Tagaytay Tokkata finish second and third in Asian Club chess
(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) The pspb team won the top prize of $10000 in the event sponsored by abu dhabi sports council abu dhabi tourism authority and etihad airways
asian chess federation president shaikh sultan bin khalifa al nahyan awards the winner’s trophy to the indian pspb team as other officials look on. — supplied photoThe indian pspb team (petroleum sports promotion board) won the 2014 asian club champions league remaining undefeated with 13 match points in the team tournament in al ain.The pspb team won the top prize of $10000 in the event sponsored by abu dhabi sports council abu dhabi tourism authority and etihad airways.The team of gms s.p. sethuraman krishnan sasikiran abhijit kunte and babu lalith beat hosts al ain 3:1 in the final round. the indian team won against all other teams with the exception of the tagaytay chess club of the philippines who held the indians to a draw in an earlier round.Tagaytay edged kazakhstan tokkata 2.5-1.5.in the final round to place second with 11 match points. team captain ia ilann perez decided not to field top board player im rolando nolte in order to give two top scorers im kim yap and im emmanuel senador the white pieces. surprisingly fm haridas pascua made short work of gm anuar ismagambetov on board 2. yap beat gm petr kostenko on board 1 to take a 2-0 lead and eventually im emmanuel senador drew with gm pavel kotsur to beat the kazaks even as fm m.j. turqueza bowed to gm khusnutdinov rustam. tagaytay won $6000 while the kazaks finished in third place with 10 match points for the $4000 prize.China’s shanghai chess club drew with communication sports club of iraq 2:2 to clinch fourth place. gm zhou jianchao defeated im saad a. i. sarsam on board 1 but im noah al ali evened the score by beating im lou yiping. wgm zhang xiaowen and zhang hong drew with fm ahmed ali layth ahmed and ehab mazin elias respectively. shanghai chess club finished with seven match points followed by al ain chess club with five match points.Australian western sydney placed sixth by tie break over the iraq team. sydney drew with bangladesh navy chess club 2-2. im max illingworth and karl zeleco of australia upset their respective opponents gm hossain enamul and fm ahmed sk. nasir. fm rahman md taibur and fm islam kh. aminul evened the score by beating im gary lane and im leonid sandler respectively.
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