After 7 rounds, IM Goh Wei Ming (2396) (photo right) is leading with 6 points. He win all the games except in round 5 and round 7 when he draw against Timothy Chan (2231) and IM Chan Peng Kong(2287). Top seed GM Wong Meng Kong (2445) was beaten by FM Daniel Howard Fernandez (2102) in the 1st round and FM Graham Chua (2) in the 4th rounds. He now collect only 4.5 points after 7 rounds. GM Dr. Wong Meng Kong (photo left) has been the top Singaporean player for more than a decade, during which time he also managed to finish his medical studies and set up a successful practice in Hongkong. He does not play so often, but is often coaxed out to represent his country in the olympiads and regional championships.
So far black has a pleasant position due to his active and well position of his pieces but white made it more difficult to himself by playing ...
19.Qb4?! This move cause difficulty to white later. 19...e4 Probably GM Meng Kong is hoping for [19...Qxg2 20.Rg1 Qh3 21.Nxe5 Qxh2 22.Nf3 Qh3 23.Rxd6 Where he will have good initiative ] 20.Nh4 Qf6 21.g3 The knight needs square to turn back. If not 21...g5 will trap the "offside" knight! 21...Bh3 22.Rg1 Now white king will have difficult time in the center. 22...g5 23.Ng2 Ng6 Heading for the strong post at e5! 24.Qb1 Qc3+ 25.Kf1
Rxc4! an excellent sacrifice. Black offer to exchange white light square bishop which cover the f3 and d3 square that is threaten to be occupied by black knight with Ne5 and Nd3 or Nf3 ! 26.f4? [26.Bxc4 Qxc4+ 27.Ke1 Ne5! with mate and fork threat at f3; 26.Qa2 is lesser evil. 26...Ra4] 26...exf3 27.Bxf3 Qf6 28.Ke2 Ne5 29.Ne1 Bf5 30.Qa1 Rdc8 31.Rf1 Rc2+ 32.Nxc2 Rxc2+ [Not 32...Bxc2 33.Bxb7 Bxd1+±] 33.Rd2 Bd3+ 34.Kd1 Rxd2+ [34...Nxf3?! succumbs to 35.Qxf6 Rxd2+ 36.Kc1 Rc2+ 37.Kd1 Rd2+ 38.Kc1 Rc2+ 39.Kd1 Rd2+=] 35.Kxd2 Bxf1 [35...Nxf3+?! is a bad alternative 36.Kxd3 Qg6+ 37.Ke2³] 36.Qxf1 Qxf3 37.Qxf3 [37.Qe2 doesn't get the cat off the tree 37...Qe4–+] 37...Nxf3+ 38.Kd3 [38.Ke2 does not help much 38...Nxh2 39.Kf2 f5–+] 38...Nxh2 39.Ke4 Kf8 0–1
IM Goh Wei Ming – IM Chan Peng Kong
Position after black 48 moves.
Black could even play without his knight because his king will safely reside at h8. ½–½