By victory over IM Anh Duong The, GM Darwin Laylo secured his ticket to 2009 Chess World Cup. The last remaining ticket now on theory still available for at least three players. Refer to last round pairing :
GM Laylo Darwin 7 vs GM Zhang Zhong 5½
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 5½ vs GM So Wesley 6
IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 5 vs IM Nguyen Thanh Son 5½
Wesley So now has the highest possibility to become the third Pinoys to go WC (Laylo, and Antonio Rogelio Jr). But his opponent Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son also has the chances only if he can get a full point. Zhang Zhong will need a victory to at least on pair to So, but no doubt he will face fierce game by Darwin Laylo. The last is IM Nguyen Thanh Son who 'only' face IM Mas Hafizulhelmi from Malaysia. This is happen because on the last two round there is a regulation to avoid player from same country with 50% score to face each other. So this is a manual pairing.
Indonesian only participant GM Megaranto Susanto is giving up hope after in round 8 draw to MF Ton That Nhu Tunh (VIE 2227) in, again, a Trompovksy attack game.
While on women, WGM Irene K. Sukandar also finished his hope to grab the ticket after a lost to GMW Le Thanh Tu (2310). Irene came to her unfamiliar Semi Slav game where her opponent play a g4 sacrifice :
Le Thanh Tu - Sukandar,Irene Kharisma
[D45]Ho Chi Minh, Zonal 3.3 (8), 28.07.2009
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 dxc4 8.Bxc4 e5 9.Bd2 Nb6? [theory is 9...exd4 10.Nxd4 Ne5 11.Be2 Nexg4 12.h3 Ne5 13.0–0–0 0–0 14.Rdg1 Kh8] 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.dxe5 Nxg4 12.exd6 Qf6 13.Ne4 Qg6 14.Rg1 Re8 15.h3 Kg8 16.Nfg5 Ne5 17.0–0–0 Bf5 18.Qb3+ Kh8 19.f4 Bxe4 20.Nxe4 Qxe4 21.fxe5 Rxe5 22.Bc3 Rc5 23.Rg4 Qf3 24.Kb1 Rg8 25.Rdg1 Nd5 26.Bxg7+ Rxg7 27.Rxg7 Qf5+ 28.Ka1 Qf8 29.Qxb7 1–0 (courtesy of potretcatur.blogspot.com)
On top of the women section is now WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag with 6 1/2 point. Final round pairing , again done manually, so no derby on round 9 :
WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 6½ vs WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 5½
WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 6 vs WFM Cua Sherily PHI 4½
WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 5½ vs Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 5
WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 5 vs WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 5½
WFMPerena Catherine PHI 4 vs WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 5½