Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Asian Continental Chess Championship - Round 7: Wesley So did another Houdini

Harry Houdini, the great Hungarian-American escapologist once said that "No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth."

Ah, Wesley So, the fifteen year old chess risk taker, who found himself about to get drown against an unknown and unheralded but red-hot iron Qatari International Master had just escaped again, Houdini style, as the "Filipino killer" IM Al Sayed Mohamad fails to make use of his advantage of having two connected queen side passed pawns. Again, for the second time in the tourney we saw Wesley just tossed his rook (29. Rxg7) right into the face of his opponent in the hope of getting a perpetual check. In fact the rook sacrifice is not very hard to see. Watching the live feeds, yours truly was jumping all over the place, hoping that Wesley will not over look it! Fortunately, Al Sayed did! It's kind of weird, really. We see many GMs time and time again do material sacrifices just to obtain winning combination but here, GM Wesley So, with live rating of 2653 sacrificing major pieces here and there just to obtain a draw against opponents who are less than 150 points below his rating! With the draw, Al Sayed remains undefeated against Filipino players thus far in the tournament. My hat is off for Al Sayed for his brilliant performances against the Philippines top three players. Your name will surely remember by this blogger for many time to come.

In other results, Filipino top performer of the ACCC, IM Richard Bitoon suffered his first loss of the tournment as he bowed to GM Zhou Weiqui of China. But don't look back now. Seven time Philippine champion, GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio is just half a point behind the leaders, GM Sandipan and GM Ganguluy of India. Joey is tied from 3rd to 10th place with 5.0 points. And by the way. About that Korean GM, Alexey Kim. Is he really a Grand Master?

For complete results of Round 7, go HERE. And for Round 8 pairings, check them out HERE.

Rank after Round 7

NameFEDRtgPts. TB1 TB2
1GMSandipan ChandaIND25585,525832597
2GMGanguly Surya ShekharIND26255,525282540
Ding LirenCHN24585,025882602
4GMDao Thien HaiVIE25465,025792597
5GMLe Quang LiemVIE25915,025502561
6GMMoradiabadi ElshanIRI25265,025352549
7GMAntonio Rogelio JrPHI25185,024782496
8GMHou YifanCHN25905,024772486
9GMNguyen Ngoc Truong SonVIE25885,024722481
10GMZhou WeiqiCHN25635,024642474
11GMYu ShaotengCHN25044,525902626
Xiu DeshunCHN24224,525772588
Yu YangyiCHN24334,525562566
14GMMurshed NiazBAN24074,525412549
15IMAl Sayed Moh Mad NQAT24964,525352567
16GMGupta AbhijeetIND25704,525242530
17GMSo WesleyPHI26414,525022504
18GMKunte AbhijitIND25134,524942524
19GMNegi ParimarjanIND25924,524822493
20GMFilippov AntonUZB25844,524592473
21GMMegaranto SusantoINA25534,524282438
22IMBitoon RichardPHI24794,025782591
23GMRahman ZiaurBAN25234,025522571
24GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26824,025402548
25GMTu Hoang ThongVIE25064,025342573
26GMIuldachev SaidaliUZB24974,025312569
27IMToufighi HomayoonIRI24784,025302565
28GMLaylo DarwinPHI25094,024972524
29GMParagua MarkPHI25294,024812504
30GMZhou JianchaoCHN26354,024712479
Gundavaa BayarsaikhanMGL24614,024652494
32GMAl-Modiahki MohamadQAT25854,024562465
33GMNguyen Anh DungVIE25184,024512474
34GMBui VinhVIE25224,024502457
35GMTorre EugenioPHI25614,024482454
36GMDeepan Chakkravarthy JIND24824,024362459
37GMHossain EnamulBAN25314,024352442
38IMDimakiling OliverPHI24263,525662573
Gao RuiCHN25003,525572590
Wan YunguoCHN24343,525312570
41FMBatchuluun TsegmedMGL23913,525302543
Pak EvgeniyKAZ23283,525192530
43GMMahjoob MortezaIRI24983,525162551
44GMLi ShilongCHN25573,525162539
45GMGomez John PaulPHI25383,525032523
46IMNguyen Thanh SonVIE24483,524912525
47FMPriyadharshan KIND24113,524912499
48GMKazhgaleyev MurtasKAZ26263,524592469
49IMNolte RolandoPHI24793,524432473
50GMGhaem Maghami EhsanIRI25933,524422447
51GMGonzales JaysonPHI24653,026052627
52IMIrwanto SadikinINA24473,025782592
53IMSadorra Julio CatalinoPHI24513,025642575
54FMVidit Santosh GujrathiIND24413,025562595
55IMAshwin JayaramIND24133,025542565
56IMHarika DronavalliIND24743,025402602
57FMWahono AwamINA23913,025372542
Wang LiCHN24013,025202534
Zhang ZiyangCHN24193,025172548
60IMHassan AbdullahUAE23223,025132523
61FMAlhuwar JasemUAE22933,025082515
Elorta DavidPHI23723,025042525
63CMNguyen Van HuyVIE24233,025032536
64FMAbu Sufian ShakilBAN23783,024932506
65IMKhamrakulov DzhurabekUZB25243,024902500
Garma EdgardoPHI24213,024642493
Garcia Jan EmmanuelPHI22923,024602470
68GMWang RuiCHN24343,024482471

IMMas HafizulhelmiMAS24253,024482471
70FMNovita AnjasINA23452,525212528
71IMAkshayraj KoreIND24042,524882505
Causo DenielPHI23672,524842499
73IMBancod RonaldPHI23562,524722484
Yang KaiqiCHN24132,524292454
75GMVillamayor BuenaventuraPHI24742,524192442
Lou YipingCHN24102,025672588
77FMHoang Canh HuanVIE23782,025042521
Pascua HaridasPHI23592,024982514
Jia HaoxiangCHN23442,024902502
Olay Edgar ReggiePHI23482,024812490
Yu LieCHN23072,024632473
82CMNguyen Hoang NamVIE22812,024392449
Chua AaronMAS21162,024302445
84GMKim AlexeyKOR24812,023912398
Celis Solomon B IiiMAC20071,024332455
86GMDzhumaev MaratUZB25520,000

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