In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the 2nd Dragon Capital Vietnam Chess Open 2009 has just completed their eighth round of play today, 7th December 2009. Our Malaysian chess players won their respective round 8 games, ending with 5.0 points and 4.5 points for IM Mas Hafizulhelmi and IM Lim Yee Weng respectively.
Table 1. IM Mas is now ranked 8th with 3 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. Meets IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy in the final 9th round tomorrow.
In round 7, IM Mas lost his first game of the tournament against GM Dao Thien Hai, Vietnam (2524) who is seeded second in the tournament. While in round 8, he won against WIM Le Kieu Thien Kim giving IM Mas five full points after eight rounds and is now ranked 8th overall.
IM Lim Yee Weng met FM F D Howard, Singapore (2230) and drew the 7th round game, while winning against FM Chan WX Timothy, Singapore (2384) in the 8th round game. If he can further improve his seeding in the ninth round tomorrow against IM Duong of Vietnam, it will help push his rating higher. At the moment his tournament performance is at 2256, which is lower than that of his international rating of 2336.
Table 3. The full pairings for the 9th round of the 2nd Dragon Capital Vietnam Chess Open 2009.
(posted by firey_rook; http://fireyrook.blogspot.com)