14 April 2013

Boys in Pattaya

The boys arrived at Pattaya last night, located a hotel and safely checked in. The boys’ hotel is less than 200 metres away from the Dusit Thani Hotel, the venue for the Bangkok Open starting today.
The registration process should be completed this morning with the payment of the entrance fee of 3,000 baht each.

First round starts this afternoon at 4.30 pm (MST). Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one” (i.e. a 5-hour game).

Yit Ho: This would be Yit Ho’s first classical event since the National Closed in May last year. He was in chess hiatus for several months prior to his STPM exams. Immediately thereafter he was off on a 3-month stint working at Genting Highlands, from which he just returned. Yit Ho finished a creditable 6th place at the Kedah Rapid event in Sungei Petani last week. This was a pleasant surprise since I certainly did not think he could finish so high considering the strength of the field, and his obvious rustiness.

So I do not have any expectations of Yit Ho at Pattaya, although rating points gain would be welcome, and one or two wins or draws against IMs or GMs would be a bonus.

Yit San has been doing well in the local circuit lately. This run started with winning the National Junior (U20) Championship against strong on-form competitors in December 2012 and was continuing when he won the Kedah Rapid event last week. The most pleasing observation at Sungei Petani was that Yit San remained in control throughout. He did not have to suffer any clearly worse position in his 9 games although he was on first board from round 4 onwards.

Bangkok Open is obviously a different league altogether with Yit San a lowly no. 146 on the latest starting rank list. There is no real basis for any performance expectations. The primary objectives of participation are to assess where he stands in relation to players in the 2250-2380 class, and separately where he stands compared to 2150-2250 rated players, at classical time controls.

Any significant rating points gain would just be an indication that he is improving and that he is stronger than his current rating suggests.

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