Daniel at the Asian Nations Cup 2012 in Zaozhuang, China (with thanks to WFM Jeslin Tay for the pic)
The 2010 National Champion FM Daniel Chan took part in the 4th edition of the World MindGames qualifiers on the playchess.com server this morning and tied for 1st with GM Richard Rappaport and IM Vladimir Artemiev with 7.5/9 points. Daniel, who is only into his 3rd month in National Service, managed to watch the Arsenal - Chelsea match on cable, catch a few winks before logging onto the playchess.com server for the event at 2am!
Daniel reeled off 4 straight wins despite being half awake before GM Zoltan Medvegy woke him up by beating him in an English Symmetrical.
Daniel then ensured qualification by reeling off another 3 game winning streak, including this quick win over German 2011 Rapid Chess Champion Haegen Poetsch.
Finally, a quick 2 move draw with IM Artemiev in the final round ensured him a tie for 1st (2nd on tiebreak). Aside from a place in the Candidates where 2550 and above GMs await him, Daniel also earned 120 free days on the playchess.com thanks to his 2nd placing. For more information on the qualifiers, please check out the Chessbase webpage announcement here.