Short Defeats Fellow GM to Win Negros Open Chess
With four decades of experience on his side, English Grandmaster Nigel Short defeated Indian GM Srinath Narayanan in the final round to win the 2017 Negros International Open Chess Championship at Ikthus Osbron Hall in Bacolod City.
GM Short posted a total of 8.0 points in 9 rounds, while GM Narayanan gathered 6.0 pts to finish 4th.
Short started strong in the tournament with back-to-back wins in the first 2 rounds before he drew IM Minh Thang Tran of Vietnam in Round 3 – which forced the champion to slide at No. 6 spot. The English GM recovered in the next round with a win over IM Kim Steven Yap as he moved back to No. 4 but, a draw against then tournament leader Filipino GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. in Round 5 brought back the champion in the 5th spot.
In the 6th round, Short defeated Edsel Montoya to tie with Antonio at 5.0 points apiece while swept Danmaersk Mangao and NM Merben Roque in the next rounds to complete the run.
Finishing behind Short is Armenian GM Karen Grigoryan and Vietnam GM Duc Hoa Nguyen with 7.0 points each followed by GM Narayanan of India, GM Antonio of the Philippines, IM Tran of Vietnam, Filipino IMs Yap and Oliver Dimakiling, Montoya, IM Ronald Dableo, Jayson Salubre, GM Tuan Minh Tran of Vietnam, Ted Ian Montoyo, Filipino GM Darwin Laylo and Xavier John Verdun with 5.5 points apiece.
“The international chess community including our top foreign players noted that Negros is indeed is a breeding ground for top-level players. Next year we will raise the bar of this competition,” said tournament sponsor Antonio Ivan Aguirre.
“This is our collective efforts in showing to the world that we can make things happen,” Aguirre added.
This tournament is bankrolled by Piaya Network Broadcasting Corporation, A&V Negros Chess Club Inc., and Mr Hugo Villanueva.* (JGToga)