Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Three Wins for Rogers

Grandmaster Ian Rogers is cranking up his game as he posts his third win a row in the Hoogeven Open. Last night he defeated local FIDE master Petra Schuurman. IM David Smerdon, currently a resident of Holland on uni exchange, also won by beating another Dutchman Adrian Clemens.

Olympiad captain Manuel Weeks lost again. He was outplayed by IM Willy Hendriks who sacrificed his Queen on the way to victory. A nice win by Hendriks.

It's easy to see that one day Moulthun Ly will hold a master title. He already has one IM norm which he acquired in this year's World Open. Our only hope is that he gets there very soon. The young Queenslander certainly does have the talent. Last night he drew his game against Israeli IM Yochanan Afek. That result takes Ly to 2.5 points overall and sets up a showdown against FM Babak Tondivar (GM Rogers' conqueror in the second game).

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