Monday 7 April 2008

Chinese Double in Bangkok

Chinese players finished first and second in the 8th Bangkok Open, which finished yesterday in the Thai capital. Xiu Deshun scored 8/9 conceding only 2 draws, to GM's Akobian and Li Shilong. The untitled Deshun had a performance rating of 2679, but due to the fact that the field only contained 2 GM's, only scored an IM (rather than a GM) norm. Second place was also taken by an untitled Chinese player, Zhang Ziyang. Ziyang scored 7.5, losing to the tournament winner, and drawing with Akobian. However Ziyang appears to be even unluckier than Deshun, in that despite a performance rating of 2592, Ziyang only played 3 titled players, invalidating any norms.
Equal 3rd was shared been GM's Akobian and Shilong on 7/9. Australian players Tim Reilly and Matthew Drummond score 6/9 and Sean Watharow scored 3.5 Full results are here.

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