gonzales, Rolando Nolte, Sadikin Irwanto, Van Huy Nguyen, Wan Yunguo, Hoang Thong Tu, Richard Bitoon, Kore Akshayraj, Oliver Dimakiling, Kaiqi Yang, Qian Huang, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, Lou Yiping, Homayoon Toufighi, Niaz Murshed, Alexey Kim, Batkhuyag Munguntuul, Qi Guo, Julijan Plenca, Ding Yixin, Thanh Son Nguyen, Haridas Pascua, Jan Emmanuel Garcia, Tania Sachdev, Xiaowen Zhang, Irine Kharisma Sukandar, Jia Haoxiang, Edgardo Garma, Eesha Karavade, Shakil Abu Sufian, Zhang Ziyang, Nisha Mohota, Evgeniy Pak, Vinh Bui, Yu Lie, Deniel Causo, Hoang Thi Bao Tram, Canh Huan Hoang, Awam Wahono, Anjas Novita, Wang Li, Ronald Bancod, Kruttika Nadig, Ghate Swathi, Atousa Pourkashiyan, David Elorta, Hoang Nam Nguyen, Edgar Reggie Olay, Nafisa Muminova, Hassan Abdullah, Thi Thanh An Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung Nguyen plus 30 more players.

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 692  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sasikiran vs J Gonzales 1-03520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
2. B Gundavaa vs So 0-16120098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. J Zhou vs Ding Liren  ½-½6620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
4. J C Sadorra vs Kazhgaleyev  1-04220098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
5. Ganguly vs Thanh Son Nguyen 1-03820098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. S Irwanto vs E Ghaem Maghami  ½-½5820098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Negi vs V S Gujrathi  ½-½4220098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
8. R Wang vs Le Quang Liem  0-15720098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
9. Y Hou vs Wan Yunguo 0-14620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
10. Y Yu vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½3520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC10 French
11. M Al-Modiahki vs O Dimakiling  ½-½4320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. H Mas vs A Gupta  0-13520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. W Zhou vs Van Huy Nguyen  ½-½6420098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. Xiu Deshun vs E Torre  ½-½6720098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. S Chanda vs E Garma  1-06920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA14 English
16. Zhang Ziyang vs Li Shilong  0-13320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. S Megaranto vs J Plenca 0-15920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Yang vs T Dao  0-14120098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. J P Gomez vs K Priyadharshan  1-04920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. Lou Yiping vs E Hossain  ½-½5320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. M Paragua vs N Murshed  ½-½4220098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC10 French
22. K Akshayraj vs E Moradiabadi  0-13620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. Z Rahman vs W Li  1-04920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
24. T Batchuluun vs V Bui  1-07920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA90 Dutch
25. R Antonio vs A Wahono  ½-½5820098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
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May-22-09  timhortons: Hou,Y - So,W, Asian Continental Championships 2009

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1. (0.90): 38.Qxe7 Rxe7[] 39.Kg3 a5 40.c4 Kf7 41.h4 Ke6[] 42.Bb6 a4[] 43.Kf4 2. (0.78): 38.Qf4 Re2+ 39.Bf2 Rxd2 40.Qxd2 Qe6 41.Qd8+ Kf7 42.Qc7+ Qd7 43.Qf4 Qb5 44.b4 g5 45.Qd2 g4 46.fxg4 3. (0.61): 38.Kg3 Qxh4+ 39.Kxh4[] Rc1

<Yifan missed this 38.Qxe7>

May-22-09  zanshin: <Boomie: Another point of 29...Rf6 is it blocks the white queen along the h4-d8 diagonal. Nxh3 becomes a threat and forces 30. Qd7 to defend.>

<Boomie> Good point!

<visayanbraindoctor> Thanks for your comments to <tim> and myself. I pretty much agree with them. I wish we could emulate the Chinese model, but I don't see it happening. They have always been more willing than us to allocate resources to sports development. I'll cross-post <NM Glenn>'s forum - hopefully he can comment because many of the chess players you cited were his contemporaries. Thanks again.

May-22-09  migenti: <Ladolcevita: <migenti: Can anyone tell me how many of the top places qualify for this year's World Cup? >

As sina reported,its TOP 10.>

thanks, who can qualify now for the top 10?

May-22-09  Ladolcevita: <migenti>
see results before the last round

live web

May-22-09  BigBangDistantEcho: Ladolcevita,
May-22-09  BigBangDistantEcho: Young Chinese GM stamps class in Subic chessfest
THIS 15-year-old girl is competing, as she puts it, “for the experience” in the open division of the 8th Asian Continental Championship at the Subic Bay Free Port.

