Filipinos Conquer Zone 3.3 Chess Championship

Darwin Laylo and Wesley So qualify for the World Cup

Zone 3.3 Chess Championship was played on 23-29th July in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This was a chance for players who didn’t qualify for the World Cup from the recently played Asian Chess Championship. Eight federations were represented: Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

GM Darwin Laylo of Philippines dominated the tournament, having conceded only two draws in nine rounds, to take a clear first place with 8.0 points and rating performance of 2795. His compatriot GM Wesley So held the main opponent GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son from Vietnam to a draw with black pieces to finish on the second place with 6.5 points. Laylo and So are qualified for the World Cup.

WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag from Mongolia won the Women event as expected. 2008 World Women Chess Championship participant was, with 2412 elo, rated much higher than the rest of the field. Munguntuul collected 7.5 points.

Wesley So square

Wesley So

Final standings (men, 54 players):

1. GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2494 – 8.0

2. GM So Wesley PHI 2646 – 6.5

3-7. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2592, GM Paragua Mark PHI 2487, GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2534, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2391 and GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2552 – 6.0

8-15. GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2613, IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444, IM Duong The Anh VIE 2440, CM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2414, CM Tran Thanh Tu VIE 2258, FM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2331, Le Quang Long VIE 2279 and FM Kojima Shinya JPN 2323 – 5.5 etc

Final standings (women, 31 players):

1. WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2412 – 7.5

2. WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2219 – 7.0

3. WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 2105 – 6.5

4-5. WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2311 and WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2330 – 6.0

6-11. WIM Nguyen Quynh Anh VIE 2102, Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 2051, WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 2310, WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2314, WFM Luong Nhat Linh VIE 1952 and WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 2274 – 5.5 etc