24 January 2012, Kuala Lumpur – Discovered that Lim Kian Hwa of Malaysia had recently participated in the New Zealand’s Queenstown Chess Classic held from 15-23 January.
Chess.com reported that the 2012 Queenstown Chess Classic runs from 15-23 January in New Zealand.
The competition is a nine-round international open incorporating the 119th New Zealand Chess Championships, with a guaranteed prize fund of NZD 30,000 (approx USD 24,000).
The tournament is the inspiration of New Zealand chess Grandmaster Murray Chandler (pictured), and is the third edition following two successful previous events in 2006 and 2009.
The tournament was won by Australian GM Johansen Darryl K with 7.5 points. Johansen won by winning the crucial last ninth round game against GM Gawain Jones of England. GM Li Chao of China who had been leading up to round 8 fell to second place after drawing the last ninth round game against Tao Trevor. Li Chao also scored 7.5 points but lost out on tie-break points.
Lim Kian Hwa (pix left) of Malaysia ended in 111th position with 3.5 points after winning the last round game against Beckman John. He was the sole representative from Malaysia. Another notable was WGM Sukandar Irene Kharisma of Indonesia. She finished in 13th spot with 6.5 points, enough for one IM norm. Congrats to her.
Lim’s play (shown below) involved two FMs and one WIM comprising of 3 wins and a draw from nine rounds of play. He played against 6 Australians and 3 New Zealanders.
Here is the round 8 game between GM Li Chao of China and GM Eduardas Rozentalis of Lithuania during the Queenstown Chess Classic 2012, Queenstown, New Zealand.
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