Monday, November 21, 2011

SEA Games - The Blitz Champions

Arrived home from work, immediately GiLoCatur went online to website. GiLoCatur would like to know the results of the Chess blitz event held today. 

In this event, Malaysia is represented by IM Mas Hafizulhelmi and Sumant Subramaniam in the Men category and Azman Hisham sisters - WCM Nur Nabila and WFM Nur Najiha, in the Women category.

Philippines and Vietnam each won Gold medal in this event.

The only Gold medal in chess won by Philippines is contributed by its top chess player, GM Wesley So (below picture). He came back strong from his disappointment for not winning gold in the Men Standard event. Impressively, he won all his nine games including against the top seed, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam. Truong Son got Silver while So's countryman, GM Mark Paragua, gave Bronze medal to Philippines.

Wesley So - Gold medallist in Men Blitz
(from SusanPolgar blog)

Men Blitz
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IM Mas was placed fourth with four wins, four losses and one draw. He had 4.5/9 points. Meanwhile, Sumant who is last in the starting list based on Elo ratings managed to win two games. The two opponents he defeated are grandmasters - Mark Paragua of Philippines and Cerdas Barus of Indonesia. GiLoCatur hopes such wins will boost Sumant's confidence that he can beat masters.

WIM Hoang, Thi Nhu Y
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Men Blitz
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In the Women Blitz event, a Vietnamese Women International Master (WIM) Hoang Thi Nhu Y emerged the gold medallist. She won five games and drew the other four to record 7/9 points. It is the sixth gold medal in chess for Vietnam. Both Silver and Bronze medals went to the host country, Indonesia. Its chess princesses - WFM Warda Aulia Medina and WIM Chelsie Monica Sihite contributed the medals. Both of them had same 6.5/9 points. But Warda had better tie break than Chelsie.

The Malaysian players are placed fifth and eighth. Nabila had 5.5/9 points while her younger sister scored 3/9 points. GiLoCatur believes the two young players are at par with other players even though they have the lowest Elo ratings. In next SEA Games, GiLoCatur strongly believe that both of them will provide medals to Malaysia.

In summary, the medal tally for Chess Blitz event

VIE - 1G, 1S
PHI - 1G, 1B
INA - 1S, 1B

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