Sunday, January 11, 2015

Ni Hua Wins Australian Open and Zhao Xue Wins New Zealand Open 2015

Just to conclude my photo's blog of 2015 Australian Open, HERE and HERE, GM Ni Hua completely smashed the event with a staggering 10.5/11 result. Ni Hua only drew with GM Rustam Kushnutdinov in round 8. Ni Hua secured the trophy with two rounds spare. In the second is GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev followed by IM Max Illingworth. Complete final result for 2015 Australia Open, held in Sidney:

Final Result 2015 Australian Open
1 GM Ni Hua CHN 2689 10.5
2 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2573 8.0
3 IM Illingworth Max AUS 2476 8.0
4 GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2476 7.5
5 IM Morris James AUS 2378 7.5
6 IM Cheng Bobby AUS 2436 7.5
7 IM Ly Moulthun AUS 2460 7.5
8 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2564 7.5
9 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2513 7.5
10 GM Smerdon David AUS 2519 7.5

The other Oceania region chess tournament happening simultaneously is New Zealand Open 2015. Filled with more GMs than Aussie Open, the event also won by Chinese grandmaster. GM Zhao Xue won the event with 8/9 points. Only two draws versus GM David Howell and IM Irene Kharisma Sukandar. On the note of Indonesian players, Kharisma finished quite well on upper standing. She only lost to two GMs and a draw, but able to grab full points against her inferior opponents. Final result and official web HERE.

2015 New Zealand Open
1 GM Zhao, Xue 8
2 GM Bischoff, Klaus 7
3 GM Howell, David W L 7
4 GM Rasmussen, Allan Stig 7
5 CM Teh, Eu Wen Aron 7
6 IM Sukandar, Irine Kharisma 6.5
7 Zelesco, Karl 6.5
8 Drummond, Matthew 6.5
9 IM Van Riemsdijk, Herman C. 6.5
10 IM DIVE, Russell J WE 6

Partai Catur GM Zhao Xue vs IM Irine Kharisma Sukandar 1/2-1/2
New Zealand Open 2015 / Selandia Baru Terbuka

Now, let's focus to the giant chess tournament in TATA STEEL CHESS 2015, tonight highlight, GM Magnus Carlsen vs GM Wesley So!

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