Bangkok Open: Van Wely takes sole lead

4/13/2016 – Seven time Dutch Champion Loek Van Wely has become the sole leader of the Bangkok Chess Club Open, the strongest tournament ever held in Thailand, by beating the 17-year old Indian Grandmaster Narayanan Sunilduth with Black in round five. After five rounds Van Wely is the only player with 5.0/5. Half a point behind follow five players with 4.5/5 each.

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Over 300 players from more than 40 countries are competing in the Bangkok Open and Challengers tournaments, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

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5.0/5 - Loek Van Wely seems to like to play in Bangkok

On Wednesday - the first day of Thailand's Songkran Festival  - the 43-year Dutch player his fifth win in five games by outplaying India's 17-year-old Grandmaster Narayanan Sunilduth.

 

Van Wely moved ahead of the peleton because top seeded Spaniard  Paco Vallejo was held to a draw by van Wely's compatriot Benjamin Bok in a less-than-riveting 15 move encounter.

Vallejo and Bok join a pack of five players just half a point behind van Wely, including Grandmasters Jan Gustafsson and Dhopade Swapnil as well as the little known Chines Nie Xinyang. 15-year-old Nie, who had defeated Grandmaster Gerhard Schebler in the previous round, continued his good form by beating Anton Smirnov from Australia.

 

Nie Xinyang vs Anton Smirnov

Thai hopes were riding on the shoulders of Boonsueb Saeheng but the Bangkok veteran erred badly against Nigel Short.

 

Nigel Short (with White) against Boonsueb Saehaeng

Text and Photos: Press Office, 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open

Standings after five rounds

Rg. Snr   Name Typ Land Elo Pkt.  Wtg1   Wtg2  Rp
1 3 GM Van Wely Loek   NED 2654 5,0 0,0 16,0 3084
2 1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco   ESP 2691 4,5 0,0 18,0 2680
3 7 GM Bok Benjamin   NED 2604 4,5 0,0 17,5 2668
4 11 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade   IND 2499 4,5 0,0 15,0 2632
5 49   Nie Xinyang U18 CHN 2227 4,5 0,0 15,0 2575
6 5 GM Gustafsson Jan   GER 2629 4,5 0,0 14,5 2584
7 4 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar   IND 2647 4,0 0,0 17,5 2519
8 10 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan U18 IND 2501 4,0 0,0 16,5 2522
9 20 FM Yeoh Li Tian U18 MAS 2400 4,0 0,0 16,0 2451
10 23 IM Dimakiling Oliver   PHI 2372 4,0 0,0 15,5 2356
11 19 IM Roy Prantik   IND 2402 4,0 0,0 15,5 2393
12 22 IM Himanshu Sharma   IND 2384 4,0 0,0 15,5 2426
13 39 FM Pitra Andika   INA 2260 4,0 0,0 15,5 2460
14 2 GM Short Nigel D   ENG 2671 4,0 0,0 15,0 2445
15 16 IM Liang Awonder U18 USA 2410 4,0 0,0 15,0 2481
16 8 GM Halkias Stelios   GRE 2553 4,0 0,0 14,5 2438
17 6 GM Khairullin Ildar   RUS 2629 4,0 0,0 14,5 2435
18 33 FM Mohamad Ervan   INA 2301 4,0 0,0 14,5 2415
19 14 IM Sipila Vilka   FIN 2440 4,0 0,0 13,5 2399
20 18 IM Wynn Zaw Htun   MYA 2407 4,0 0,0 13,5 2340
21 12 GM Gordon Stephen J   ENG 2496 4,0 0,0 13,0 2363
22 31 FM Causo Deniel   PHI 2311 4,0 0,0 12,5 2290
23 29 FM Dang Hoang Son   VIE 2325 3,5 0,0 18,0 2532
24 13 IM Smirnov Anton U18 AUS 2479 3,5 0,0 16,5 2314
25 36 FM Saeheng Boonsueb   THA 2292 3,5 0,0 16,0 2340

Selected games of rounds 1 to 5

 

 

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Catastrophe Catastrophe 4/15/2016 03:47
Go Jan!!
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