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peter_parr
15-04-2013, 11:46 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 15th April 2013 (in year 41 of the column).

The Bangkok Open and challengers started last night with 368 players from 44 countries including six from Australia. Former world title challenger and last year’s winner Nigel Short (ENG 2690) is top seed in the 235 player main event (31 GM’s).

Australia’s leading GM Z. Zhao (NSW 2537) is seeded 10, IM M. Illingworth (NSW Champion 2423) seeded 26, FM T. Reilly (NSW 2243) seeded 73 , F.Zulfic (SA Champion 2166) seeded 95. A.Camer NSW 2054 and M.Ilic VIC 1675 are in the challengers event.

Adamski
15-04-2013, 10:45 PM
Best wishes to all Australasians playing

peter_parr
17-04-2013, 10:09 PM
Australia's leading GM Zong-Yuan Zhao shares the lead with GM Paragua,GM Antonio, GM Akesson,GM Vajda and IM Saptarshi all 6 players with 4.5/5

Tony Dowden
18-04-2013, 08:24 AM
Australia's leading GM Zong-Yuan Zhao shares the lead with GM Paragua,GM Antonio, GM Akesson,GM Vajda and IM Saptarshi all 6 players with 4.5/5

See http://chess-results.com/tnr94564.aspx?art=4&lan=1&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984

Watto
18-04-2013, 10:46 AM
Australia's leading GM Zong-Yuan Zhao shares the lead with GM Paragua,GM Antonio, GM Akesson,GM Vajda and IM Saptarshi all 6 players with 4.5/5
Go Zhao!

Adamski
18-04-2013, 03:25 PM
Very strong field. Max lost to Humpy Koneru, former world top woman player and still one of the top few, and the many other GM's include Nigel Short.

peter_parr
20-04-2013, 09:59 PM
Australia's leading grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao has taken the sole lead in the 202 player event with 24 grandmasters with 7/8. He defeated former world title challenger and top seed and last year's winner Nigel Short in round 8 with the black pieces. There is one round left to play.

Kevin Bonham
20-04-2013, 10:32 PM
Short - Zhao

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d3 Bg4 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Nh4 e5 9.e3 Bd6 10.Qe2 0-0 11.Nxg6 fxg6 12.h4 Qe7 13.g5 Nh5 14.c4 e4 15.dxe4 d4 16.exd4 Nf4 17.Qf1 c5 18.d5 Ne5 19.Kd1 b5 20.cxb5 c4 21.f3 Rac8 22.Bh3 Rc7 23.Nb1 Nfd3 24.Be6+ Kh8 25.Rh3 Bc5 26.Nc3 Nf2+ 27.Ke2 Nxh3 28.Qxh3 Rxf3 29.Qxf3 Nxf3 30.Kxf3 Qf8+ 31.Bf4 Bd6 32.Ne2 c3 33.bxc3 Bxf4 34.Nxf4 Rxc3+ 35.Kg4 Qa3 36.Rg1 Re3 37.e5 Rxe5 38.Rg3 Qb4 39.Rb3 Qc4 40.Kg3 Qc5 41.Rf3 Re1 42.Kh3 Re3 43.Rxe3 Qxe3+ 44.Kg4 h5+ 45.gxh6 gxh6 46.Nxg6+ Kg7 47.Ne7 h5+ 48.Kf5 Qf3+ 49.Ke5 Qg3+ 50.Kf5 Qxh4 51.Nc6 Qc4 52.Ke5 Qxb5 53.Kd6 h4 54.Kc7 Qb6+ 55.Kc8 Kf6 56.a4 a5 57.Kd7 Qe3 58.Kc7 Qg3+ 59.Kb6 h3 60.Bxh3 Qxh3 61.Kxa5 Qb3 62.d6 Qc3+ 63.Kb6 Ke6 64.Nd8+ Kd7 65.Nb7 0-1

antichrist
20-04-2013, 10:32 PM
where is AR Rosario when Aussie ZYZ is leaving those Filipino GMs in his dust? Has ZYZ defeated Pinoy GMs - cant check for logistical reasons

peter_parr
20-04-2013, 11:02 PM
ZYZ has scored 100 % against only one Pinoy rated 2356.

