Sunday 27 April 2014

2014 Sydney International Open - Moulthun Ly triumphant

IM Moulthun Ly has won the 2014 Sydney International Open with a final round draw over GM Levente Vajda. The draw moved him to 7/9, a left him half a point clear of the chasing pack. As well as picking up the $4000 first prize, Ly also scored his first GM norm, having a performance rating of 2623. He went through the event undefeated, scoring 5 wins and 4 draws.
Five players tied for second place. They were GM Liviu Nisipeanu, GM Levente Vajda, FM Junta Ikeda, GM Loek Van Wely and Ke Mu. FM Junta Ikeda scored another IM norm, his fourth, but more importantly moved his rating over 2400, thereby confirming his IM title. Untitled Ke Mu fell an agonising 3 points short of an IM norm, despite a last round win over compatriot Qilin Bao.
In the Challengers, Tony Weller timed his finishing run to perfection, overtaking previous leader Paul Russell after winning their final round game.Weller won his last 5 games to finish on 7.5/9. Russell tied for second with Arif Hassani, half a point back.

Ly,Moulthun - Vajda,Levente [C88]
2014 Sydney International (9.1), 27.04.2014

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