Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tiger catches coveted prey

DATMO 2009 ended with a bang for "Tiger" Mok Tze Meng. He managed to secure his 3rd and final IM norm and now needs only to reach the 2400 rating mark to officially claim his title.

Mok's score of 6/9 also netted him the best Malaysian prize. No other Malaysian was able to win an of the Open prizes. The other Malayisan prizes went to IM Jimmy Liew, Lim Chuin Hoong, Lim Yee Weng and Tan Khai Boon.

This tournament also produced a record number of title norms, eight I believe. Two of these were GM norms and the Philippines benefited greatly with IM Ronald Dableo and untitled Emmanuel Senador getting their GM norms.

Emmanuel had a great tournament, leading at the last round and with the GM norm in hand. However he lost to Negi Parimarjan who therefore tied with Dableo at seven points each. Negi won the championship title on better tie-break.


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