0524 GMT January 21, 2019
Iran was crowned the champion at the standard open contests of the 2018 Asian Nations Chess Cup in Hamadan, western Iran.
Iran Green team – comprising Parham Maqsoudlou, Pouya Idani, Seyyed Mohammad-Amin Tabatabei, Alireza Firouzja and Mas’oud Mossadeqpour – pulled off six victories and one draw in seven rounds of matches to top the standard open table with 13 points.
Iran Green beat Iraq 4-0 in its final-round fixture on Friday.
Iran was followed by India and China in second and third places respectively. Both sides tallied 10 points, only for the Indians to finish above the Chinese with a superior 18.5 game-point against the China’s 16.
The standard open title took Iran Green’s overall tally to two top-spot finishes in the competitions as the Iranians – having clinched six victories and one loss – had claimed the title at the rapid open category with 12 points.
China finished second with 10 points and 22 game-points while India settled for the third place with 10 points and 16.5 game-points.
Having started on July 27, the competitions finishes in Hamadan on Saturday.