Shannon Oliver's rest in the ninth round, owing to a bye, must have done her some good as she posted another win last night. The Canberran defeated local player Varduhi Kalashyan.
Unfortunately, none of the Australian games are included in the downloadable PGN. But we can show you another fine effort by Filipino entry John-Paul Gomez. Last night, Gomez drew with strong Turkish international master Baris Esen. According to the tournament website, Gomez's performance rating is presently at 2513. The Filipino now has a total of 6 points, 2 points behind sole leader Nikita Vitiugov of Russia.
It doesn't get any easier for John-Paul. His next opponent is Indian GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J who sports a rating of 2501. C'mon man, our hopes and prayers are with you.
Nick is doing fine - this is his first overseas tournament and there is just one hard game after the other at this level. Unlike in Australia where you play a hard person and lose and then play a mug and win.
Nick's had some good draws and will come back from this tournament with great experience. He has already impressed me with how much he has improved in the last year and this will push him along even more.
It was good to see Shanon win last night - she felt she mucked up her last 2 games, with a draw in round 7 and a win in round 8 slipping away from her.
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