But grandmaster Hou Yifan of China is in a group of 12 players—which includes Filipino GM Joey Antonio and international master Richard Bitoon—just half-a-point behind the four leaders after Sunday’s fifth round.

That could mean trouble for the men’s against Hou, who was second in the 2008 world’s women’s chess championship, as Bitoon found out Sunday.

Bitoon, playing black in a Sicilian Defense, was on the ropes against Hou, but in time trouble the advantage shifted to Bitoon’s side. Hou dug in despite having a bishop against a rook in a queen endgame and the game ended in a draw in 80 moves.

“She is friendly, with a smile on her face,” said Bitoon of his 5’5” rival in a phone interview with Standard Today. “But she is malupit [accurate] and has an all-around style.”

Her first Filipino victim was national master Edgardo Garma who did not survive the opening. “He [Garma] made a mistake and it was exploited quickly,” said Bitoon.

In answers to e-mailed questions given to her by Standard Today through FIDE deputy president for Asia Toti Abundo, Hou said the tournament has made a good impression on her. “Fresh air, good environment. This has been an excellent tournament. Hopefully chess will have a bright future in the Philippines.”

The tournament selects the Top 10 regional qualifiers to the next stage of the championship. Hou, having finished second in the 2008 women’s championship, has earned her ticket and is playing in the open division for experience.

Chinese chess officials are pinning her hopes that Hou will be a superstar. The daughter of a magistrate and a former nurse, Hou became the youngest woman to become a grandmaster at 14 years and six months in 2008.

Hou said she goes to a regular school, but stays with the national team in Beijing.

One of her coaches said Hou has all the qualities to become the world’s top woman chessplayer, a distinction held by Judit Polgar of Hungary for nearly a decade.

May-23-09  ppeti84: Judit Polgar has hold it for 21 year(she leads the women's list since 1988, when she was 12 year old)
May-23-09  timhortons: I Think Wesley miscalculate this exchange.

So,W - Le,Q, Asian Continental Championships 2009

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1. (-1.00): 15...Nxc7 16.Rxc7[] Qa5+ 17.Rc3 Nxc3 18.bxc3 Qxc3+ 19.Qd2 Qa1+ 20.Qd1 Qxd1+ 21.Kxd1 Rc8 22.Kd2 a6 23.Ne2 b5 2. (0.33): 15...Qa5+ 16.b4 Qxb4+ 17.Kf1 Nxc7 18.Rxc7 Bf6 19.Ne2 a5 20.g3 a4 21.Qd3 3. (0.87): 15...Nec5 16.Nxa6 Qxa6[] 17.Rc3

May-23-09  Ladolcevita: Entering WCC:
1 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2625 8,0 2546 2554
2 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2563 8,0 2505 2515
3 Yu Yangyi CHN 2433 7,5 2575 2582
4 GM Yu Shaoteng CHN 2504 7,5 2570 2585
5 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2591 7,5 2545 2551
6 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI 2518 7,5 2529 2544
7 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2590 7,5 2525 2535
8 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2635 7,5 2499 2506
9 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2558 7,0 2577 2587
10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2682 7,0 2528 2536
May-23-09  Ladolcevita: <BTW>
If Yifan didnt lose to WanYunguo(who is not a strong player actually) in the first round,she could be No.1~~
May-23-09  timhortons: Considering that Wesley is white here.He could have controlled the tempo of the game but obviously he was beatin after first few moves after the opening.

[Event "Asian Continental Championships"]
[Site "Subic Bay, PHI"]
[Date "2009.05.23"]
[Round "11"]
[White "So, Wesley"]
[Black "Le, Quang Liem"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B52"]
[WhiteElo "2641"]
[BlackElo "2591"]
[Annotator "Hob"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 g6 7. d4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bg7 9. h3 O-O 10. Be3 Qc7 11. Rc1 Qxc4 12. Nd5 Qxa2 13. Nc7 Na6 14. Nxa8 Nxe4 15. Nc7 Nxc7 16. Rxc7 Qa5+ 17. Rc3 Nxc3 18. bxc3 Qxc3+ 19. Qd2 Qa1+ 20. Qd1 Qa5+ 21. Qd2 Qd5 22. O-O Rc8 23. Rb1 b6 24. Kf1 f5 25. Nb5 Qxd2 26. Bxd2 a6 27. Nxd6 exd6 28. Rxb6 Ra8 29. Ba5 Be5 30. g3 f4 31. gxf4 Bxf4 32. Rb7 Be5 33. Kg2 Bd4 34. Rd7 Bc5 0-1

