Dimakiling stays in contention

FILIPINO International Master Oliver Dimakiling drew with Chinese GM Li Shilong on Monday, August 22, to create a three-way tie for second place after the sixth round of the 8th Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess 2011 at the 5th Floor, Cititel Midvalley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dimakiling pushed his total to 5.0 points on four wins and two draws, the same output of GM Wang Rui and IM Lu Shanglei of China.

Li, who grabbed the solo leadership after beating IM Oliver Barbosa, remained on top with 5.5 points.

Wang, on the other hand inflicted the second straight loss of Barbosa while Lu defeated IM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam.

Another Filipino entry and Italy-based GM Roland Salvador split the point with Wan Yunguo of China  to up his output to 4.5 points and climb into a share of 5th to 11th places in the company of Wan, GM Wen Yang, IMs Gao Rui and Yu Lie, GM Dao Thien Hai and GM Cao Sang of Vietnam.

Paris-based GM Joseph Sanchez humbled WIM Nguyen Thi Mah Hung of Vietnam to improve to 4.0 points while IMs Richard Bitoon and Rolando Nolte halved the point against their respective rivals also to notch their fourth point.

Bitoon drew with IM Sharma Dinesk K of India while Nolte split the point with Wang Joe of China.

In other results involving Filipinos, GM Darwin Laylo succumbed to IM James Morris of Australia, Cris Ian Udani beat Michel Adeimi of Libya, NM Edgar Reggie Olay drew with WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham of Malaysia, Nelson “Elo” Mariano III crushed Cheah Cheok Fung of Malaysia and IM Richilieu Salcedo whipped Qui Mengjie of China. Liberty Icao


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