Thursday, August 07, 2008

Gareth Oliver Beats Turks

Gareth Oliver last night raised his score to 2 points after round five of the World Juniors in Turkey. He defeated Turkish player Ekrem Bugra Gokcek. In the second round, the Canberran scored his first win by beating Berker Ozoglu, also from Turkey.

2008 World Junior Chess Championship
Ozoglu, Berker
Oliver, Gareth

1. c4 Nf6 2. e3 g6 3. b3 Bg7 4. Bb2 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. d4 c5 7. Nc3 Bg4 8. Be2 Nc6 9. d5 Nb4 10. a3 Na6 11. h3 Bf5 12. Nd2 Nc7 13. g4 Bd7 14. f4 e6 15. e4 exd5 16. exd5 Nfxd5 17. cxd5 Bxc3 18. Qc2 Qh4+ 19. Kd1 Nxd5 20. Kc1 Qf6 21. Bxc3 Nxc3 22. Bd3 Bb5 23. Bxb5 Nxb5 24. Kb1 Nc3+ 25. Kb2 Nd5+ 26. Ka2 Rfe8 27. Rac1 Re2 28. Rhe1 Rae8 29. Rxe2 Rxe2 30. Rb1 Qd4 0-1

Meanwhile, Sarah Anton has had a terrible run since her lone victory in round two over WFM Marsel Efroimski. Last night the Victorian player dropped yet another game to a certain WFM Sarolta Toth (I wonder if she's related to current Canberra-based coach IM Andras Toth).

But our Pinoy readers will surely be happy with GM Wesley So. The young grandmaster is still undefeated and now has 3.5 points from five games, just a point behind current leaders Li Chao and David Howell. The other day our friends in ChessDom reported that So has just cracked the magic 2600-mark barrier. Let's hope that he can keep it up.

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