Thursday, 25 August 2011

Malaysian Open 2011 - Days 4-5 & 2nd Rest day

"No. They come to be woken up. The dream has become their reality.
 Who are you to say otherwise?"
Elderly man

"Hey, Justin Bieber! This is for you!"
A young Malaysian man as he tries to hand a flyer to IM James Morris in a shopping mall

There is only one more round to be played in the Malaysian Open after three double-round days, two single-round days and two rest days - it feels especially quick for us after the World Juniors went for two weeks.

After Round 8, Chinese GM Li Shilong has kept his lead with an impressive 7/8, followed by compatriot GM Wang Rui on 6.5/8, with three Chinese players and one Vietnamese player a further half point behind - a Chinese 1-2-3 finish is very likely. Final Round 9 pairings are here.

Leading Aussies are James Morris, Gary Lane and Junta on 5 points. James has performed especially well - after starting with a win in Round 1, he has scored +2 -1 =4 against average 2481-rated opposition for a rating performance of 2491!

A milestone game for Fedja came about in Round 7 when he managed to scrape to a draw in Round 7 against Filipino GM Darwin Laylo (2531) - his first ever half point from a GM! 

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For the rest day today, we went sightseeing around the KL city with the Japanese contingent.

Australian players (in front of the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world)
Japanese players
"Why are they all looking at me?"
"Because my subconscious feels that someone else is creating this world."
Shinya making his move on an iguana
Baby, baby, baby oh..

These mice would probably rather be stuck in limbo.

And lastly,

If only we had that much energy...

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