Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
GM Saidali Iuldachev - first place
FM Daniel Fernandez - 2nd and getting his hard earned 3rd and final IM norm
Ankit Rajpara - 3rd and also very grateful for getting his 3rd IM norm too. He is now in Petaling Street celebrating (if he had not won his last round he would be in the room sulking :) )
Thakur Akhur - 4th and the third person obtaining IM norm from the tournament(it is also his 3rd IM norm). He had a winning position against the GM but blundered a whole piece in the ending.
IM Sithuru Nathanel
FM Yee Soon Wei
Abdul Haq was the busiest of the players as he also played a major role as organiser to ensure players were taken care of, arrangement of playing venue, food, etc. An incredible job by Haq.
NIcholas Chan seemed to play like a different person after the KL Open and was totally off form. He picked up towards the end of the tournament by beating Ankit and almost ending Daniel Fernandez norm chances in the last round.
Tirto suffered from gout and it looks like his game suffered too one win 3 draws and 5 losses.
Nirav Y Rajasuba whose secondary job is coaching and Ankit was once his student.
Nicholas miscalculated in a winning position and lost his queen.
This gives Daniel Fernandez 7 points, half a point more than the IM norm requirements.
This means all three IM hopefuls completed all the 3 required norms.
Click here to see the final pictorial cross table.
He needed a win for an IM norm and he got the win! Ankit Rajpara of India scores a win as white vs IM Situru Nathaniel. It's the first game that concluded out of the 5 boards currently being played in the UKM KL Masters 2010.
Ankit outplayed Situru on the White side of the Sicilian c3, an opening which he is quite familiar with.