Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Top Seeds Struggle at Thai Open
In round 2 the fourth fifth and sixth seeds all failed to win. Defending 2010 Thai Open Champion Sune Berg Hansen from Denmark was held to a draw by unfancied Singapore teenager Jarred Neubronner, while Indian GMs Abhijit Kunte and Tejas Bakre were also held to draws.
In the third round, third seed Jan Gustafsson of Germany struggled to draw with Indian International Master Atanu Lahiri while his countryman, Gerhand Schebler was also held, by Australia's Max Illingworth.
Tournament favourites Paco Vallejo and Nigel Short both achieved maximum 3/3 scores with fine attacking wins in the third round. They are joined in the lead by two Woman Grandmasters, Swathi Ghane of India and Alina l'Ami of Romania, who scored a upset wins over IMs Yang Kaiqi and Roy Saptarshi respectively, as well as Burmese Grandmaster Zaw Win Lay.
The Thai Open, with a first prize of 100,000 Baht, is being played at the luxurious Dusit Thani Resort and continues until Sunday, with admission for spectators gratis. Games may be followed live via http://bangkokchess.com/ with results at chess-results.com
Thai Open Press Office