First up, Tin Ruiqi, a Primary 4 student from Nanyang Primary School,has making life difficult for adult players on the chessboard in recent events. Tenacious and composed on the board even against seasoned adults, the ASEAN Youth U11 Silver Medallist and ASEAN Age Group U10 Champion has since made her first major scalp in the SCF HPE league last week.
Tin Ruiqi at the Cairnhill Open last Sunday (Picture courtesy of ogusg.com)
Next, I would like to feature Eugene Wee who pulled off an upset last round win over top seed IM Steven Kim Yap at the Cairnhill Open to finish in a tie for 4th place despite being seeded 15th. The only reason your scribe was able to edge him out in Round 6 was because the youngster tried too hard to win, having eschewed many drawish continuations in his attempt to bring home the point.
At the Toa Payoh West Open, Eugene not only drew against CM Jarred Neubronner from a position of strength, he also comprehensively took out former National Champion NM Koh Kum Hong in Round 3 to share the lead.
Eugene Wee tussling with Tan Weiliang at the Toa Payoh West Open 2012 (Picture courtesy of ogusg.com)