Thursday, January 31, 2008

Zhao Wins and Bags GM Title

It looks like IM Zong Yuan Zhao will become Australia's next grandmaster after winning his penultimate game in Gibraltar against Frenchman Gildas Goldzstein a couple of hours ago. According to the Monroi site, the game ended abruptly with Goldzstein's blunder 30...Rf6?? and dropping a piece.

The win will mean a third GM norm and therefore also the title.

There was also good news by the other two Australians. In a typically exciting King's Gambit - Moulthun Ly drew, by repetition, with the powerful 2632-rated Viktor Mikhalevski of Israel and Ben Lazarus defeated Line Jin Jorgensen of Norway.

Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2008
Ly, Moulthun
Mikhalevski, Victor
C30

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. c3 Nf6 5. fxe5 dxe5 6. Nxe5 O-O 7. d4 Nxe4 8. Qd3 Bf5 9. Qf3 g6 10. Bc4 Bd6 11. g4 Qh4+ 12. Kf1 Bxe5 13. gxf5 Nd6 14. Bb3 Bg7 15. fxg6 hxg6 16. Rg1 Re8 17. Be3 Kf8 18. Bf2 Qh6 19. Na3 Nd7 20. Nb5 Nf6 21. Nxc7 Re4 22. Bg3 Nf5 23. Nxa8 Ne3+ 24. Ke2 Nc4+ 25. Qxe4 Qd2+ 26. Kf1 Nxe4 27. Bxc4 Qxb2 28. Rd1 Nd2+ 29. Rxd2 Qxd2 30. Bd6+ Kg8 31. Rg3 b5 32. Bb3 b4 33. Bxb4 Qxh2 34. Rf3 Qh1+ 35. Kf2 Bf6 36. Bd5 Kg7 37. Ke2 Qh5 38. Bc6 g5 39. Kd3 g4 40. Re3 Qf5+ 41. Kc4 Qf2 42. Re4 Qf1+ 43. Kb3 Qd1+ 44. Kc4 Qf1+ 45. Kd5 Qf5+ 46. Kd6 g3 47. Re2 Qg4 48. Rg2 Bd8 49. Bd5 Kf6 50. Rg1 Qf5 51. Rxg3 Qf4+ 52. Kd7 Qf5+ 53. Kd6 Qf4+ 54. Kd7 1/2-1/2

1 comment:

Alex said...

Go Zhao!!!! What a superstar, 3 GM norms in a row! Congrats and keep it up.