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IM David Smerdon wins Oceania Zonal

Smerdon qualifies for the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk

IM David Smerdon won convincingly the Oceania Zonal chess competition a full point ahead of rest of the field. Smedron won the title with 7,5/9 and qualified to the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk.

The top seeded GM Zong-Yuan Zhao did not lose a single game through the competition, but disappointed with his performance overall. In round 3 he drew with the lower rated FM Tomek Rej with white, a trend that repeated against IM George Xie and IM Smerdon. Combined with the draws against FM Bjelobrk and IM West Guy with black left him with 6,5 points on third place.

FM James Morris finished with the same points as GM Zhao and a better tiebreak gave him the second position. FM James Morris is only 15 years old. He won against each lower rated player and lost only to the winner (after having a winning position) and clearly becomes the top young talent of Oceania.

Scroll down for the final standings.

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Final standings

1 IM Smerdon David 2489 7.5

2 FM Morris James 2114 6.5

3 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan 2583 6.5

4 FM Bjelobrk Igor 2332 6.5

5 IM Solomon Stephen J 2455 6.5

6 Cheng Bobby 2103 6.5

7 Steadman Michael 2262 6.5

8 FM Rej Tomek 2308 6

9 IM West Guy 2343 6

10 IM Xie George Wendi 2402 6

11 Oliver Gareth 2187 6

12 Ly Moulthun 2340 6

13 IM Lane Gary W 2371 6

14 FM Levi Eddy 2216 5.5

15 Scott Ronald 2261 5.5

16 FM Canfell Gregory 2327 5.5

17 FM Smith Robert W 2274 5.5

18 IM Garbett Paul Anthony 2319 5.5

19 Schon Eugene 2186 5.5

20 Stead Kerry 2087 5.5

21 FM Nakauchi Gene 2076 5.5

22 Yuan Yi 2010 5.5

23 Muller Jonas 1981 5.5

24 IM Rujevic Mirko 2282 5

25 Brown Andrew 2085 5

26 CM Illingworth Max 2243 5

27 CM Kumar Manoj 2017 5

28 CM Prasad Calvin 1912 5

29 FM Ambrus Endre 2375 5

30 IM Feldman Vladimir 2298 5

31 Selnes Hamish 1921 5

32 Juszczynski Mathew 1914 4.5

33 WIM Jule Alexandra 1928 4.5

34 Chan Jason 2056 4.5

35 FM Jones Brian 2062 4.5

36 Jule Sebastian 1847 4.5

37 Krstev Mario 2086 4.5

38 Fitzpatrick Andrew 2022 4.5

39 Goundar Sanmogam 1903 4.5

40 Grigg Sam 1927 4.5

41 Liu Yi 1938 4.5

42 Krstev Antonio 2056 4.5

43 Kempen Leon 2050 4.5

44 Vlietstra Marc 2075 4.5

45 Stevens Tristan 2006 4

46 Searle Zachary 1791 4

47 Spiller Paul 2005 4

48 WFM Milligan Helen 1985 4

49 Bennett Hilton 2028 4

50 Tan Kevin 1956 4

51 Lester George E 1801 3.5

52 Stahnke Alexander 1795 3.5

53 Karibasic Amir 1573 3.5

54 Weller Tony 1987 3.5

55 Marcos Joselito 2200 3.5

56 De Vere Cameron 1468 3.5

57 Encel Benjamin 1838 3.5

58 Lapitan Daniel 1287 3.5

59 Sannidhanam Anurag 1705 3.5

60 FM Jones Rupert 1962 3.5

61 Aguilar Fernando 0 3.5

62 Ford Daniel 1792 3

63 Meydan Arie 1757 3

64 Egan Bill 1795 3

65 Canfell Mike J 1932 3

66 Hernandez Roberto 1830 3

67 Rachmadi Herman 1842 2.5

68 Norris Damian C 2142 2.5

69 Eriksson Caleb 1257 2.5

70 Raicar Gaurav 1560 2

71 Cigelj David 1238 2

72 Pyke Malcolm 2156 2

73 Hughes Harry 1554 1

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