Zhao is performing about 2750 so far

Zhao born in Beijing has white in the final round against IM Wan Yunguo 2494 of China

Kevin Bonham
20-04-2013, 11:05 PM
Yuan plays IM Wan Yunguo (2494, born 1990) from China in the final round. He's leading by half a point from his opponent, Gustaffson, Hansen and Schebler. Yuan's opponent needs a draw for a GM norm by my quick calculations.

Adamski
21-04-2013, 12:17 AM
Terrific stuff from ZYZ!:clap:

antichrist
21-04-2013, 10:21 AM
I have a mate here whose brain is cooked by drugs but can still go through dozens of Zhao's brilliancies out of his head

peter_parr
21-04-2013, 11:35 AM
Zhao plays the young IM Yunguo Wan (CHN 2494) in the final one round on Sunday night. ' One night in Bangkok from Chess the Musical' will hopefully see Zhao as the winner of the prestigious Bangkok Open' .

pax
21-04-2013, 01:39 PM
Four move draws on boards one and two? Understandable on board 1 with guaranteed first place and a GM norm at stake, but I would have expected a fight for first place on board two. Good for Zhao, obviously as Schebler will be hard pressed to win with black vs Levente.

Agent Smith
21-04-2013, 01:54 PM
Short's game against Juan seemed very out of sorts ?

But Max's game against Humpy was great. Mr 'Lllingworth' really took the game to her, but Humpy's analysis in the end was just too good ... or maybe Max new he was lost and was just playing for a scam.

[Event "Thailand Open 2013"]
[Site "Pattaya, Thailand"]
[Date "2013.04.15"]
[Round "3.3"]
[White "Koneru Humpy"]
[Black "Lllingworth Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D10"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.1"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O a6 8.a4 a5 9.
Qb3 e6 10.Rd1 Nbd7 11.Qc2 b6 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Qc7 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.Ne5
Nd7 16.Nxc6 Bb7
( 16...Qxc6 17.Bf3 Qc7 18.Bxa8 Ba6 19.Bf3 Qxc4 20.Qxc4 Bxc4 21.Be3 e5
22.Rd2 exd4 23.Bxd4 Be6 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Bd5 Bxd5 26.Rxd5 Nc5 27.Rd6
Rb8 28.f3 Nb3 29.Re1 Nc5 30.Rd4 Rc8 )
17.Ne7+ Kh8 18.d5 Nc5 19.Nc6
( 19.d6 Qd7 20.Ra3 Bf6 21.Qd2 Bxe7 22.Qd4+ f6 23.dxe7 Qxe7 24.Qd6 Qxd6
25.Rxd6 Ra6 26.Rh3 h5 27.Be3 Rb8 28.Bd1 Rf8 29.Rg3 Rg8 30.Bd4 e5 )
19...f5
( 19...Bxc6 20.dxc6 Rad8 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.Bf3 Be5 23.g3 Kg7 24.Bg5 Bf6
25.Bxf6+ Kxf6 )
20.Be3 e5 21.b4 axb4 22.Nxb4 e4 23.Bd4 Bxd4 24.Rxd4 Qg7 25.Rdd1 Bc8 26.f3
Bd7 27.Nc6 e3 28.f4 g5 29.fxg5 f4 30.Ra3 f3 31.Bxf3 Rxf3 32.gxf3 Qxg5+ 33.
Kh1 Rg8 34.Raa1 Nd3 35.Rg1 Qf6 36.Rxg8+ Kxg8 37.Rg1+ Kf8 38.Qxd3 Qxf3+ 39.
Rg2 Bh3 40.Qa3+ 1-0

Tony Dowden
21-04-2013, 08:16 PM
Congratulations to GM Zong-Yuan Zhao for winning the Bangkok Open :clap: :clap: :clap:

Max Illingworth
21-04-2013, 09:31 PM
Indeed, congratulations Yuan on winning outright one of the strongest open tournaments in the world! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Adamski
21-04-2013, 11:53 PM
Indeed, congratulations Yuan on winning outright one of the strongest open tournaments in the world! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Absolutely! Terrific performance by Yuan!:clap: :clap:

Max, your own 6/9 is very creditable in that company. I see you played a good number of Chinese players!

