GM Hou Yifan wins Third Kuala Lumpur Open

4/12/2010 – This "wonder-girl from China" has just turned 16 and is winning strong opens like the one in Malaysia, where she finished ahead of a bunch of grown-up GMs and picked up a cool 10,000 Malaysia Ringgits (= US $3,100 or €2,300). Instead of packing our report with photos, this time we give you round by round video impressions provided by our colleagues at Europe Echecs.

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GM Hou Yifan wins Third Kuala Lumpur Open

GM Hou Yifan, the wonder-girl from China, was crowned champion of the Third Kuala Lumpur Open Chess Tournament 2010 which concluded at Hotel Olympic Sports on Monday. Yifan, who started the last round a full point lead over rest of the field, needed just a draw, which she got with ease against GM Megaranto Susanto of Indonesia. The Chinese girl became richer with the first prize of RM 10,000 (Malaysia Ringgits = US $3,100 or €2,300) and the glittering DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah Trophy.

GM Nguyen Anh Dung and top seeded player of the tournament GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil won their crucial last round encounter against GM Iuldashev Saidali and GM Murshed Niaz respectively, to secure second and third place with a score of 7/9.

A group of six players, GM Megaranto Susanto, GM Thomas Luther, IM Swapnil Dhopade, GM Dzhumaev Marat, IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek and IM Ashwin Jayaram tied for 4-9 places with a score of 6½/9.

Final top ranking after nine rounds

Rk. Ti. Name
FED
Rtg
Pts.
 TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3 
1 GM Hou Yifan
CHN
2570
7.5
52.0
48.0
43.5
2 GM Nguyen Anh Dung
VIE
2464
7.0
53.0
49.0
44.5
3 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil
GEO
2634
7.0
52.5
48.5
43.5
4 GM Megaranto Susanto
INA
2527
6.5
54.0
49.5
44.5
5 GM Luther Thomas
GER
2559
6.5
51.5
48.0
43.0
6 IM Swapnil S. Dhopade
IND
2442
6.5
49.5
45.5
41.0
7 GM Dzhumaev Marat
UZB
2525
6.5
49.0
45.5
41.5
8 IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek
UZB
2509
6.5
49.0
44.5
39.5
9 IM Ashwin Jayaram
IND
2446
6.5
48.0
44.0
40.0
10 GM Cao Sang
HUN
2557
6.0
51.5
46.5
41.5
11 GM Rahman Ziaur
BAN
2558
6.0
51.0
47.0
42.5
12 GM Iuldashev Saidali
UZB
2511
6.0
51.0
46.0
41.0
13 FM De Ramos Julius Joseph
PHI
2314
6.0
50.5
47.5
42.0
14 GM Murshed Niaz
BAN
2413
6.0
47.5
44.5
40.5
15 IM Irwanto Saidikin
INA
2414
6.0
47.5
43.5
39.5
16 FM Chan Nicholas
MAS
2398
6.0
45.0
41.0
37.0
17 IM Duong The Anh
VIE
2425
6.0
44.5
40.5
36.5
18 Laksana Agusta
INA
0
6.0
44.0
40.0
36.0
19 IM Yap Kim Steven
PHI
2416
6.0
39.5
35.5
31.5
20 IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal
IND
2403
6.0
39.0
35.5
31.5

The tournament was also successful for the five players who earned their International Master (IM) and Women's International Master (WIM) norm. The players to earn their IM norm are Vakhidov Jahangir of Uzbekistan, Julius Joseph De Ramos of Philippines and Laksana Augusta of Indonesia, while the WIM norm were earned by two Indian players; Bhakti Kulkarni and Mitali Patil.

The event was organized by the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association in support of the Malaysian Intellect Development Foundation & Masterskill University College of Health Sciences.


Normally we pack our reports with pictures. This time we are trying an experiment: providing you with video impressions instead, all produced by our colleagues in Europe Echecs. Plenty of material here for you to peruse. We'll be checking the Blip-TV


Impressions from round one


Impressions from round two


Impressions from rounds three and four


Impressions from round five


Impressions from round six – with a ten-board clock simul by Nigel Short


Impressions from rounds seven and eight (analysis by Hou Yifan at the end)


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