Gustafsson, Van Wely Tied For 1st In Bangkok Where Not Only Chess Is Played

Gustafsson, Van Wely Tied For 1st In Bangkok Where Not Only Chess Is Played

With three rounds to go, GMs Jan Gustafsson and Loek van Wely are tied for first place at the Bangkok Open, with 5.5 out of 6. Nigel Short suffered a second loss on Thursday, and a third in the boxing ring!

It's time for an update on the Bangkok Open, the tournament in Thailand's capital where the Songkran festival has now started. From the first report earlier this week you might remember that 11 players had started with three wins.

Dutch GM Loek van Wely was the only player who continued with victories for two more rounds. As the tournament leader he had the luxury to play White against Paco Vallejo in today's round six, but that didn't guarantee a safe game. Vallejo was winning at some point, but failed to do so.



Van Wely vs Vallejo, a rather crazy game on board one. | Photo courtesy Bangkok CC Open.

Vallejo had beaten the 13-year-old U.S. talent Awonder Liang in round four after arriving half an hour late. It was yet another long game for the Spaniard, who reached a typical Grünfeld ending that Vladimir Kramnik likes to play but only reached a winning position by move 52.

Vallejo shaking hands with Liang, already having half an
hour less on the clock. | Photo courtesy Bangkok CC Open.

Yesterday Van Wely reached clear first place as he beat 17-year-old GM Narayanan Sunilduth of India. After four long games Vallejo needed a rest and drew in 15 moves with another Dutch grandmaster, 21-year-old Benjamin Bok, the winner of the London Chess Classic's open tournament last December.

Van Wely was the only player on 5.0/5. | Photo courtesy Bangkok CC Open.

Today German GM Jan Gustafsson joined Van Wely in the lead by beating Chinese teenager Nie Yinyang convincingly. The 15-year-old Chinese player had played very well until that point, beating both GM Gerhard Schebler of Germany and IM Anton Smirnov of Australia.

 

Last year's winner Nigel Short won't be fighting for first place this year. He suffered another loss, against Myanmar's Wynn Zaw Htun. Earlier in the day he had also lost to France's Sophie Milliet...in a Thai chess-boxing contest!

Nigel Short vs Sophie Milliet in quite a different
setting! | Photo courtesy Bangkok CC Open.

“Certainly Short's play against Htun showed clear signs of possible concussion from the earlier bout,” says the tournament report.


2016 Bangkok Chess Club Open | Round 6 Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Title Name Typ FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 rtg+/-
1 3 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2654 5,5 0 24 8,2
2 5 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2629 5,5 0 22 1,1
3 1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2691 5 0 25,5 2,5
4 7 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2604 5 0 25 4,8
5 11 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2499 5 0 24 9,6
6 4 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2647 5 0 23,5 -0,6
7 22 IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2384 5 0 21,5 11,5
8 18 IM Wynn Zaw Htun MYA 2407 5 0 20,5 6,1
9 33 FM Mohamad Ervan INA 2301 5 0 20 28,6
10 12 GM Gordon Stephen J ENG 2496 5 0 19,5 -1,3
11 10 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan U18 IND 2501 4,5 0 24,5 2,1
12 39 FM Pitra Andika INA 2260 4,5 0 24 29,2
13 20 FM Yeoh Li Tian U18 MAS 2400 4,5 0 23,5 7,6
14 29 FM Dang Hoang Son VIE 2325 4,5 0 23,5 31,6
15 49 Nie Xinyang U18 CHN 2227 4,5 0 23 77,6
16 23 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2372 4,5 0 22 4,8
17 25 IM Stokke Kjetil NOR 2354 4,5 0 21,5 2,1
18 6 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2629 4,5 0 21,5 -7,9
19 16 IM Liang Awonder U18 USA 2410 4,5 0 21,5 3,6
20 15 GM Schebler Gerhard GER 2430 4,5 0 21 -5,2

(Full standings here.)

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