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Kazakhstan third at Asian Nations Chess Cup

Kazakh women's chess team. ©Daniyar Ashirov Kazakh women's chess team. ©Daniyar Ashirov

Kazakhstan’s national chess team has become third at the Asia Nations Cup 2016, Tengrinews reports.

On April 6, the final rounds of the classical chess tournament put both Kazakhstan’s men’s and women’s teams on the podium in Abhu Dhabi. Both Kazakhstan teams landed in the third place.

Kazakhstan’s women’s team, known for its international victories, consisted of WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik, WGM Dinara Saduakassova, WIM Gulmira Dauletova, WFM Sholpan Zhylkaidarova and WIM Madina Davletbayeva.  

At the classical chess Asia Nations Cup 2016 the Chinese women’s team got 15 points and finished in the first place. The Uzbekistan team finished second with 14 points. And the Kazakh team finished third with 13 points. Kazakhstan was followed by India, Vietnam, Mongolia, Iran and UAE.   

Kazakhstan's national chess teams ©Daniyar Ashirov

The Kazakh women’s team was heading for the second place at the tournament until the last round, when they failed to prevail over the Vietnamese team. This put the Uzbek team ahead of the Kazakh team even though Kazakhstan had won when paired against Uzbekistan at the event.  

Kazakhstan’s men’s team was represented by GM Rinat Jumabayev, GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev, GM Rustam Khusnutdinov,GM Anuar Ismagambetov and GM Petr Kostenko. The Indian men’s team won 17 points and the first place at the Asia Nations Cup 2016. The Chinese team finished second with 15 points. And the Kazakh team was third with 14 points. Kazakhstan is followed by Iran, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Bangladesh and UAE.   

Kazakhstani Murtas Kazhgaleyev is No 4 among best male players of the tournament with 6.5 points and Kazakhstani Zhansaya Abdumalik is No 8 among women with 5.5 points.  

Zhansaya Abdumalik. ©Daniyar Ashirov

A total of 152 chess players in 22 teams from 20 countries participated in the classical chess tournament presided by Chief Arbiter IA Bunawan Bong.

By Tatyana Kuzmina

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