Grandmaster B. Adhiban clinched a silver medal and also a berth at next year’s World Chess Cup after a hard-fought draw with Yu Yangyi of China in the final round of the Asian Continental chess championship here on Saturday.
Adhiban, who finished with 6.5 points, out of a possible nine, had the best tie-break.
The silver medal gives the Indian an entry in the 2015 World Chess Cup to be held at Baku, Azerbaijan.
World junior champion Yu Yangyi emerged as the worthy winner for the gold medal, ending with seven points. Ni Hua of China won the bronze medal.
Important and Indian results:
Final round: Open: B. Adhiban (6.5) drew with Yu Yangyi (CHN, 7); Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB, 6.5) drew with Parimarjan Negi (6); A.R. Salem Saleh (6) drew with Ni Hua (CHN, 6.5); Bu Xiangzhi (CHN, 6) drew with S. P. Sethuraman (6); Wen Yang (CHN, 6.5) bt Krishnan Sasikiran (5); Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (VIE, 6) bt Vaibhav Suri (5); Abhijit Kunte (5) lost to Wei Yi (CHN, 5.5); Al-Sayed Mohammed (QAT, 5) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (5); Wang Chen (CHN, 5.5) bt Abhijeet Gupta (4.5); Nguyen Duc Hoa (VIE, 4.5) lost to Vidit Gujrathi (5.5); Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan (MGL, 5.5) bt M. R. Lalith Babu (4.5); G. N. Gopal (5) drew with Chu Wei Chao (CHN, 5); Nezad Husein Aziz (QAT, 4.5) lost to Deep Sengupta (5.5).
Akshat Khamparia (4) lost to Gao Rui (CHN, 5); Xu Yinglun (CHN, 4.5) drew with Debashis Das (4.5); Fang Yan (CHN, 4) drew with M. Shyam Sundar (4); V. Vishnu Prasanna (4.5) bt Ayyad Maher (BRN, 3.5).
Women: Irine Kharisma Sukandar (INA, 7) lost to Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 6); Atousa Pourkashiyan (IRI, 6) drew with Eesha Karavade (5.5); Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (IRI, 5.5) lost to Hoang Thi Bao Tram (VIE, 6); Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ, 5) drew with Gong Qianyun (CHN, 5.5).
Munguntuul Batkhuyag (MGL, 5) drew with Tania Sachdev (5); Pham Le Thao Nguyen (VIE, 5.5) bt Soumya Swaminathan (4.5); Swati Ghate (4.5) lost to Nguyen Thi Thanh An (VIE, 5.5); Nora Mohd Saleh (UAE, 3.5) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (4.5). —