Monday, April 22, 2013


Laylo, Barbosa tied for 2nd in Bangkok chess

Posted at 04/22/2013 7:47 PM | Updated as of 04/22/2013 7:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Masters (GM) Darwin Laylo and Oliver Barbosa finished in a tie for second place, while GM Zhao Zong-Yuan of Australia took the championship at the 2013 Bangkok Chess Club tournament in Thailand on Sunday.
Zhao halved the point with International Master (IM) Wan Yunguo of China after just three moves of the King’s Indian defense in the final round, to finish with 7.5 points on six wins and three draws in the Open Section.
Meanwhile, Laylo toppled GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia after 38 moves of Old Benoni defense, while Barbosa routed IM Roy Saptarshi of India after 40 moves of Queen’s Pawn game.
Laylo and Barbosa finished in a six-way tie for second place.
After the tie-break points were applied, China’s Wan wound up in second place, followed by GM Jan Gustafsson of Germany was in third place. GM Levente Vajda of Romania finished fourth, GM Hansen Sune Berg of Denmark, in fifth and Laylo at sixth place. Barbosa wound up at seventh.
GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. finished with 6.5 points and landed at eighth place after splitting the point with IM Wang Chen of China after 48 moves of Sicilian defense in the final round.
GM Mark Paragua settled for a truce with GM Kulkarni Bhakti of India after 39 moves of the Scandinavian defense, Fide Master (FM) Hamed Nouri drew with GM Lu Shanglei of China after 49 moves of Vienna opening, and GM John Paul Gomez defeated IM Mas Hafizulhelmi of Malaysia.
The three Filipino chessers tallied 6.0 points each, dropping them to a share of 17th to 38th places. Paragua wound up in 20th place over-all, Hamed in 21st overall and Gomez, 25th.
In the Challenger section of the tournament, Filipino chesser Marvin Tang lost to Russian FM Sergey Birjukov in the seventh and final round, but still emerged as overall champion.
Tang had a better tie-break points against fellow six-pointers Birjukov, Atul Kumar of India, Andrian Endang of Indonesia and Dongre Chandrakant of India.
National Master Rudy Ibanez, John Kristoffer de Leon, Angelito Camer and Christine Joyce Dacayo-Paragua tallied 5.0 points each and were tied for ninth to 17th places.
The Filipino chessers campaign in the Thailand tournament was supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. -- By Marlon Bernardino

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