IM Zong Yuan Zhao has just dropped his first game in Gibraltar. Playing the black side of a Queen's Gambit Declined, Zhao lost to the 2606-rated Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine.
Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2008
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 d5 4. e3 e6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Nbd2 Ne4 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Qc2 f5 9. Bb2 b6 10. O-O Bb7 11. a3 Bd6 12. b4 Nd7 13. Rad1 Qe7 14. Nb3 a5 15. bxa5 bxa5 16. c5 Bc7 17. a4 Ba6 18. Ne5 Bxe5 19. dxe5 Rfb8 20. Bxa6 Rxa6 21. Bd4 Rb4 22. f3 Rc4 23. Qe2
23...Ndxc5 24. Nxc5 Nxc5 25. Rc1 Nd7 26. Rxc4 dxc4 27. Qxc4 Nb8 28. Bc5 Qd7 29. Qb3 Ra8 30. Rd1 Qc8 31. Bb6 Kf7 32. Rd8 Qa6 33. Bc5 1-0
Ben Lazarus has also just posted a loss to Denmark's FM Tim Jaksland. Ben has 3.5 points. Sadly, Moulthun Ly's round 8 game doesn't seem to be available on the site so I've no idea of his own result.
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Moulthun drew so is now on 4.5 after 8 rounds - see the Pairings and Results on http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/gib2008/masters/resultsindex.html
I am sure Yuan can get the win he needs to get his final norm.
We just need everyone to be sending lots of positive waves to Gibraltar. :)
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