Salem, Ghaderpour Win Zone 3.1 Zonals
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 10:12

Teenage local hero GM Salem R. Saleh (left) receiving the winner’s trophy from Asian Chess Federation president Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan.

Saleh finished alone in first place with 6.5 points out of 9 rounds in the Zone 3.1 Zonal Championship held 4-13 July 2011 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. WIM Shayesteh Ghaderpour of Iran won the Women’s Zonal in an exciting playoff match by a score of 2-1. See results and standings in chess-results.com for the Open and Women’s Zonals. See photo gallery in Asian Chess Federation web site. Visit official Sharjah Chess Club web site (in Arabic) for online games.

Salem Abdulrahman is the first from the UAE to qualify for the World cup. He won his last three games in the Zonal to grab the lead in the homestretch as erstwhile leaders GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran and GM Mohammed Al Sayed of Qatar faltered, both losing to spoiler FM Ayyad Husain of Bahrain.

In the Women’s Zonal, WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh and WIM Haimifard Ghazal, both of Iran, finished with 7.5 points each in the round robin to force a playoff match.

Final Ranking

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

RtgØ

1

3

GM

Salem A R Saleh

2493

UAE

2420

2

4

IM

Darini Pouria

2462

IRI

6

2422

3

7

IM

Khader Sami

2402

JOR

6

2397

4

1

GM

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

2588

IRI

6

2393

5

2

GM

Al-Sayed Mohammed

2498

QAT

2376

6

6

IM

Nezad Husein Aziz

2423

QAT

5

2381

7

5

IM

Alavi Sayed Javad

2436

IRI

5

2361

8

10

FM

Ali Layth Ahmed

2278

IRQ

5

2346

9

14

CM

El Jawich Amro

2125

LIB

2348

10

8

Omar Noaman

2296

UAE

2316

11

12

FM

Ayyad Husain

2187

BRN

2301

12

9

FM

Al-Hadarani Hatim

2280

YEM

2264

13

11

FM

Khouri Ibrahim Mohamed

2212

UAE

4

2330

14

13

Shobaita Talal

2162

PLE

2306

15

15

Al Rafai Abdulqader

0

SYR

2236

16

16

Nasser Bader

0

KUW

0

2236

Final Ranking

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

FED

Pts

Koya

1

3

WIM

Ghader Pour Shayesteh

2246

IRI

8

WIM

Hakimifard Ghazal

2197

IRI

3

5

WIM

Mouradian Knarik

2186

LIB

4

1

WIM

Iman H M Al-Rufaye

2160

IRQ

6

5

4

WIM

Saleh Nora Mohd

1911

UAE

5

2

6

9

WFM

Al-Zarouni Kholoud Essa

1853

UAE

1

7

6

WFM

Al-Khelaifi Salama

1757

QAT

0

8

2

Mir Mahmoud Afamia

1993

SYR

3

1

9

10

WIM

Dahdal Lougain

1882

JOR

½

10

7

WFM

Nouman Amna

1725

UAE

1

0

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