Successful Finish for Sharath Kamal Achanta but Disappointing Outcome
India’s Sharath Kamal Achanta concluded his first stage matches at the Evergrande Real Estate Asian Cup in Guangzhou on Friday 26th March 2010 with an impressive six games win over the hitherto unbeaten Kim Min Seok of Korea.
Alas for the Indian national champion it was not sufficient to secure him a place in the draw for a top eight place. He had to settle for progressing to play for ninth to sixteenth place.
One match earlier he has suffered defeat at the hands of Singapore’s Gao Ning, the no.4 seed, in five games who, in turn, had been beaten by Kim Min Seok in seven games on his first visit to the table.
Meanwhile, Gao Ning concluded his initial schedule in anxious style.
He recovered from a three games to two deficit to beat Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An who previously had lost to both Sharath Kamal Achanta and Kim Min Seok. Defeat for Gao Ning and it would have been first place for Sharath Kamal Achanta. It was that close.
The end result on games ratio was that Gao Ning, despite his initial defeat, finished the group in first place with Kim Min Seok second, Sharath Kamal Achanta third and Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An fourth.
At the end of the group stage the top two players from each group advance to play for places one to eight, the third and fourth placed compete for places nine to sixteen.
Second Place for Second Seed
An eventual top spot for the no.4 seed but that was not the situation for China’s Zhang Jike, the no.2 seed.
He had to settle for second place in his group having lost earlier to Hong Kong’s Ko Lai Chak who finished the first stage of proceedings unbeaten.
In the third and final series of first stage matches, Ko Lai Chak beat Chinese Taipei’s Wu Chih-Chi in four straight games whilst in six games Zhang Jike overcame a spirited Ibrahem Al-Hasan of Kuwait.
Top Place for Ma Lin and Xu Xin
However, for Zhang Jike’s colleagues there were no such troubles.
Ma Lin, seeded no.1, beat Hong Kong’s Tse Ka Chun in five games to maintain an unblemished record whilst Xu Xin, seeded no.3, accounted for Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan to finish the group matches unbeaten.