Monday, 6 July 2015

2015 Oceania Zonal - Day 3

IM Max Illingworth holds the outright led of the 2015 Oceania Zonal, with 4 wins from 4 games. He beat IM Igor Goldenberg on board 1, while his closest challengers drew on Board 2&3. Tomorrow is another double round day (the last), and starts off with Illingworth up against second seed IM Moulthun Ly. Of the 7 players on 3.5/4 Zachary Loh is the real high achiever, beating IM Ari Dale and drawing with IM Igor Bjelobrk in successive rounds. He is currently second on tie-break and is on track for an IM norm.
There were a couple of other meritorious performances from overseas participants. Calvin Prasad drew with FM Malcolm Stephens to reach 3/4, joined by CM Alphaeus Ang who beat IM Ari Dale. PNG rep Stuart Fancy also scored his 3rd win of the tournament to keep his good run going.
In the Women's Zonal WIM Biljana Dekic leads with 4/4. After a slow start WIM Emma Guo has moved up to 3/4, and they play in tomorrow mornings game. With the rest of the field at least another half point back, this might be the game that decides the tournament.

Illingworth,Max (2506) - Goldenberg,Igor (2341) [A00]
Oceania Zonal 2015 Sydney, Australia (4.1), 06.07.2015

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