Sergei Tiviakov wins DYTM Raja Nazrin Shah International Open Championship 2012

Despite not showing his best form, top seeded and big favourite Sergei Tiviakov, the ex-Soviet Grandmaster who has now long represented the Nederlands, emerged the winner with 7/9 after edging defending champion Oliver Barbosa on tiebreak.

Filipino Barbosa would have rued both his fourth round loss to Vietnam's Cao Sang and then failure to take advantage of a better position against Tiviakov in the second last round.

But it was all in all a professional and convincing performance from a deserving winner!

Taking the best woman prize was young Indian WGM Padmini Rout who at 18 has already been a World Champion in various age group categories while Ng Tze Han put in a steady performance to be the best local finisher after FM Dr. Ronnie Lim lost his last two games.

Many local young players took the event as a warm up for the coming World Youth Championship to be held from 7-19 November 2012 in Maribor, Slovenia and while all had encouraging if not also commendable results, there was particularly impressive talent on display from the under 10s while amongst the slightly older kids, Indonesian Jodi Setyaki Azayra (whose mother is WIM Lisa Lumongdong) confirmed that he is indeed a big talent.

Once again there was international mention by my friends at Chessdom (see and for the first time ever by local daily Sinar Harian (


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