Saturday, 5 April 2014

Early Surprises in Round Two

After two rounds of the KL Open and we already have a surprise. While the top seeds Sergei Tiviakov and Suat Atalik lead GMs M.R. Venkatesh, Nguyen Anh Dung, Deepan Chakrravathy, Dzhumaev Marat and Vladimir Lazarev, IMs Kirril Kuderinov, Nguyen Van Huy, Nguyen Huynh Minh, Rammanth Bhuvanesh and Rolando Nolte, WGM Bhakti Kulkarni and FM Aravindh Chithambaram on 2/2, they are joined by unknown and untitled Yoseph Majella.

Yoseph Majella

Majella came as the Assistant Manager of the Indonesian Team and decided to play so that the tournament would not have a bye but with a highly impressive victory over one of the pre-tournament favourites in IM Nguyen Duc Hoa, he has now shown he is not just here to make up the numbers! And that the Indonesian players would now have to get their own drinks!

IM Arghyadip Das and WGM Bhakti Kulkarni

WGM Bhakti Kulkarni also showed her class with a convincing win over IM Arghyadip Das who, recently having married, is probably now quickly over his honeymoon period.

Other notable results - minor upsets - included WGM Medina Warda Aulia holding GM John Paul Gomez, WGM Anda Safranska making an easy half point against GM Niaz Murshed, GM Neelotpal Das frustrated by 13 year old Tejaswini Sagar and perhaps even the draw between GM R R Laxman and veteran local IM Jimmy Liew.