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Iran wins gold at World Youth Chess Olympiad (Photos)

The World Youth under-16 Chess Olympiad 2016 was held in Slovakia from July 21st to July 30th and attracted 261 players from 40 countries.

Iran faced Slovakia 2, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Romania. Parham Maghsoodloo, Alireza Firouzja, FM Aryan Gholami, Arash Tahbaz, WFM Anahita Zahedifar and team captain Khosro Harandi finished first winning gold for Iran for the second consecutive year. Silver went to Russia and bronze to Armenia.

The Iranian team achieved very good performances in recent years at this event: 2016 (1st), 2015 (1st), 2014 (3rd), 2013 (8th), 2012 (2nd) and 2011 (3rd). As of August 2016, Iran has five top 100 junior players (FIDE).

Iranian team results after each round
Round 1 – Iran 4 : 0 Slovakia 2
Round 2 – Austria 2 : 2 Iran
Round 3 – Iran 4 : 0 Canada
Round 4 – Hungary 1 : 3 Iran
Round 5 – Iran 3 : 1 Armenia
Round 6 – Russia 1 : 3 Iran
Round 7 – Belarus 1 : 3 Iran
Round 8 – Iran 3 ½ : ½ Serbia
Round 9 – Iran 2 ½ : 1 ½ Romania

Sources: World Youth Chess Olympiad (WYCO) 2016 (Gallery), WYCO 2016 (Results by country), WYCO 2016 (Best players by board), FIDE (Top 100 junior players – Aug. 2016)

Iran wins multiple medals at Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016 in Mongolia

The Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016 was held in April in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. More than 470 players from 18 countries competed in blitz, rapid and classical chess.

Iran got twenty three top 10 spots and took home a total of eight medals. Artin Ashraf was the most succesful Iranian player winning two times gold (u8 Open, u8 Open Rapid) and Mobina Alinasab was the most succesful Iranian girl winning one gold and one silver medal (u16 Girls, u16 Girls Blitz). Mersad Khodashenas won one gold and one bronze (u18 Open, u18 Open Blitz), Arash Tahbaz one gold (u16 Open), Mahdi Gholami Orimi one silver (u14 Open Blitz) and Nima Ferendeski one bronze medal (u16 Open Blitz).

Detailed results
Fatemeh Mashhadi (4th U8 Girls Blitz, 6th U8 Girls, 32nd U8 Girls Rapid)
Artin Ashraf (1st U8 Open, 1st U8 Open Rapid, 16th U8 Open Blitz)

Fatemeh Khodadadi (4th U10 Girls, 19th U10 Girls Blitz, 23rd U10 Girls Rapid)
Soshiyant Nejatpour (11th U10 Open Blitz, 19th U10 Open, 22U10 Open Rapid)

Seyede Setare Sebt Rasoul (6th U12 Girls Blitz, 7th U12 Girls Rapid, 9th U12 Girls)
Mani Jahedi (4th U12 Open Blitz, 6th U12 Open Rapid, 14th U12 Open)

Mitra Asgharzadeh (8th U14 Girls, 25th U14 Girls Rapid, 29th U14 Girls Blitz)
Mahdi Gholami Orimi (2nd U14 Open Blitz, 4th U14 Open, 23rd U14 Open Rapid)

Mobina Alinasab (1st U16 Girls, 2nd U16 Girls Blitz, 21st U16 Girls Rapid)
Nima Ferendeski (3rd U16 Open Blitz, 7th U16 Open Rapid, 14th U16 Open)
Arash Tahbaz (1st U16 Open, 5th U16 Open Blitz, 13th U16 Open Rapid)

Mohadeseh Alijanzadeh (6th U18 Girls Rapid, 9th U18 Girls, 12th U18 Girls Blitz)
Mersad Khodashenas (1st U18 Open, 3rd U18 Open Blitz)
Seyed Khalil Mousavi (19th U18 Open)

Sources: chess-results.com (Blitz), chess-results.com (Rapid), chess-results.com (Classical chess), Facebook | Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016 – Mongolia

Iranian students win 3rd place at FISU World University Chess Championship (Photos)

The 14th FISU World University Chess Championship (WUCC) was held from April 9th to April 15th, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Eight students represented Iran at the tournament. The women’s chess team consisted of WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan, WGM Mitra Hejazipour, WIM Ghazal Hakimifard and Khalaji Hanieh. GM Pouya Idani, IM Amirreza Pourramezanali, FM Nima Javanbakht and Ali Faghirnavaz formed the men’s team.

