|1||GM||Dzhumaev Marat||2494||4½||4½||GM||Vakhidov Tahir||2481|
|2||FM||Pitra Andika||2305||4½||4½||IM||Yap Kim Steven||2405|
|3||GM||Nguyen Anh Dung||2439||4||4||GM||Barbosa Oliver||2585|
|4||GM||Sriram Jha||2406||4||4||GM||Dao Thien Hai||2515|
|5||IM||Vakhidov Jakhongir||2396||4||4||GM||Bitoon Richard||2455|
|6||IM||Sharma Dinesh K||2350||4||4||IM||Dimakiling Oliver||2447|
|7||IM||Mas Hafizulhelmi||2377||3½||4||FM||Turqueza Mari Joseph||2273|
|8||FM||Yee Soon Wei||2200||3||3½||Yeoh Li Tian||2204|
|9||Abidin Zukkernain||2126||3||3||Yap Choow Tun||2028|
|10||Fong Yit San||2002||3||3||Pg L Wijaya Pg Hj Mohd Limbang||2126|
|11||Hj. Azahari Md Nur Arrifin||1986||3||3||Hj. Azahari Md Aliuddin||2097|
|12||Zulkipli Zaidan||2066||3||3||Kamis Kamarunsalehin||1821|
|13||Hj. Azahari Siti Nur Fatimah||2059||3||3||Fong Yit Ho||2001|
|14||Lee William Kah Howe||1777||3||2½||Hj. Mahrup Hj. Kipli||-|
|15||Karunanayake Mayuri||1675||2½||2½||Zain Izzuddin||-|
|16||See Jun Wei||-||2||2||Ding Tze How Dilwen||1739|
|17||Suni Syairazi||-||2||2||Morani Md Nazif||-|
|18||Timbang Japar||-||1½||1½||Muhd Kasim Abdul Matin||2036|
|19||Yussof Pg Abd Rahman||-||1½||1½||Koh Pokk Huan||-|
|20||Adenan Metussin||-||0||1½||Lee Benjamin Kah Teng||-|
After 6 rounds of play, the Caissa distillation process has done its job, the kerosene has been separated from the diesel, and diesel from the bitumen, or ..... is 'separating the wheat from the chaff' a better analogy. Okay I've confused myself.
Just look at the pairings yourself. After the occasional upsets here and there, class is still class, you cannot deny it. The title holders have floated to the top of the pairings table, the untitled rated players settling in the middle. And the unrated players, ..... now we have a better idea why they are unrated.
The players at the top 7 boards will be taking a peek at the prize list (Main Prizes:1st-USD1500 to 12th-USD200). Strategic draws with a wink (or two) and understanding nods?
GM norms? Nahhh...none of the IMs have demonstrated GM-norm performances, so we are not likely to see any GM norms from this event. (It looks like the field is not deep enough at the top end to support GM norm chances). As for IM norms, the 2 FMs on 4 points or more, probably have to win all their remaining games to have a shot.
The Brunei players have the local prizes to target.
Li Tian, Zaidan, Yit San and Yit Ho still have chances for a top-12 finish, but realistically, outsiders at best. That will entail winning their winnable Round 7 games, hope for a kind draw (as in a 'generous opponent') for Round 8 and a big upset win against a titled opponent in the final round. Well... you never know if you don't try.
However, more to the point is that these 4 Malaysian players will be looking to play for rating points in the final 3 rounds.
Li Tian probably already has the U16 1st Prize (USD150) in the bag, while William and Dilwen are still in the mix for the 2nd (USD100) and 3rd (USD50) U16 Prizes.
Good luck, boys.