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Iran's women stand 7th, men 9th in Asian chess events

4/17/03 Women's and men's teams of Iran finished seventh and ninth respectively in the Asian Chess Championships ended in India on Wednesday, IRNA reported from New Delhi.

Talking to IRNA, Manager Khosro Harandi said the chess challenges were held in nine rounds and men's team ranked ninth and the female chess players brought seventh title for Iran.

In men's clashes, Morteza Mahjoub of Iran snatched the silver medal, said Harandi adding that Shadi Paridar of Iran took a bronze medal in women's event.

In team competitions, China stole the show as it lifted the trophies of both men's and women's events in Jodhpur, in the western Indian State of Rajasthan.

Chinese men ended up with 25 points after defeating Malaysia 4-0 in the ninth and last round. India 'A' got the second place with 23.5 points while Kazakhstan end with third position with 22.5 points at Abhay Days Hotel, Pawta Circle in Jodhpur.

In the women's category, Chinese who required only 1.5 points in the last round to win gold, took draws on all the boards to get the required number of points against Turkmenistan to reach 20 point, while Vietnam placed second with 19 points and India `A' got the third place with 18.5 points

In the Iranian men category, Ehsan Qaem-Maqami beat rival India `C' while Morteza Mahjoub, Shoja'at and Arash Roghani lost to India `C' men in the ninth round. The results were 1/3.

Iranian women drew against rival Kyrgyzstan. Shadi Paridar beat rival Kyrgyzstan while Atoussa Pourkashian drew and Mona Mahini lost to rivals from Kyrgyzstan.

Iran won 17.5 points in men's contests and 12 points in women's challenges.

The Asian Team Chess Championship was inaugurated in a colorful function last week with a participation of Uzbekistan, Iran, China, Vietnam, Macau, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India.

Iran won 17.5 points in men's contests and 12 points in women's challenges.

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