In the women’s division all three best placed players attained 6,5 points. WGM Ni Shiqun of China won gold, WIM Ghazal Hakimifard won silver, Iran’s best result at FISU WUCC 2016, and WIM Anna Warakomska of Poland bronze.

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan of Armenia won the men’s gold medal with 8 points. GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia secured silver (7 points) and GM Pavel Ponkratov of Russia got bronze with 6,5 points. Iran’s best player in the men’s division, IM Amirreza Pourramezanali, finished in sixth place attaining 6 points like Serbian IM Marko Nenezic (4th) and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan of Armenia (5th).

WIM Alina Bivol placed fourth to complete the three best results for the team award for Russia. Her result combined with those of Fedoseev and Ponkratov garnered the first place team trophy for Russia (19,5 points). The Armenian team of GM Gabuzyan, GM Ter-Sahakyan and WIM Maria Gevorgyan won the runner-up trophy (19 points). The Iranian team of WIM Ghazal Hakimifard, WGM Mitra Hejazipour and IM Amirreza Pourramezanali won third place (18,5 points).

Sources: chess-results.com, FISU | Chess, iusf.ir (in Persian), Borna News

Iran wins gold at 2015 Youth & Cadets Chess World Championship

Almost 1,600 chess players from 92 countries took part at the FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championship 2015 in Greece. India dominated the event, winning 11 medals, among them 5 gold. Iran and Bulgaria complete the top three with one gold and one bronze medal each. Azerbaijan, Germany, Greece, Uzbekistan and Vietnam have one gold medal each. Russia and USA took 4 medals each, but none of them was gold.

Iranian chess player Mosadeghpour Masoud cruised to the victory with 9.5 points from 11 games in the Open U18 leaving the nearest followers a full point behind. He has achieved the IM title norm after the completion of the event, showing that the rise of Iranian chess is real, notably in the males now, since the women had already made their mark more than once. After Iranian Pouya Idani’s surprise win in the 2013 WCCY Open U18, Masoud is now the nation’s second gold just two years later. (Final ranking of the Iranian players below).

Photo gallery: Iranians at WYCC 2015

Iranian players: Final ranking at WYCC 2015 after 11 rounds
1st Mosadeghpour Masoud (IM) – Open U18 – (Rank 1 out of 116 participants)
3rd Gholami Aryan (FM) – Open U14 – (Rank 3 out of 150 participants)
6th Asadi Motahare (WFM) – Girls U12 – (Rank 6 out of 120 participants)
6th Firouzja Alireza – Open U12 – (Rank 6 out of 150 participants)
8th Lorparizangeneh Shahin (IM) – Open U16 – (Rank 8 out of 150 participants)
9th Derakhshani Dorsa (WIM) – Girls U18 – (Rank 9 out of 80 participants)
11th Alinasab Mobina (WFM) – Girls U16 – (Rank 11 out of 95 participants)
12th Maghsoodloo Parham – Open U16 – (Rank 12 out of 150 participants)
12th Tabatabaei M.Amin (IM) – Open U14 – (Rank 12 out of 150 participants)
13th Khodashenas Mersad – Open U18 – (Rank 13 out of 116 participants)
18th Gholami Orimi Anahita (WIM) – Girls U18 – (Rank 18 out of 80 participants)
21st Baradaran Tamadon Arian – Open U10 – (Rank 21 out of 150 participants)
22nd Mahdian Anousha – Girls U12 – (Rank 22 out of 120 participants)
25th Daneshvar Bardiya – Open U10 – (Rank 25 out of 150 participants)
29th Kalantari Sedigheh (WFM) – Girls U14 – (Rank 29 out of 125 participants)
42nd Tahbaz Arash – Open U16 – (Rank 42 out of 150 participants)
59th Mahjoob Zardast Artemis – Girls U8 – (Rank 59 out of 87 participants)
63rd Hashemi Seyede Fatemeh – Girls U14 – (Rank 63 out of 125 participants)

Sources: FIDE WYCC 2015, chess-results.com, chessbase.com, IRNA

12th International Open Chess Tournament “Avicenna Cup” in Hamedan, Iran (Photos)

The 12th Avicenna International Open Chess Tournament was organized by the Hamedan Chess Association and Iranian Chess Federation from September 2-9, 2015, in the Iranian city of Hamedan.

