6 September 2010, Kuala Lumpur – GM Zhou Weiqi and GM Gupta Abhijeet ended with a draw in round 8 leaving GM Zhou Weiqi ahead with 6.5 points going into the final, 9th round tomorrow morning. Another player from India also managed a similar 6.5 points, after IM Sethuraman won against Wan Yunguo of China with the black pieces on board 3.
Our Malaysian musketeers, IM Mok Tze-Meng lost to FM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam on board 9, IM Jimmy Liew drew on the 16th board against IM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi of India, and, Ronnie Lim drew his 19th board game against GM Das Neelotpal of India.
On the sidelines, Ian Udani of the Philippines overcame GM R R Laxman of India, giving Ian Udani a possible IM norm. Earlier, Ian Udani has beaten two IMs and drew with one IM, and with this GM scalp in this one tournament, makes a possible IM norm in hand for him.
Round 9 pairings is shown below and will start at 9.30 am tomorrow, 7th September 2010, Tuesday. Top board will be GM Zhou against IM Sethuraman, both with 6.5 points each.