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    Project GM Puchen Wang

    I know this is an Australian chess forum, but I notice a lot of past & present kiwis post here so I'm hoping there will be interest in this thread

    NZ's 17yo IM, Wang Puchen is attempting to emulate GM Zhou & GM-elect Smerdon by spending his gap-year in the hunt for GM norms in Europe and Australia. The NZ Federation is organising an appeal for financial assistance for his bid to become NZ's 2nd (& Australasia's 6th) GM, details of which can be found at http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/

    So far Puchen has finished with 6/9 at the 25th Capelle la Grande international open (www.cappelle-chess.com). Unfortunately a slow start (jet lag?) meant a GM norm was out of the question, but a 3/3 finish meant Puchen will gain some rating points toward the 2500 target. Since only the top boards' games are available as yet there are none of Puchen's games to post.

    Next up is a 1st Saturday event in Hungary in March.

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    good luck

    Good luck to him !

    I hope he makes it !

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    There is no question that Puchen has GM potential. The Euwe Stimulus last year was a real turning point for him I think. I suspect GM norms might be a couple of years off yet, but a year in Europe will certainly do him no end of good in pursuit of the GM goal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    There is no question that Puchen has GM potential ... I suspect GM norms might be a couple of years off yet.
    I'm more optimistic - I'm definitely expecting GM norms from Puchen this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyD
    I'm more optimistic - I'm definitely expecting GM norms from Puchen this year!
    I certainly hope so, but Smerdon and Zhao have showed that even with abundant talent it can take quite a while to bridge the gap from IM to GM.

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    Although going to Europe is a great experience all round, there is also now a lot of good chess experience against very strong opposition to be found in Asian Tournaments and Asia is much closer. It's a pity that Australians and New Zealanders have to travel at all to get that experience on a regular basis but perhaps things will change in the not too distant future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denis_Jessop
    Although going to Europe is a great experience all round, there is also now a lot of good chess experience against very strong opposition to be found in Asian Tournaments and Asia is much closer. It's a pity that Australians and New Zealanders have to travel at all to get that experience on a regular basis but perhaps things will change in the not too distant future.
    There are plenty of strong tournaments in Asia, but not with anything like the regularity of Europe.

    The surge of chess in Asia will certainly benefit Australia based players, but those looking to spend a year playing chess full time are still better served playing in Europe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyD
    I'm more optimistic - I'm definitely expecting GM norms from Puchen this year!
    Since Australians are no less optimistic than New Zealanders, why not have project Monthun Ly or project Max Illingworth
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron
    Since Australians are no less optimistic than New Zealanders, why not have project Monthun Ly or project Max Illingworth
    Are either of them planning to spend a year in Europe chasing norms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    Are either of them planning to spend a year in Europe chasing norms?
    Not sure ...but if funding is provided they may...I rate their chances of becoming a GM no lower than Puchen Wong's.
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    As he has entered the 2008 SIO, he can try to secure a GM norm in Sydney next month!

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    Despite having a cold, Puchen has started with 2 draws vs 2500 opposition in Hungary.

    By the way for those who wondered who GM Zhou was, I meant GM Zhao, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qbert
    Despite having a cold, Puchen has started with 2 draws vs 2500 opposition in Hungary.

    By the way for those who wondered who GM Zhou was, I meant GM Zhao, of course.
    14 players - that is unusual for First Saturdays isn't it?

    Two draws is a good start. Then he just needs to start pounding some of these 2400s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qbert
    Despite having a cold, Puchen has started with 2 draws vs 2500 opposition in Hungary.
    He played both games with white pieces. Round 3 will be tougher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drug
    He played both games with white pieces. Round 3 will be tougher.
    Another draw - this time against GM Kosic (2511). here is the round 1 game.

    Event: First Saturday 2008 marcius IGM
    Site: Bodapest
    Date: 2008.03.01
    Round: 1
    White: Puchen, Wang
    Black: Varga, Zoltan
    Result: 1/2-1/2
    ECO: D16
    WhiteElo: 2383
    BlackElo: 2506
    PlyCount: 40
    EventDate: 2008.03.01

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