In the Women section, WGM Yang Shen emerged as the sole winner with dominating performance. Shen tallied 7.5 points scoring 6 wins with just 3 draws. Jenny Rose Palomo and WFM Shercila Cua emerged as the best Filipina competitors, finishing in 7 and 8th place respectively.
Emmanuel Emperado captured the Challengers Cup with 8.0 points out of possible 9.
The 2nd stage of the Campo memorial will be held in Vietnam next year.
Final Rankings after 9 rounds
Round 9 results
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The ice cool top Vietnamese grandmaster, Le Quam Liem. He doesn't show much facial and body expression. In fact it is nearly impossible to read his mind to get a hint if he's confident or dissatisfied the way things is going. He just sat right there. Very little movement unless he makes his move or write them down.
Sorry third placer, GM Jianchou Zhou. A draw with Le Quam Liem in the final round would probably assure him of co-first place finisher but Liem has different things in mind.
Scrambling to see the pairing list. The arbiter kept yelling to the players in a authoritarian tone to hurry to their respective boards as the game was about to begin but how could you expect to have them properly organize if you provide them with just one small white board for all the parings list of the open, women and challengers section? There are more or less 200 of them squeezing to see the pairing list, not to mention the curious onlookers, journalist etc.
Top seed, GM Le Quang Liem and an unfamiliar Indian woman player. They never seemed to mind the disorder and just happy to have their pictures taken :)
India's no 5. GM Chanda Sandipan (2637). Produced a result below everyone's expectation, finished 23rd over all.
The stare. Winner of the 4th PGMA Cup last year and the 6th Prospero Pichay Cup. Another great tournament for him. Finishing a decent six place over all.
A new Humpy Koneru in the making. 16 year old Indian girl prodigy, WIM Rout Padmini upset Asia's first ever grandmaster, Eugene Torre in round one. Padmini actually was a bit tense before the start of the game as she is facing a chess legend of Asia. she finished 21st over all.