Tuesday 7 March 2017

GM Norm (and tournament victory) for Cheng

IM Bobby Cheng has won the Batavia 1920 event in Amsterdam, and has scored a GM norm to go with it. Cheng had been leading the tournament early on, but a couple of losses brought him back to the field, and left him needing a 2.5/3 finish for the norm. He managed to do this, capturing the norm and first place (on countback) with a final round win over GM Tal Baron. Also scoring a GM norm was IM Lucas van Foreest, while FM Barry Brink scored an IM norm.
This event was the final tournament of Cheng's European tour, where he also played in Hastings and Gibraltar. In both of those tournaments he started well but came undone in later rounds, so this was a good result to finish the trip.

Baron,Tal - Cheng,Bobby [B06]
Batavia 1920, 05.03.2017

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