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Chess Player Draws in Chinese League

Chess Player Draws in Chinese LeagueChess Player Draws in Chinese League

Chess player Sara Sadat Khadem-al-Sharieh drew against her Chinese rival Shiqun Ni in the 18th round of China Chess League (CCL) Division A, November 4.

The 16th and 17th rounds of the games had ended in a win and a draw for her respectively, Varzesh3.com reported.

Joining the Chinese league, Khadem-al-Sharieh, 20, became the first Iranian to play in the CCL. She plays for Chengdu team in the league along with Chinese players Guanchu Liu, Yuanhe Zhao and Xiaoyi Ren as well as Alexander Moiseenko from Ukraine. She competes with players of other teams who come from different nationalities.

The Iranian chess player holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She also won the Asian Under-12 Girls Championship in 2008, the World Under-12 Girls Championship in 2009, the Asian Under-16 Girls Blitz Championship in 2012, and the World U-16 Girls Blitz Championship in 2013.

In 2014, she finished runner-up in the World Junior Girls Championship. She played for Iran at the Women’s Chess Olympiads of 2012, 2014 and 2016. She won the Iranian women’s championship in 2015. Khadem-al-Sharieh qualified for the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2015-16.

The 2017 Chinese Chess League Division A is a 12-team double round-robin featuring most of the top Chinese players. Having started in April, it will continue until December, with 22 rounds in six 3-4 day sessions.

The time control is 90 minutes for all moves. There are 2 match points for a win and 1 for a draw.

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