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2013, 12:40 AM
Excellent news. Congrats to Yuan on the win.

Garrett
22-04-2013, 03:58 AM
wow well done ZYZ !

So very well done !!

Capablanca-Fan
22-04-2013, 08:30 AM
That was a very powerful game against the former world championship challenger Short, with a positional sacrifice of three pawns, to go with his Olympiad scalp of Korchnoi a few years ago.

Qbert
22-04-2013, 08:49 AM
That was a very powerful game against the former world championship challenger Short, with a positional sacrifice of three pawns, to go with his Olympiad scalp of Korchnoi a few years ago.
I was lucky enough to be watching it live - fantastic game! :clap: :clap: :clap:
And a well-deserved tournament win. Congratulations ZYZ

peter_parr
22-04-2013, 12:54 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 22nd April 2013.

Zhao beats former World Title Challenger
Peter Parr

Australia’s strongest grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao defeated the top seed and former World Title Challenger Nigel Short (ENG 2697) with the black pieces in the penultimate round of the Thailand Bangkok Open International Tournament on Saturday evening. Zhao seeded tenth has scored seven points from eight games with 6 wins and 2 draws with GM’s J.Gustafsson GER 2621 and R.Akesson SWE 2462 and is the sole leader.

His performance rating so far is 2750 . Zhao plays the young IM Yunguo Wan (CHN 2494) in the final one round on Sunday night. ‘ One night in Bangkok from Chess the Musical ‘ will hopefully see Zhao as the winner of the prestigious Bangkok Open.

There are 202 players from 36 countries including 27 grandmasters in the 9 round event. Leading scores after round 8:- Z.Zhao (AUS 2537) 7, IM Y.Wan (CHN 2494), GM J.Gustafsson (GER 2621), GM S.Hansen (DEN 2561), GM G. Schebler (GER 2445) 6.5. Scores of the other Australians :- NSW Champion IM M.Illingworth (2423) 5.5, former Australian Junior champion FM Tim Reilly NSW (2243) and SA Champion F.Zulfic (2166) both 4.5. There are 112 players from 23 countries in the 7 round challengers event :- A.Camer ( NSW 2054) 5/6, M.Ilic ( VIC 1675) 3/6 .

Watto
22-04-2013, 05:42 PM
Have only just come home from Qld and seen the results. Fantastic news, well done Yuan!! :) :clap:
p.s. Guy predicted (to me) when Yuan was on 4.5/5 that Yuan would win the tournament and also predicted that he would have to beat Short to do it... he wants me to add this so that he can get some credit for a good prediction ;) (He is also thrilled for Yuan but unlike me is unpacking instead of chesschatting...!)

