GM Darwin Laylo leads the Zonal chess 3,3

GM Wesley So clear second after a 4th round drama

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GM Darwin Laylo is the sole leader of the Zonal 3,3 chess championship, taking place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. GM Laylo is the only player with full score after round 4. He defeated Tran Ngoc Lan (ELO 2140), Vo Thanh Ninh (ELO 2340), his compatriot IM RIchard Biiton (ELO 2495), and Bao Khoa (ELO 2161).

Clear second is the top seeded of the competition, the Corus 2009 group C winner GM Wesley So (ELO 2646). GM Wesley So started with a draw against FM Ly Hong Nguyen, but later on defeated FM Ton That Nhu Tung, CM Nguyen Van Huy, and FM Chan Wei-Xuan Timothy to collect 3,5/4 and become number 2 in the standings.

A 4th round multi draw drama left the chasing pack a full point behind Darwin Laylo and 1/2 point behind Wesley So. The top local player GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son held to a draw the second highest rated of the competition GM Zhang Zhong in the derby of the round.Filipino players GM Mark Paragua and GM Eugene Torre also had a peaceful match. Vo Thanh Ninh brought the surprise of the round after holding GM Susanto Megaranto to a draw.

This development will bring early strong top table clashes. In a direct match GM Wesley So and GM Darwin Laylo will dispute the first place. Other interesting encounters include GM Zhang Zhong – IM Bitoon, GM Mark Paragua – GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, and GM Eugenio Torre – IM Hafizulhelmi Mas.

The stakes at this year’s Zonal 3.3 are high. It is a qualification for the Chess World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, as the first two players qualify for the event and get a chance to compete for a place in the World Championship finals 2010 – 2011.

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Standings after round 4

1 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2494 4

2 GM So Wesley PHI 2646 3,5

3 GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2613 3

4 Bao Khoa VIE 2161 3

5 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2592 3

6 IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2495 3

7 IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2500 3

8 GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2552 3

9 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2487 3

10 GM Bui Vinh VIE 2517 3

11 FM Batchuluun Tsegmed MGL 2384 3

12 IM Duong The Anh VIE 2440 3

13 FM Ton That Nhu Tung VIE 2227 2,5

14 GM Torre Eugenio PHI 2560 2,5

15 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2534 2,5

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2391 2,5

17 Tran Ngoc Lan VIE 2176 2,5

18 CM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2414 2,5

19 FM Chan Wei-Xuan Timothy SIN 2344 2,5

20 Vo Thanh Ninh VIE 2340 2,5

21 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2458 2,5

22 FM Ly Hong Nguyen VIE 2302 2

23 FM Pham Chuong VIE 2364 2

CM Nguyen Van Hai VIE 2249 2

25 Nguyen Manh Truong VIE 2160 2

26 Tran Quoc Dung VIE 2196 2

27 IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444 2

CM Baba Masahiro JPN 2229 2

29 CM Tran Thanh Tu VIE 2258 2

30 FM Chan Yi-Ren Daniel SIN 2358 2

31 IM Tu Hoang Thai VIE 2405 2

32 FM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2331 2

CM Nguyen Hoang Nam VIE 2320 2

34 FM Chua Zheng Yuan Terry SIN 2226 2

35 Le Quang Long VIE 2279 2

36 Nguyen Huu Hoang Anh VIE 2086 1,5

37 Dang The Nam VIE 2124 1,5

38 FM Watanabe Akira JPN 2339 1,5

39 Srivachirawat Kannapon THA 2256 1,5

40 GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2474 1,5

41 FM Kojima Shinya JPN 2323 1,5

42 FM Lo Kin Mun Dominic SIN 2154 1,5

43 Do Hoang Lam VIE 0 1

44 Dang Duy Linh VIE 2084 1

Nguyen Minh Tuan VIE 0 1

46 CM Le Huu Thai VIE 1873 1

47 CM Nguyen Van Thanh VIE 2173 1

48 Nguyen Van Toan Thanh VIE 1813 1

49 FM Vuong Trung Hieu VIE 1964 1

50 Nguyen Hung Cuong VIE 2035 1

51 Wiwatanadate Poompong THA 1979 1

52 Nguyen Sy Hung VIE 2013 0,5

53 Le Minh Hoang VIE 1941 0

54 Le Dinh Nguyen Anh VIE 0 0

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