11 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur – The latest report on Asian Continental Championships 2012 round 6 happenings from Casto Abundo in Vietnam.
Indian prodigy GM Negi Parimarjan (left) stopped erstwhile solo leader GM Yu Yangyi of China (right) to grab the lead alone with 5 points after 6 rounds of the Asian Continental Championship. Negi used the Sicilian Defense and survived a sacrificial attack by Yu. The Indian teenager emerged a piece up after the skirmish and forced an exchange of Queens and resignation on the 51st move.
Yu had a fierce attack against Negi's King in the center which collapsed with Negi a piece up. At left is the position after 33.Qe5-f6 when Negi turned the tables around with 33... Rg8! and mating threats appeared on White's back rank. Negi won the Knight and forced an exchange of Queens and Rooks to transpose to a winning endgame. Negi describes the play in the video report.
Eight men trail a half point behind. With 4.5 points each are Yu, Filipinos John Paul Gomez, Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua, Chinese IM Liu Qingnan and GMs Ding Liren and Lu Shanglei, and GM Salem A. R. Saleh of the United Arab Emirates.
Widening her lead in the Women's division, Irene Sukandar of Indonesia (right) used the Sicilian Defense to beat IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia (left) in 71 moves. Sukandar leads alone with 5.5 points.
The Indonesian saddled her opponent with doubled pawns in the middle game and transposed to a Rook and pawn endgame with the advantage of an outside passed h-pawn.
The game ended in a well known technical win at left after 66... Rh1-b1. There followed 67.Kc6 Kf7 68.b6 Ke7 69.Kc7 Rc1+ 70.Kb8 Kd7 71.b7 Rb1 0:1
Four women trail a full point behind. With 4.5 points each are WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An of Vietnam, GM Zhao Xue and WGM Ding Yixin, both of China, and WGM Mary Ann Gomes of India.
The two crucial games between Gupta-Paragua in foreground and Megaranto-Barbosa in the next board.
Top seed GM Zhao Xue of China (right) vs. WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram of Vietnam.
Here is the round 6 game between Yu Yangyi and Negi Parimarjan of India during the Asian Open Chess Championship 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam.
Visit chess-results.com for round by round results and final standings
Watch the video onyoutube with interviews of players.
Visit the Asian Chess Federation site for the photo album No 2.