Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Paragua and Zhang Zong Lead ASEAN

GM Zhang Zong is surging way ahead in the Grandmaster "A" section of the 1st Leg ASEAN Chess Circuit tournament in Indonesia. Zhang defeated Indonesia's IM Nathaniel Situru in the seventh round to raise his tally to 6 points. Currently running closest is 14-year old GM Wesley So who has 4.5 points. Yesterday, the world's youngest grandmaster defeated his countryman IM Barlo Nadera.

Other scores are as follows:

4.0 Hafizulhemi, Tirto and Hamed.
3.5 Purnama, Megaranto, Torre
3.0 Ginting, Situru
2.0 Kosasih
1.0 Nadera

Here's a round 6 win by Eugene Torre over FM Tirta, of Indonesia, where the Pinoy legend tries out the rare Larsen's Opening. A very smooth win by Torre, his dancing steeds dominating!

AMCC 2008 1st Leg - GM Tournament A
Torre Eugenio
Purnama Tirta Chandra

1. b3 c5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d5 4. Bb5 Qb6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Nf3 a6 7. Bxc6+ Qxc6 8. Ne2 g6 9. Ne5 Qc7 10. d4 Bg7 11. O-O O-O 12. Nf4 cxd4 13. exd4 Bf5 14. c3 Rfd8 15. f3 Ne8 16. Re1 Bh6 17. Ne2 Bg7 18. Ng3 Nd6 19. Nf1 Rac8 20. Ne3 Be6 21. Nd3 Nb5 22. Nc5 Qc6 23. a4 Nc7 24. a5 f6 25. Nc2 Bf5 26. Nb4 Qb5 27. Qe2 e5 28. Qxb5 Nxb5 29. Nxb7 Rd7 30. Nc5 Rd6 31. Nbxa6 Bh6 32. Re2 Bg7 33. Nb4 Bd7 34. a6 exd4 35. cxd4 f5 36. Re7 Be8 37. a7 1-0

Meanwhile, in the "B" section, Paragua leads with 6 points, but chased very closely by fellow Pinoys IM Jayson Gonzales who has 5.5 and FM Rolando Nolte with five.

In the WIM tournament, IM Irwanto Sadikin leads the field on 6.5 points altogether.

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