Sunday, April 21, 2013

13th Bangkok Open Final Round

Today will be the last round of the 13th Bangkok Open. As usual, the last round starts earlier than usual, at 9:00 AM (10:00 AM in Malaysia). Australian GM Zhao Zong-Yuan is in the sole lead with seven points after beating GM Nigel Short in the eight round. This is Short's second loss in this tournament.

Four players are on 6.5 points - China's IM Wan Yunguo, German GM Jan Gustafsson and GM Gerhard Schebler and Danish GM Sune Berg Hansen. The Chinese IM plays GM Zhao while Gustafsson is matched with GM Hansen. GM Schebler meets a six pointer , GM Vajda Levente.

Our two top players are IM Mas Hafizul and Yeoh Li Tian, both with creditable 5.5 points. Mas drew with GM Mark Paragua in the eight round. Game here. Li Tian is again in a do-or-die final round. A win will give him his maiden IM norm. Both our players have tough matches, IM Mas meets Philipino GM John Paul Gomez while Li Tian is paired with Australian new IM, Max Illingworth.

Max is a former top Australian junior and can be frequently seen on Playchess server. He completed his third IM norm at the Istanbul Olympiad last September and also have a first GM norm.

The last round pairings (top boards only)


Peter Long said...

Jimmy, I don't know where you get your calculations from - Li Tian needs 7 points for a norm and can't score 1.5 in his last round. Everyone here, and most importantly Li Tian knew that. Cheers!

Jimmy Liew said...

My eyes are deceiving me. You're right, he needed 7 points.

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