22 April 2013

Pattaya Analysis - Part 2

Part 2 of my Pattaya Analysis covers Yit San's performance. Yit San had been doing well in the local Malaysian circuit at rapid time controls. However, it is clear that the standard of play at classical time controls in Pattaya is just so much higher. In fact, I would argue they require two significantly different skills sets as regards players below 2300 playing strength.

Fong Yit San (2024)

Opponent



Rd.

Name
RtgI
FED
Pts.
Age
Res.
rtg+/-
1
IM
Illingworth Max
2423
AUS
6
21
0
-1.2
2

Atthaworadej Woradej
1720
THA
3

1
2.1
3
FM
Zhao Zhouqiao Chn
2219
CHN
6
19
0.5
3.75
4
FM
Reilly Tim
2243
AUS
4.5
46
0
-3.3
5

Tan Jun Ying
1740
MAS
2.5

1
2.4
6

Imocha Laishram
2204
IND
4.5
43
0
-3.9
7

Sugeng Mulijanto
0
INA
3.5

1

8

Portugalera Ric
2204
PHI
4.5
42
0
-3.9
9

T Ratchaphon
1877
THA
3.5

1
4.5







4.5
0.45

Round 1 was a loss to the 21-year old Australian rising star, IM Max Illingworth, a game that went on for more than 5 hours, and was the last Round 1 game to finish. Yit San was ground down and felt he should have done better to hold on for a draw. Still, a loss is a loss. So Yit San does not appear to be at the level to hold a draw when the IM is intent on winning.

Round 2, 5, 7 & 9 saw wins against 3 much lower-rated and one unrated opponents. No disasters but also no meaningful conclusions to be drawn.


Yit San v T Ratchaphon - Round 9
Photo from thefidetrainer.com
Round 3 was a creditable draw with 2219-rated Zhao Zhouqiao, the current Asian Under-18 Champion, who is of the same age as Yit San. The game lasted 6 hours and for the second consecutive night, Yit San’s game was the last to finish, but with a happy ending this time around. The way the rating system works is such that improving players would be under-rated. Thus Zhao is probably playing at 2300+ as his TPR suggests, making it a good draw by Yit San in a fighting game.

Rounds 4, 5 & 8 saw losses against veteran players with presumably stable 2200-2250 ratings. One usually needs to work to beat these masters who doesn’t often give you easy wins and I see them as gatekeepers to the 2200 club. To consistently draw or beat such players arguably means that you pass the 2200 test. However to lose all 3 games means some work still needs to be done. Whether it is just a tweak or a complete overhaul that is required has to be identified and the necessary work carried out.

Conclusions
Yit San did not get to meet opponents in the 2250-2380 range as he could not even get past the 2150-2250 opponents. His losses to the three 2200+ veterans means Yit San still have not discovered the secrets of chess mastership, which is the immediate developmental objective (i.e. 2200 playing strength).

The positives are the tough fights put up in Round 1 & 3 against Illingworth and Zhao. This could have led to fatigue and be the cause of the later round losses. If so, the step to 2200 could be in making improvements as regards the competitive elements (time management, event-long stamina, more and regular experience of tough competition at classical time control) rather than the technical aspects.

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