Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2nd SUBIC Open - Chinese Rule, Megaranto 3 points

2nd Subic International Open is an event following just after the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship. Top host player like Wesley So does not playing and most of the Chinese player are going home for their championship, but the tournament still strong with many GM in contest. From federation point of view the event dominated by Indians and Chinese player. Top seed players are GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2625) and Persian GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan (2593). But after 4th round it is looks like the Chinese, including two untitled players, are in strong contention to finished top.

Indonesian delegations are GM Megaranto Susanto seeded no.7 (2553), IM Tirto (2417), FM Sebastian Simanjuntak (2260) and IM Irwanto Sadikin (2447). After round four Megaranto Susanto collected 3 points, only losing to Xiu Deshun who come in perfect point until this round.

Speaking of Xiu Deshun (修德顺), this guy is the one who won this year Bangkok Open ahead of seven grandmaster including Nigel Short. The tournament provided live game and every afternoon I watched in enthusiast Xiu's game. Yesterday on round four he played GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, the Vietnamese blunder in very intrique position of perhaps equally draw. After :

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Bxd2+ 5. Qxd2 O-O 6. Nc3 d5 7. e3 Qe78. cxd5 exd5 9. Bd3 c6 10. Qc2 Nbd7 11. h3 Re8 12. O-O Ne4 13. Rfe1 f5 14.Nh2 Qg5 15. f4 Qg3 16. Nf3 Re6 17. Bxe4 fxe4 18. Ne2 Qg6 19. Ne5 Qh6 20.Rf1 Nxe5 21. dxe5 Rg6 22. f5? Qxe3+! 23. Kh1 ...

I did not manage to watched the game entirely but it is clear white is in trouble and a pawn down.

The tournament did not provided any PGN files yet. Still under the influenced of Liu Wenzhe books , I keep good faith that the Chinese will again clinched this event.

GM Megaranto Susanto yang melanjutkan bertanding di turnamen Internasional Terbuka Subic ke-2 mengumpulkan 3 point dari 4 ronde. Dia hanya kalah dari pemain non gelar tapi sakti Xiu Deshun. Xiu Deshun sendiri hingga ronde 4 tampil sempurna dengan 4 poin. Sementara itu mengikuti juga IM Irwanto Sadikin lagi tersandung oleh pecatur non gelar lainnya Yu Lie di ronde empat. Sementara itu pak FM Sebastian Simanjuntak musti berjuang keras melawan satu Grandmaster dan dua Internasional Master dan berhasil menahan seri IM Barlo Nadera dari Filipina. Terakhir IM Tirto mengumpulkan 2,5 point dan berhasil seri melawan Grandmaster Dao Thien Hai dari Vietname. IM Tirto juga tersandung ama pecatur lagi-lagi non gelar Gao Rui dari Cina.

Masih dalam pengaruh buku Liu Wenzhe , kehadiran pecatur-pecatur Cina ini adalah fenomena. Ada sedikit terpikir bahwa apakah mungkin pecatur-pecatur Cina ini sengaja tidak memfokuskan dirinya kepada gelar sehingga membuat lengah lawannya? Xiu Deshun sendiri adalah pemenang Bangkok Terbuka awal tahun ini di atas banyak grandmaster, apa dia musti melalui tahap gelar FM,IM baru mencapai GM?

See Chessdom report on this tournament including games by GM Megaranto Susanto and Xiu Deshun.

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