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GM Wesley So and GM Zhang Zhong top rated at the Zonal 3,3

22-30 July, Vietnam

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GM Wesley So and GM Zhang Zhong are the top rated players at the staring Zone 3.3 chess championship in Vietnam. They are the only players over 2600 ELO, however, their task will not be an easy one. Their closes rivals will be youth and experience – GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, the young talent from Vietnam, and GM Eugenio Torre, the first Asia grandmaster.

Six more GMs participate in the Zonal 3.3, among them Dao Thien Hai, Susanto Megaranto, Bui Vinh, Darwin Laylo, Mark Paragua, and Nguyen Anh Dung.

Surprises in such events always come from the norm seeking players. This time 7 IMs and 12 FMs will be seeking higher titles and will surely try to stun the favorites from round 1.

The stakes at this year’s Zonal 3.3 are high. It is a qualification for the Chess World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, as the first two players qualify for the event and get a chance to compete for a place in the World Championship finals 2010 – 2011.

A total of nine rounds will be played, the time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. In case of a tie in the standings two rapid tiebreak games will be played with time control 25 minutes plus 10 seconds. In case of another tie two blitz games will follow with 5 minutes plus 10 seconds. Incase of yet another tie, an armageddon game will be played.

1 GM So Wesley PHI 2646

2 GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2613

3 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2592

4 GM Torre Eugenio PHI 2560

5 GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2552

6 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2534

7 GM Bui Vinh VIE 2517

8 IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2500

9 IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2495

10 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2494

11 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2487

12 GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2474

13 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2458

14 IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444

15 IM Duong The Anh VIE 2440

16 CM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2414

17 IM Tu Hoang Thai VIE 2405

18 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2391

19 FM Batchuluun Tsegmed MGL 2384

20 FM Pham Chuong VIE 2364

21 FM Chan Yi-Ren Daniel SIN 2358

22 FM Chan Wei-Xuan Timothy SIN 2344

23 Vo Thanh Ninh VIE 2340

24 FM Watanabe Akira JPN 2339

25 FM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2331

26 FM Kojima Shinya JPN 2323

27 CM Nguyen Hoang Nam VIE 2320

28 FM Ly Hong Nguyen VIE 2302

29 Le Quang Long VIE 2279

30 CM Tran Thanh Tu VIE 2258

31 Srivachirawat Kannapon THA 2256

32 CM Nguyen Van Hai VIE 2249

33 Baba Masahiro JPN 2229

34 FM Ton That Nhu Tung VIE 2227

35 FM Chua Zheng Yuan Terry SIN 2226

36 Tran Quoc Dung VIE 2196

37 Tran Ngoc Lan VIE 2176

38 CM Nguyen Van Thanh VIE 2173

39 Bao Khoa VIE 2161

40 Nguyen Manh Truong VIE 2160

41 FM Lo Kin Mun Dominic SIN 2154

42 Dang The Nam VIE 2124

43 Dong Bao Nghia VIE 2109

44 Nguyen Huu Hoang Anh VIE 2086

45 Dang Duy Linh VIE 2084

46 Nguyen Hung Cuong VIE 2035

47 Nguyen Sy Hung VIE 2013

48 Wiwatanadate Poompong THA 1979

49 FM Vuong Trung Hieu VIE 1964

50 Le Minh Hoang VIE 1941

51 CM Le Huu Thai VIE 1873

52 Nguyen Van Toan Thanh VIE 1813

53 Do Hoang Lam VIE

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