Saturday, September 10, 2011

Barbosa, Vakhidov and Bitoon makes GM norms

In the final round, Jahongir Vakhidov had a quick draw with tail-ender GM Wong Meng Kong to secure his norm. Oliver Barbosa , who had already secured his norm with a round to spare, also drew with IM Mas.

All other games were quickly drawn.

Philippines IM Richard Bitoon had to carve out a win to reach the magical 6.5 points. Not an easy task against GM Vakhidov who was unbeaten till then. Eventually the Filipino prevailed and therefore three GM norms were achieved.

For Filipinos Barbosa and Bitton, these was especially significant as they have fulfilled all requirements and will receive their GM title. Congratulations to all three.


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