12th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2016

8/7/2016 – Iran is a beautiful and mysterious country and Tehran is more so. A combination of factors makes Tehran a pleasant place to visit: The province’s geographical features, great museums, parks, restaurants, and a warm friendly people. However, sometimes a big chess event is a better reason to visit Tehran. This year, among the many chess tournaments held there, the 12th Asian Schools Chess Championships were held in Tehran. Illustrated report.

By Shohreh Bayat and Sahar Noori

For the first time in the competition’s history a new participation record was set with 472 players from 17 countries namely: China, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nepal, Philippine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Players competed in categories ranging from the under-7 to under-17.

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Milad Tower also known as the Tehran Tower is the 17th tallest freestanding structure in the world

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The tournament is started by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov FIDE World President, with Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh president of Iranian chess federation (left), Husan Turdaliev president of Zone 3.4 and Sainbayar Tserendorj (right), President of the Mongolian Chess Federation.

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Ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov attended the opening ceremony

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Playing Hall of the under-7, under 9, and under-11

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Playing Hall of the under-13, under-15, and under-17

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Laughter and tears during the event

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Rest day in the Birds Garden in Tehran

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Participants enjoying their time in the Bird Garden

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A peacock shows who is the fairest of them all

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Some Iranian girls wearing local dresses during the closing ceremony

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Top three teams: Iran (first place), Philippine (second place) and Uzbekistan (third place)

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Some of the Iranian medal winners

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The Mongolian team

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Singapore’s team

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This Uzbek player in traditional garb finished in third

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Husan Turdaliev, deputy arbiter, and Shohreh Bayat, Chief Arbiter of the event

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Arbiters

Medal Statistics

Rk
Fed
gold
silver
bronze
Total
1
IRI
6
5
8
19
2
PHI
3
1
0
4
3
UZB
2
0
0
2
4
TKM
1
0
0
1
5
IND
0
3
1
4
6
MGL
0
1
1
2
7
SRI
0
1
1
2
8
SIN
0
1
0
1
9
IRQ
0
0
1
1

 

Source: chessbase

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