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2017 Zone 3.3 Championships starts, Li Tian wins his first game

25th Feb 2017 Tournament

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Zone 3.3 Championships first round started at 2:00 PM local time today. The tournament held in Tagaytay City, Philippines from 24th February to 6th March 2017. In the first round, Malaysian number one, FM Yeoh Li Tian won comfortably against Miciano John Marvin of the Philippines.

FM Yeoh Li Tian and IA KK Chan had a light moment before the start of first round - Photos by KK

36 players from five countries took part in 2017 Zone 3.3 Championships (Open) including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the host country. The event is also qualification tournaments for the World Championships for players of Zone 3.3. The top two in the Open Zonal shall qualify for the World Cup 2017 and the winner of the Women’s Zonal shall qualify for the Women’s World Championship.

Li Tian competes in the Open event where 9 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters are also competing in the Championships. Li Tian will strive to get his first GM norm in this event. He completed his final IM norm in December last year after winning the 2016 Australasian Masters IM Norm Tournament in Australia.

Updated 26th Feb. - Li Tian won his second game today by defeating Pacis Adrian of Philippines. After two rounds, Li Tian is the only player who wins the two games and is now leading. He will play against GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (1.5/2) of Vietnam tomorrow at 2:00 PM. Li Tian will be playing with White.

Updated 27th Feb. - In round three, the game between Li Tian and GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son ended in a draw. Li Tian joined Liu Xiangyi of Singapore and GM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy of Vietnam at the top after the three players scored 2.5/3. The Malaysian will play with Black against Liu Xiangyi tomorrow on the first board.

Updated 28th Feb. - Yeoh Li Tian created history ... read more