So,W - Le,Q, Asian Continental Championships 2009

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1. (-1.87): 35.Kg3 Ra7 36.Rd8+ Kf7 37.f4 Ke6 38.Kg4 Rf7 39.Ra8 Ba7 40.Bb4 Rb7 41.Re8+ Kf7 2. (-1.87): 35.Rb7 Ra7 36.Rb8+ Kf7 37.Kg3 Ke6 38.f4 Rf7 39.Kg4 Ba7 40.Re8+ Kd7 41.Ra8 3. (-2.01): 35.f4 Ra7 36.Rd8+ Kf7 37.Kf3 Re7 38.Bd2 Rb7 39.Ke4

May-23-09  timhortons: Corus B which Caruana conquered last year has much stronger set of player than what Wesley faced here.

I hope team Wesley So could go back to the drawing board and check if there's something wrong somewhere .

Plug the leak and ligate the bleeder.

May-23-09  BigBangDistantEcho: A thorough re-evaluation, re-assessment, game plan focus, and a better perspective of things to come...
Spice Cup and WJCC, if he has plans of competing in Mar Del Plata, Argentina by September - October, I believe.
May-23-09  migenti: <Ladolcevita: Entering WCC:
1 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2625 8,0 2546 2554
2 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2563 8,0 2505 2515
3 Yu Yangyi CHN 2433 7,5 2575 2582
4 GM Yu Shaoteng CHN 2504 7,5 2570 2585
5 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2591 7,5 2545 2551
6 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI 2518 7,5 2529 2544
7 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2590 7,5 2525 2535
8 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2635 7,5 2499 2506
9 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2558 7,0 2577 2587
10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2682 7,0 2528 2536>

thanks for the updates. I think untitled player Yu Yangyi is the surprise qualifier! He's born in only 1994! wow

May-23-09  timhortons: GM Ganguly cheers for the win.

I meet this man few years ago in a tourney here in montreal and i still had my personal photo of him.

Well deserve win.

Cheers again,I hope you enjoy your stay in Subic Philippines.It's one of the cleanest and orderly city in the Philippines.

May-23-09  Ladolcevita: <migenti>
Yep,he is a genius too!
He is the youngest ChessAssociationMaster(9years old plus 4months)in China,and he won the world junior chess championship Under10 in 2004 in Greece.
May-23-09  Eyal: Wow, Yu Yangyi's rating is 2433 and his performance rating was close to 2700 ( I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more about him.

Btw, I've checked it with CG and the reason the cross-table (8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)) here appears so confused is that the official site didn't make any distinction in their PGNs between the main event and the Women's Championship, so this page includes the games from both events. For a more orderly picture, you can look up

May-23-09  BigBangDistantEcho: Tim, GM Ganguly is GM Mark Paragua's tormentor/sorcerer on the chessboard.

He seemed to weave his magical chess plays with him, casting a spell that will not go away, in their professional duel. Laughs.

Personally,I believe he is good guy, like K. Sasikiran.

May-23-09  YifanFan: <Ladolcevita: <BTW> If Yifan didnt lose to WanYunguo (who is not a strong player actually) in the first round,she could be No.1~~>

Hopefully you are right, but it is not necessarily so. Had she won her first round game she would have had a different draw. She may have scored better, or maybe not.

May-23-09  rjsolcruz: re: So - Le. The Rossolimo Sicilian employed by So was also used in drawing with Shirov in the last Olympiad, if I am not mistaken. Does it indicate that Wesley is going for a draw? And will 7 points, if he got the draw in this game, earn him a ticket to the World Cup?
May-24-09  Ladolcevita: <YifanFan>So this is Swiss??Yeah...then its totally different...
May-26-09  brucejavier: is she past the 2600 ELO MARK??? considering her strong performance in the Asian Continental Chess Championship??
May-27-09  Open Defence: cross table has Ganguly at 8/11 and Zhang Xiaowen at 9/11

some missing games perhaps ? but if this is a swiss....

May-27-09  Eyal: <Deffi> See my post above - they've mixed up two tournaments here... Zhang Xiaowen is the winner of the Women championship.
May-27-09  Open Defence: thanks <Eyal>>, I usually read through your posts carefully but this time I totally missed that part on the PGNs
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