Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 Iran Women's Chess Championship

Thanks to for this final report.  I checked the official website yesterday but the English language site has not been updated in months and I cannot read (or speak) Farsi.

From Chessdom - where you will also find photos and further links:

Iran Women's Chess Championship 2011
WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan takes the title in the exciting finish
The 2011 Iran Chess Championship for women (for the year 1389 according to Iranian calendar) was held from 7th to 15th January in Tehran. Ten players competed in the round robin tournament.

The defending champion WFM Ghazal Hakimifard maintained the lead up to the 8th round and had a good chance to celebrate the double, but WFM Mitra HejaziPour beat her in the last round and ruined her ambition.

On the other side, WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, winner of the Asian Women's Chess Championship in 2010 trailed behind Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Ghazal Hakimifard until the very finish, but then she used the opportunity to overtake the opposition and claim the Championship with a total of 7 points.

Ghazal Hakimifard landed on the second place while WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour finished third.

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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