Sunday, October 5, 2014

Japan gets first IM

Congratulations to Japan who will get its first IM , Ryosuke Nanjo. At the Presidential Board Meeting in Sochi in November, his application for the title will be tabled for approval.

Nanjo obtained his norms within the space of a month. At the Tromso Olympiad he was on first board and scored 7/11. He defeated two grandmasters in the final two rounds.

Immediately after the olympiad he flew to Riga to take part in an Open. Here he scored 5.5/9 and it was sufficient for his final norm. He only needed two norms since the olympiad norm is counted as a twenty game norm.

Incidentally, the Japanese took part in the recent Malaysian Open last month. His score of 4/5 was mediocre by comparision.

In the game below, Nanjo outplayed his grandmaster opponent.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jimmy, our current National Champion and National Junior Champion Fong YS is playing in the prestigious World Junior Championships in Pune, India now. I believe it has been awhile since we had a candidate competing in this tournament. Maybe you could feature one or two of his games from this tournament to see how our best current young hope fares with the best in the world of his age category.

Jimmy Liew said...

I will try to get games and results

Anonymous said...

http://www.worldjuniorchess2014.com/index.php also includes PGN to download.

Jimmy Liew said...

For me it always time out or error when I click on the Games link. Gave up

Anonymous said...

Too bad then. Was really hoping you could do an analysis of one of his games. So far he is doing fairly well at 2/4. But he hasn't beaten anyone above his rating level though.

abdooss said...

There is a position of Bajaj Prince - Fong YS in Kevin Spraggett's blog. (Black was losing, though, as his knight was misplaced)....

Anonymous said...

Fong YS did poorly after 10 round. Fighting alone without any support, he will fade away as the tournament progress.

Jimmy Liew said...

I once offered my help to his father, but he turned it down.

Anonymous said...

He scored 1 point in the last 5 rounds, all of them against Indian players whose ratings are mostly lower than him. However I think most of the Indian juniors are stronger than their ratings suggest. I think Mas once went to India and lost quite a lot of points there. Coming back to FYS, I noticed that in some games, he fell to some tactics, missed some saving resources and also lost out in some equal endgames. But this is the World Juniors, so tough and rough is to be expected.

Anonymous said...

Chinese GM Lu Shanglei, the eventual world junior 2014 champian is not well known outside China. He is a very strong player, much stronger than his rating suggested.

Anonymous said...

Looks like fys has suffered the well known malady of too much chess. Playing the national closed, national selection, olympiad, malaysian open and world junior within this space of time cant be a walk in the park.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, but all those tournaments were essential tournaments for him if his end goal was to play in the olympiads and the world juniors. This is a critical time for him. At 20, he isn't that young anymore but neither old. He needs to know what his realistic goals are at this moment. FM? IM? Take the route of Mok? Or just strive to become a strong national player?

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