Below is a portion of Mr Bernardino's report that he has just submitted to Philippine newspapers.
Up against Grandmaster Dao Thien Hai, one of Vietnam’s most-feared chess masters, Filipino International Master Oliver Dimakiling bravely stood his ground and forced a fighting draw to stay ahead of the pack in the seventh round of the Dato Arthur Tan 3rd Malaysian Open at the Citi Tel Mid Valley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The standoff kept the 13th seed Dimakiling half a point ahead of his pursuers with six points after seven rounds, even as 12-year old Fide Master Wesley So made a big leap following a king-sized upset win against Australian GM Ian Rogers.
The win by So, a resident of Bacoor, Cavite, put him in the company of Dao, GM Nguyen Anh Dung and Indonesian IM Tirto in a tie for second to 4th places with 5.5 points each in the 11-round, Swiss System tournament.
Continuing this theme of old vs young, as well as one that involves an Aussie, here is a photo of Brian Jones against Bryan Lee.
When I was in Singapore last year, I was watching GM Dao, GM Nguyen at the Vision Masters tournament. Watching them analysing games was a very interesting experience. Friendly guys too! Well mannered and chatty.
Keep up the news from Asia Amiel, I for one am very interested.
Mabuhay si Wesley!!! That's another GM scalp, so to speak.
it would be very very interesting to see a philippines vs australia match!
Wesley is Philippines newest IM! Prior to his round 9 game against GM Dao, he already scored enough points to get the IM norm, a win against Dao will result a 9 round GM norm for So.
You can find the game at my blog:
Is Wesley So definitely an IM elect now? (ie doesn't require any more norms) If so, that's a great achievement!!
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