China's men win first gold at Chess Olympiad
Updated: 2014-08-15 14:32
China's men defeated Poland in the final round in Tromso, Aug 14, 2014. [Photo/People's Daily]
Prodigy, 11, wows chess world
The biggest things on a preteen's mind normally revolve around family, friends and school. Life for Awonder Liang, an 11-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin, is no different. Except that he is the youngest National Master in the 75-year history of the United States Chess Federation.
Following a March 2013 event in Dayton, Ohio, Awonder achieved his highest honor to date, passing the 2200 rating required for the rank of master. More
The team triumphed at the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway on Thursday which saw 171 countries compete, the tournament's greatest participation.
Led by veteran Ni Hua, who doubled up as captain and coach, China scored a 3-1 victory over Poland in the final round, taking their tally to 19 match points from a possible 22.
Hungary took the silver medal and India bronze ahead of top seed Russia, European powerhouse Armenia and several other higher-ranked teams including European champion Azerbaijan. The result is also the best showing by Indian men in the event.
Russia took gold for a third consecutive time in the women's competition, beating Bulgaria 2.5-1.5 in the final round.
China's head coach Ye Jiangchuan credited the success and breakthrough to a "going-out" strategy.
"We've created a lot of opportunities for our players to compete in western countries," Ye was quoted as saying by the Beijing Morning Post. "They have learned a lot and made great progress from many years of competition with players from European and American countries."
Chinese grandmaster Xie Jun, women's world champion between 1991 and 1996 and again from 1999 to 2001 said: "Our team deserves to be the champion and they won because of their efforts not by chance".