Barbosa tops international chess tilt

INTERNATIONAL Master Oliver Barbosa ruled the Florencio Campomanes Memorial Yangon International Open Chess 2011 at the Central Hotel Bogyoke Aung San Road in Yangon, Myanmar on Monday, July 11.

Barbosa, one of the country’s most talented players seeking the elusive GM title this year, finished with 7.5 points to capture the title and the top prize of $3,000 in the tough nine-round competition organized by Myanmar Chess Federation and Myanmar Sports and Physical Education Department.

Li Hanbing of China finished solo second with 7.0 points to go home with the $1,600 runner-up purse.

Seven players – IM Richard Bitoon and FM Mari Joseph Turqueza of the Philippines, IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam, IM Atanu Lahiri and IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma of India, IM Myo Naing and Moun Moun Latt of Myanmar – shared third to ninth places with 6.5 points.

IM Wynn Zaw Htun, Myint Han and Zayar of Myanmar finished in a tie for 10th to 12th places with 6.0 points.

The event held in honor of honorary FIDE president Florencio Campomanes offered a total prize of $10,000. Liberty Icao

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