Thursday, April 27, 2006

So Thumps Taher

Twelve-year old Wesley So scored his second win a row against an international master yesterday in the 4th round of the Dubai 2006 Open. It's early days in the tourney yet but surely his achievements so far emphatically justify his position in RP's Olympiad team.

8th Dubai Open
So, Wesley
El Taher, Fouad

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. Nc3 d6 5. f4 Ng4 6. f5 h5 7. Nh3 Ne3 8. Bxe3 Bxe3 9. Qf3 Bc5 10. Qg3 Rg8 11. Rf1 c6 12. Bxf7+ Kxf7 13. Qg6+ Kf8 14. f6 gxf6 15. Rxf6+ Qxf6 16. Qxf6+ Ke8 17. Ng5 Rf8 18. Qg6+ Kd8 19. Na4 Bf2+ 20. Kd2 Ke7 21. Qg7+ Ke8 22. Nh7 1-0

Round 4 was a day for the youngsters, according to the official site. Particularly impressive was WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa's win over GM Valeriy.

Our two Aussie heroes improved their situation by each scoring upset victories. Dusan Stojic, a recent joint top placer in the Doeberl Cup 2 weeks ago, defeated Pinoy player FM Antonio Molina. And fellow Victorian Nur Yachou is finally off the mark by downing WFM Bukhashem.


Anonymous said...

Looks like Wesley is the real deal.
Asia needs some new talent like him to let europeans know they are not the only ones with up and coming talent. Chess is a world game,talent grows everwhere.

Hope we can get him to play in the Australian Open in Canberra.
Leko played here when he was a teenager.

rjsolcruz said...

The Bishop Opening is a Wesley favorite and has also used it against NM Cabellon in their Meralco Rapid Match in March 2006. After this win in Dubai hit the papers, NM Gerry joked that the young Wesley remembered what he taught him.