The event was an 11-round Swiss open with time control 90′ + 30″.

GM Oleg Korneev from Spain emerged a sole winner with 9.5/11 points, leaving the runner-up, 2015 Iranian champion GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, half a point behind.

The 15-year-old Parham Maghsoodloo clinched the bronze medal on a superior tie-break score, after sharing 3-7th place with 8.5 points. Maghsoodloo has just qualified for the FIDE World Cup 2015.

Top 10:

1 GM Korneev Oleg 2578 ESP 9.5
2 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2596 IRI 9
3 Maghsoodloo Parham 2447 IRI 8.5
4 FM Mousavi Seyed Khalil 2427 IRI 8.5
5 Mosadeghpour Masoud 2416 IRI 8.5
6 Dalir Alireza 2297 IRI 8.5
7 IM Asgarizadeh Ahmad 2402 IRI 8.5
8 GM Toufighi Homayoon 2400 IRI 8
9 Sedaghati Mehrdad 2238 IRI 8
10 Faghirnavaz Ali 2298 IRI 8

Sources: ISNA | Photos, MEHR| Photos, Tasnim | Photos, Chessdom.com

Sara Khadem: Iran’s top ranked chess Woman Grand Master and Under-12 world champion

Sara Sadat Khadem-al-sharieh (born March 10, 1997) is an Iranian chess Woman Grand Master. As of July 2015, she is ranked world no. 4 girl player and no. 66 junior player. She won the Under-12 World Youth Chess Championship (Girls) in 2009. She played at the 40th Chess Olympiad in 2012. Her current ELO rating is 2412.

FIDE Titles
International Master (IM), 2015
Woman Grand Master (WGM), 2013
Woman International Master (WIM), 2011
Woman FIDE Master (WFM), 2008

Quick interview at the Olympiad in Tromsø 2014:

Sources: wikipedia | Sara Khadem, FIDE top women chess players of Iran

Iran’s chess grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami attained top 4 spot at DC International 2015

Iranian GM Ghaem-Maghami (2562) shared the first place with British GM Luke McShane (2685), Indian GM Magesh Panchanathan (2541) and Bulgarian IM Andrey Gorovets (2514).

In the last round of the blitz section of the competitions held in Washington DC, US in 9 round Swiss, the 32-year-old Iranian national came first with the overall score of 7 out of 9. 123 chess players from 39 countries participated at this event which took place from June 25 to 30. The Iranian grandmaster secured 16 units to his international rating.

About Ehsan Ghaem-Maghami
Ghaem Maghami, born January 11th, 1982, is the first international grandmaster in Iranian chess history (2000), and the best Iranian chess player with regards to his ranking and rating since the age of 14, having won twelve Iranian Chess Championships (the last one in 2015).

In 2009, he won a 20-game combined match (four classical, four rapid and twelve blitz games) against Anatoly Karpov, played with a special rule: play to mate or dead draw. On the 8th and 9th of February 2011, he claimed the Guinness record for simultaneous chess games. After 25 hours, the final results were 580 wins, 16 draws and 8 losses for a total score of 588 out of 604 or 97.35 percent. Ten more boards were added which he won but which were not counted for the record.

He is a bachelor of law and now doing a masters in law and sports management at the University of Tehran. On the July 2015 FIDE list, he holds an Elo rating of 2570 (best Elo rating: 2633, April 2005). Ghaem-Maghami is married to Iranian WIM Shayetesh Ghader Pour (Elo rating: 2198 in July 2015. Best Elo rating: 2252, November 2011).

Sources: Mehr News Agency, Chess Events | DC Int’l 2015 StandingsBZ Basellandschaftliche Zeitung | Sport (in German), FIDE | Ratings, chessgames.com | Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, FIDE | World record by Ghaem-Maghami