China, India Renew Rivalry for Asian Supremacy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
China, India Renew Rivalry for Asian Supremacy

The best Asian players from 16 countries are competing in the Asian Continental Championship which began yesterday at the grand hall of the Howard Johnson hotel in Chengdu, China with 69 players in the open division and 50 players in the women's division.

The top five in the open qualify to the World Cup this September in Tbilisi, Georgia. Of the first five seeds, there are three Chinese, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi and Bu Xiangzhi, Uzbek champion Rustam Kasimjanov and Indian star Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.

The women's champion will qualify to the Women's World Cup. Five countries are among the top five seeds. Top seed is Lei Tingjie of China. Strong challenge is expected from Khademalsharieh Sarasadat of Iran, Manguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia, Padmini Rout of India and Hoang Thi Bao Tram of Vietnam.

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