Tuesday, 4 June 2013

More games from Teck Ghee Open - by Junior Tay

I was only able to produce game fragments from the Teck Ghee Open so now here are two examples of rapid play from the event.

First off, ex-youth international, Ong Yew Chiang takes on NM Olimpiu Urcan in Round 3. Yew Chiang had been one of the strongest local players in the 80s. In 1987, he was rated 12th on the SCF rating list at 2195. I recall him winning the 1988 Buona Vista Open with a perfect 9/9 score way ahead of Ian Wong (7.5/9) and your scribe (7/9). However, he was pitted against Olimpiu, who had since the end of last year, decided to play more actively after concentrating on work, blogging and writing  for the past 10 years. Of late, he had been registering strong results, tying for 3th-4th,  in the Vesak Blitz, finishing 2nd in the Hou Yifan Blitz Challenge and tying for 1st (2nd on tiebreak) in the Thomson Open.

I also recognised one name from the past in the Teck Ghee Open lineup. A certain Lee Song scored 4/7, only losing to eventual 3rd place finisher Reyes and current top juniors Lee Qing Aun and Ashvin Sivakumar. Lee was the 1986 National U16 Champion and had tied for 6th-8th in the 1986 Asian U-16 Championships.

Next up, an interesting square and space tussle which ended abruptly when White sends his Queen on a misguided pawn errand.

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