On board 2, I was the white side of a staid Italian game against GM Anuar Ismagambetov. Black played the popular 5...0-0, 6...d5 line and equalised quite easily after I showed no opening knowledge whatsoever. In fact, I had to start defending after Black's pieces got a bit too active and I managed to find counterplay in time.
On board 3, Daniel was slowly suffocated by IM Rustam Khustnutdinov but he certainly had his chances:
Meanwhile, Peng Kong went down on board 4 on the white side of a Qc2 Nimzo-Indian against IM Kiril Kuderinov. Peng Kong played in his usual solid style and a sleepy position where nothing much seemed to be going on appeared in the game. However, Kuderinov has gained a huge time advantage after blitzing out his opening moves and this rattled Peng Kong to a certain extent:
Kazakhstan 3 Singapore 1
After round 4, the Singapore team is ranked 7 which means a top 6 finish is still very much possible.
The next day was a rest day and the blitz event was held in the evening. We had a lot of fun during the blitz and the men's team eventually finished 6th. For more info, see here. I managed to beat my good friend and 2600+ GM Zhou Weiqi in round 2 but with apologies to my Indonesian friends, I simply cannot resist showing my biggest cheapo ever in blitz:
In round 5, we were paired against a youthful Mongolian team which is one of our competitors to secure that coveted 6th position. More to follow.....