KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa made full use of his unstoppable passed pawn on the a-file to beat International Master Jahongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan on Saturday and keep his hopes alive of retaining
the title in the DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah International Open Chess Championship 2012 at the Olympic Sports Hotel here.
Barbosa took the win after 60 moves of King's Indian Defense to raise his total to 5.5 points in seven rounds, grab solo second spot and keep leader and top seed GM Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands within his reach.
Tiviakov earlier stopped the juggernaut of unrated Indonesian teenager Jodi Setyaki Azarya in their Sicilian encounter to push his total to 6.0 points.
GM Darwin Laylo was held to a draw by compatriot IM Oliver Dimakiling after 76 moves of Bogo Indian Defense to remain a full point back of the leader with 5.0 points alongside his buddy GM Mark Paragua, who managed to force a draw from a losing position against GM Cao Sang of Vietnam after 94 moves of their Nimzo encounter.
Also with 5.0 points were GMs Raset Ziatdinov of the United States, Nguyen Anh Dung of Vietnam and Deepan Chakkravarthy J. of India, Woman Grandmaster Rout Padmini of India, IMs Rolando Nolte of the Philippines, Nguyen Duc Hoa and Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam and Vishnu Prasanna V. of India and FIDE Master Ronnie Lim of Malaysia.
Ziatdinov halved the point with Nguyen Van Huy; Nguyen Anh Dung agreed to a truce with Chakkravarthy; Padmini scalped Sean Winshand Cuhendi of Indonesia; Nolte drew with Lim; Nguyen Duc Hoa toppled Reggie Olay; and Prasanna stunned GM Wong Meng Kong of Singapore.
Another half point behind with 4.5 points were GM Tahir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan, IM Duong The Anh of Vietnam, FM Julius de Ramos, Rhobel Legaspi, Eden Diano and Franz Barretto.
The tournament organized by Polgar Chess Asia for Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA) is supported by the Malaysian Chess Federation and sponsored by Masterskill Education Group.