Desmond
24-04-2013, 08:32 PM
Short - Zhao

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d3 Bg4 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Nh4 e5 9.e3 Bd6 10.Qe2 0-0 11.Nxg6 fxg6 12.h4 Qe7 13.g5 Nh5 14.c4 e4 15.dxe4 d4 16.exd4 Nf4 17.Qf1 c5 18.d5 Ne5 19.Kd1 b5 20.cxb5 c4 21.f3 Rac8 22.Bh3 Rc7 23.Nb1 Nfd3 24.Be6+ Kh8 25.Rh3 Bc5 26.Nc3 Nf2+ 27.Ke2 Nxh3 28.Qxh3 Rxf3 29.Qxf3 Nxf3 30.Kxf3 Qf8+ 31.Bf4 Bd6 32.Ne2 c3 33.bxc3 Bxf4 34.Nxf4 Rxc3+ 35.Kg4 Qa3 36.Rg1 Re3 37.e5 Rxe5 38.Rg3 Qb4 39.Rb3 Qc4 40.Kg3 Qc5 41.Rf3 Re1 42.Kh3 Re3 43.Rxe3 Qxe3+ 44.Kg4 h5+ 45.gxh6 gxh6 46.Nxg6+ Kg7 47.Ne7 h5+ 48.Kf5 Qf3+ 49.Ke5 Qg3+ 50.Kf5 Qxh4 51.Nc6 Qc4 52.Ke5 Qxb5 53.Kd6 h4 54.Kc7 Qb6+ 55.Kc8 Kf6 56.a4 a5 57.Kd7 Qe3 58.Kc7 Qg3+ 59.Kb6 h3 60.Bxh3 Qxh3 61.Kxa5 Qb3 62.d6 Qc3+ 63.Kb6 Ke6 64.Nd8+ Kd7 65.Nb7 0-1
Beautiful game :clap:

Sir Cromulent Sparkles
24-04-2013, 09:33 PM
I have a mate here whose brain is cooked by drugs but can still go through dozens of Zhao's brilliancies out of his head

most people on drugs are out of there heads so this is no great feat.

Agent Smith
27-04-2013, 02:39 PM
http://bangkokchess.com/wp-content/uploads/BCCOpen-Zhao-trophy-01.jpg

peter_parr
30-04-2013, 11:36 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 29th April 2013.

Zhao wins Bangkok Open
Peter Parr

Australia’s no 1 Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao had a quick four move draw in his last round game against IM Yunguo Wan to finish outright first in the Bangkok Open. Zhao seeded 10th scored six wins and three draws for a 2695 rating performance.

Leading final scores (202 players including 27 grandmasters, 9 rounds ) ;- GM Z.Zhao (AUS 2537) 7.5, IM Y.Wan (CHN 2494), GM J.Gustafsson (GER 2621), GM L.Vajda (ROU 2632), GM S.Hansen (DEN 2561), GM D.Laylo (PHI 2491), GM O.Barbosa (PHI 2563) all 7. Other Australians :- IM M.Illingworth (NSW Champion 2423) 6, F.Zulfic (SA Champion 2166) and FM T.Reilly (NSW 2243) 4.5. Challengers (112 players, 7 rounds) :- A.Camer (NSW 2054) scored 5/7, M.Ilic (VIC 1675) 3.5 /7 .

Zhao gained 19 rating points from the event in addition to rating points gained earlier this month at the Doeberl Cup in Canberra and the Sydney International Open. Zhao (26) became an International Master at the age of 14 and achieved his GM title after 3 GM norms (2600+ performance) in Dec 2007/Jan 2008. Zhao is a pharmacy graduate from the University of Sydney.

Kevin Bonham
07-05-2013, 09:36 PM
Zhao's true performance rating was 2752.

Capablanca-Fan
08-05-2013, 01:31 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 29th April 2013.

Zhao wins Bangkok Open
Peter Parr

Australia’s no 1 Grandmaster Zong-Yuan Zhao had a quick four move draw in his last round game against IM Yunguo Wan to finish outright first in the Bangkok Open. Zhao seeded 10th scored six wins and three draws for a 2695 rating performance.
Where are Rogers and the other retirees and dilettantes who whinge about short draws to win tourneys? Of course I think, “Way to go, ZYZ! :clap: :clap: ”

peter_parr
08-05-2013, 03:42 PM
Thailand : - The winner of the board two game in the tense final round between GM Hansen 2561 v GM Gustafsson 2621 would tie for first place with Zhao so a tough encounter was expected.

The game started quietly 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 g3 c6 4 Bg2 and the players agreed to a draw without further play.

Twice as many super quick draws as Reykjavik in the last round !

pax
10-05-2013, 01:16 PM
Twice as many super quick draws as Reykjavik in the last round !

An Open tournament is a different proposition to an invitational round-robin where the players are receiving significant appearance money.