Monday, May 01, 2006

Newsflash: Ray Song Win Sydney

Last night, 12-year old Raymond Song defeated Tomek Rej in the 9th round to secure the City of Sydney 2006 title. Song collected 7.5 points overall, a full point ahead of his nearest chaser, IM-elect George Xie (who last night defeated Ray Song's sister, Angela).

Raymond was undefeated throughout the tournament. His run included an almost unbelievable win against top seed George Xie, in round 6, and which he followed-up with a win against current NSW champ Andrew Bird in round 7. The young man's victory was thanks in many ways to his excellent theoretical preparation, good time management and a dose of luck.

Here is his game against Rej last night.

City of Sydney 2006
Song, Raymond
Rej, Tomek

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 d5 6. Bb5 Ne4 7. Nxd4 Bc5 8. Be3 Bd7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. O-O O-O 11. f3 Ng5 12. f4 Ne4 13. Nd2 Bxd4 14. Bxd4 c5 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Bxc5 Re8 17. Qd4 Bc6 18. Bxa7 Qh4 19. Qf2 Qh5 20. Bd4 Rad8 21. c3 Re6 22. f5 Ree8 23. Rfe1 Bd7 24. f6 c5 25. Bxc5 Rxe5 26. Bd4 Rg5 27. Qe2 Rg4 28. fxg7 Bc6 29. Qe3 Rd6 30. Re2 f5 31. Rf2 Rdg6 32. Be5 Qg5 33. Qxg5 R4xg5 34. g3 Re6 35. Bd4 e3 36. Rf4 e2 37. Re1 Rh5 38. h4 Bb5 39. b3 Bd3 40. Kf2 Rhh6 41. Rf3 Be4 42. Rxe2 Bxf3 43. Rxe6 Rxe6 44. Kxf3 Re1 45. a4 Rf1+ 46. Ke3 Re1+ 47. Kf4 Rf1+ 48. Kg5 Kf7 49. b4 Rf3 50. a5 h6+ 51. Kxh6 Rxg3 52. h5 Rg2 53. a6 Kg8 54. a7 Ra2 55. Kg5 Ra3 56. Kxf5 Ra6 57. b5 Ra5 58. c4 Ra2 59. b6 Ra5+ 60. c5 1-0

Congratulations Ray!


Anonymous said...

Amiel, you give far more coverage to this pathetic tournament than it deserves. Only 44 players played (and some of these 44 quit during the course of the tournament).

rjsolcruz said...

I am looking forward to a SO vs SONG Match, both 12-year old boys. Would it be possible?