09 September 2012

Zhuo Ren Scores IM Norm

Lim Zhuo Ren secured a 13-game IM norm with a win over Thailand's Uaychai in the final round of the 2012 Istanbul Olympiad. Zhuo Ren's last round win resulted in a 9-round performance rating of 2508, well above the 2450 requirement for the IM Norm. He finished with 6 straight wins, which must be another record of sorts by a Malaysian at the Olympiads. Notwithstanding the 6-win streak, the most notable result must still be his draw against 2630-rated Dutch GM Daniel Stellwagen in the first round.

Congratulations to Zhuo Ren.

08 September 2012

Zhuo-ren's IM Opportunity

My comment in Wei Ming's and Jimmy's blogs re Zhuo-ren's IM norm opportunity:

"Zhuo-ren only needs to beat any 1800+ rated opponent to secure a 13-game IM performance norm. No need for an IM oppponent. An IM opponent is required only for a 20-game IM (Title result) Norm. A norm is still a norm.

I was thus surprised when I saw Malaysia's line-up against Japan. With his hot streak, Zhuo-ren obviously should have played as he had every chance to beat the 2211-rated Averbukh or the 2137-rated Japan 5th board. Someone made a boo-boo here.

Hopefully Zhuo-ren gets another chance with an even more suitable opponent in the final round. My best wishes to Zhuo-ren to get his norm."

With the team pairings now known, Zhuo-ren has to hope Thailand fields the 2273-rated Uaychai on 4th board in the final round, to have a shot at the IM performance norm. However a win is still needed. My hopes are with Zhuo-ren.