Friday, May 22, 2009

Asian Continental Chess Championship round 10: So-Yifan ends in draw, Antonio losses

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Problems with live transmission from the official site deprived us to enjoy and follow the game live of two of the youngest GMs in the world today, 15 year old Wesley So, the current 3rd youngest GM and 14 year old Hou Yifan, the current 2nd youngest GM. The game was pretty equal though from the very beginning. One may get frustrated by Yifan for not bringing on the fight despite handling the white pieces but remember that it was So and not Yifan who are desperate for a win. A draw with the second seed So was the most basic of strategy for Yifan. With one last final attempt by Wesley to turn the match into a real fight, So gave up his d5 pawn on his 30th move that was hampering the movement of his light squared bishop. The position remains drawish anyway. Could be the reason why the game dragged on till move 50 before they agreed to a truce. For this game, Wesley chose to play the French against Yifan, avoiding whatever Yifan has install for Wesley should he stick with his favorite Sicilian.

In other crucial match ups, erstwhile leader of the tournament GM Rogelio Antonio lost to GM Surya Shehar Ganguly of India to dropped out of the leader board. But still, Antonio remains in contention for the title as he is only half a point behind the two leaders, GM Ganguly and GM Zhou Weiqui. GM Eugene Torre is also regaining his fighting form by defeating GM Al-Modiaki of Iran. What a surprise! Torre is now tied from 8-13th place with 6.5 points. I wasn't paying much attention to GM Eugene mainly because of his two consecutive loses to lower rated opponents. But look at him! He has gone 4.5 points in his last five matches! Are we going to see three Filipinos finishing in the top ten?

For complete results from Round 10, go HERE. Pairings for Round 11 is HERE

Rank after Round 10 (Open Section)

NameFEDRtgPts. TB1 TB2
1GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND26257,525352543
2GMZhou WeiqiCHN25637,525042515
Yu YangyiCHN24337,025822591
4GMYu ShaotengCHN25047,025712589
5GMAntonio Rogelio JrPHI25187,025242541
6GMHou YifanCHN25907,025162527
7GMZhou JianchaoCHN26357,024832489
8GMSandipan ChandaIND25586,525872595
9GMLe Quang LiemVIE25916,525332538
10GMKunte AbhijitIND25136,525202540
11GMSo WesleyPHI26416,525112518
12GMNegi ParimarjanIND25926,524822489
13GMTorre EugenioPHI25616,524792487
Ding LirenCHN24586,026002609
15GMDao Thien HaiVIE25466,025682588
16IMToufighi HomayoonIRI24786,025462568
17GMRahman ZiaurBAN25236,025392548
18GMMoradiabadi ElshanIRI25266,025382554
Wan YunguoCHN24346,025352557
20GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26826,025242532
21GMGupta AbhijeetIND25706,025142520
22GMLi ShilongCHN25576,024912501
23GMNguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE25886,024862493
24GMFilippov AntonUZB25846,024702479
25GMKazhgaleyev MurtasKAZ26266,024682475
26GMDeepan Chakkravarthy JIND24826,024672485
27GMMurshed NiazBAN24075,525542561
28GMIuldachev SaidaliUZB24975,525422565
29IMAl Sayed Moh Mad NQAT24965,525402558
Gao RuiCHN25005,525322549
Pak EvgeniyKAZ23285,525032516
32GMMahjoob MortezaIRI24985,524952516
33GMAl-Modiahki MohamadQAT25855,524722480
34GMGhaem Maghami EhsanIRI25935,524532458
Xiu DeshunCHN24225,025602565
36IMBitoon RichardPHI24795,025452567
37GMTu Hoang ThongVIE25065,025392562
38FMVidit Santosh GujrathiIND24415,025282550
39FMBatchuluun TsegmedMGL23915,025212527
40IMHarika DronavalliIND24745,025202552
41IMAshwin JayaramIND24135,025152538
Gundavaa BayarsaikhanMGL24615,025072529
43IMNguyen Thanh SonVIE24485,025032524
44FMWahono AwamINA23915,025022513
45GMLaylo DarwinPHI25095,024882502
46GMGomez John PaulPHI25385,024772487
47GMBui VinhVIE25225,024732481
48GMParagua MarkPHI25295,024672478
49IMNolte RolandoPHI24795,024612481
50CMNguyen Van HuyVIE24235,024552476
51GMHossain EnamulBAN25315,024442450
52GMMegaranto SusantoINA25535,024322438
53GMWang RuiCHN24345,024232433
54GMKim AlexeyKOR24815,023792387
55IMIrwanto SadikinINA24474,525512559
56GMGonzales JaysonPHI24654,525422562
Lou YipingCHN24104,524822505
58FMPriyadharshan KIND24114,524552473
59GMNguyen Anh DungVIE25184,524552470
Garcia Jan EmmanuelPHI22924,524502456
61GMVillamayor BuenaventuraPHI24744,523942405
62IMDimakiling OliverPHI24264,025442550
63IMSadorra Julio CatalinoPHI24514,025282546
Wang LiCHN24014,025062514
Zhang ZiyangCHN24194,024932511
Garma EdgardoPHI24214,024822501
67FMAbu Sufian ShakilBAN23784,024772483
Causo DenielPHI23674,024622468
69FMHoang Canh HuanVIE23784,024562471
Jia HaoxiangCHN23444,024562468
Pascua HaridasPHI23594,024542475
72IMAkshayraj KoreIND24044,024492467
Yu LieCHN23074,024442449
74IMMas HafizulhelmiMAS24254,024292445
Yang KaiqiCHN24134,023952408
76CMNguyen Hoang NamVIE22814,023892428
77FMNovita AnjasINA23453,524942506
78IMHassan AbdullahUAE23223,524882496
79IMBancod RonaldPHI23563,524502456
Elorta DavidPHI23723,024942508
81FMAlhuwar JasemUAE22933,024852493
82IMKhamrakulov DzhurabekUZB25243,024812490
Olay Edgar ReggiePHI23483,024612473
Chua AaronMAS21162,024072425
Celis Solomon B IiiMAC20071,023962413
86GMDzhumaev MaratUZB25520,000

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