Friday, 11 April 2014

It's Three Times in a Row for Tiviakov

(Group photo before final battle - some sadly absent without zero start enforced - and so still at breakfast)

Sergei Tiviakov and Aravindh Chithambaram drew their game after three hours of play, a result that confirmed that Tiviakov would successfully defend his title and in doing so become a three time winner of the KL Open.

But for young Chithambaram, it was also a fantastic result as with the draw the 14 year old IM elect remained unbeaten and also achieved his second GM title norm.

So in first place is Tiviakov with 7/9, and in second to eighth places on 6.5/9 are Chithambaram, the also unbeaten M.K. Venkatesh, Nguyen Duc Hoa, Dzhumaev Marat, Haridas Pascua, Nguyen Anh Dung and Andika Pitra.

For Pascua, this result was his third and final norm to complete the requirements of International Master while for Pitra it was his second International Master title norm.


Round 9 Board 1 Live

Thursday, 10 April 2014

It Promises to be an Exciting Last Round

(Tiviakov against the always dangerous Marat, the game was double edged but still only a draw)

The advantage is clearly with Sergei Tiviakov who on 6.5/8 has a half point lead and his favourite White pieces in the last round.

But it may not be over yet as his opponent is the highly rated 14 year old FM Aravindh Chithambaram who last year shot into prominence by winning the Chennai GM Tournament held concurrently with the Anand-Carlsen Match and has continued to impress with every tournament.

Chithambaram is sharing second-third places with M.R. Venkatesh on 6/8.

In a big group a further half point behind, 5.5/8 are Deepan Chakkravarthy, Nguyen Duc Hoa, Kirill Kuderinov, Nguyen Van Huy, Dzhumaev Marat, Haridas Pascua, Niaz Mursehd, Nguyen Anh Dung, Ramnath Bhuvanesh, Richard Bitoon, R. R. Laxman and Pitra Andika.

The leading Malaysian is still IM Jimmy Liew with 5/5 and he faces fellow IM Moulthon Ly with hopes of further turning back the clock.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tiviakov leads by one with two to go

A tense top board encounter ended with top seed and defending champion Sergei Tiviakov taking a one point lead with two rounds to go. The acknowledged master of the minimal advantage once again showed this special talent with the advantage of the white pieces.

For Moulthun Ly, a win, even a draw, would have all but ensured his maiden grandmaster title norm but he made his 2600 rated opponent work very hard indeed.

So Tiviakov has 6/7 to be alone in first place while on a large group sharing second to twelveth places on 5/7 are Ly, Richard Bitoon, John Paul Gomez, Nguyen Van Huy, M.R. Venkatesh, Nguyen And Dung, Niaz Murshed, Dhzumaev Marat, Pascua Haridas, Aravindh Chithambaram, and Kirril Kuderinov.

With his win over Fong Yit Ho, veteran IM Jimmy Liew is now the best of the Malaysians with 4.5/7, Yit Ho joining another loser in Yeoh Li Tian and a winner in younger brother Yit San on 3.5/7. 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Two Leaders, Many Challengers

With his second successive win Mouthun Ly has joined Sergei Tiviakov on top of the leaderboard with 5/6 and is now also in contention for a GM title norm.

Ly beat fellow IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy while Tiviakov with the black pieces took a quick draw against John Paul Gomez. Both leaders will now meet in round seven.

Sharing third to eight places on 4.5/6 are Gomez, M.K. Venkatesh and Nguyen And Dung who drew each other, Niaz Murshed and Richard Bitoon who also drew each other, and Nguyen Van Huy who joins them after an easy win over Mari Joseph Turqueza.

Two young players who are impressing are 17 year old WGM Medina Warda Aulia (photo above) and 15 year old FM Aravindh Chithambaram (photo below) and are showing they easily belong amongst the group on 4/6. Both are unbeaten despite playing numerous grandmasters and are in contention for the International Master title norm. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Tiviakov Leads

(Photo by Kristianus Liem)

Top seeded Sergei Tiviakov is now the sole leader with 4.5/5 after beating a visibly disappointed R.R. Laxman.

Earlier Nguyen Anh Dung and John Paul Gomez decided to preserve energy and had a quick draw to share second to eighth places on 4/5 with Moulthun Ly who managed a win over Deepan Chakkravarthy in what looked like an equal ending, Richard Bitoon and M.K. Venkatesh who had a long hard fought game, Niaz Murshed who beat Irene Sukandar and Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy who crushed Nelson Mariano III.

Six In The Lead After Round Four

 (GM John Paul Gomez - Photo by Kristianus Liem)

With 3.5/4, GM's Sergei Tiviakov, R.R. Laxman, Nguyen Anh Dung, John Paul Gomez, Richard Bitoon and M.R. Venkatesh are all sharing the lead after four rounds of play in the DYTM Raja Dr Nazrin Shah KL International Open Championships.

The two Filipino GMs Gomez and Bitoon had important wins in round three against strong opponents in Nguyen Van Huy and Dzhumaev Marat respectively to move into a share of the lead as the other leaders failed to make further progress.

On the home front, young and leading Malaysian prospect Yeoh Li Tian found his second GM in a row in R.R. Laxman a bit too difficult but it was the same result with veteran GM Niaz Murshed who beat the Indonesian FM Kaisar Jenius Hakki.
(WGM Irene Sukandar - Photo by Kristianus Liem)

Two specially interesting match-ups was between Birthday girl and WGM Irene Sukandar and 13 year old Indian Tejaswini Sagar who is clearly with a bright future, and between FMs Pitra Andika and Nelson Mariano III, ending with Sukandar and Mariano prevailing.

Round 5 Board 1 Live