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11-year-old Indian prodigy leads at First Friday inaugural event

by Sagar Shah - 08/10/2017

It was a brave decision by FM Peter Long to hold the First Friday norm tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ten players from five different countries are fighting it out in first edition of the "First Friday" tournament that is taking place from the 7th to the 11th of October 2017. These tournaments can be a huge boon for the Indian talents that are looking out for the opportunities to make their IM norms. And after two rounds on the first day we already have the 11-year-old Gukesh who is leading the tournament with 2.0/2. A detailed day one report.

FM Peter Long aims to transform the chess culture in Malaysia and the whole of Asia. With this ambitious intention in his mind he has set out to organize monthly norm tournaments in Kuala Lumpur that begin on the first friday of every month. The first edition of the First Friday tournament kicked off on 7th of October with five Indians, two Malaysians, one Indonesian, one player from Myanmar and one from Singapore. Any player who would like to achieve an IM norm must score 6.5/9.

The rating average of the tournament is 2284, which makes 6.5/9 an IM norm performance

Starting rank list of players

7IMLioe Dede7100566INA2356
9IMNay Oo Kyaw Tun13000110MYA2344
5CMGukesh D46616543IND2323
2IMMas Hafizulhelmi5700507MAS2318
3FMSivakumar Ashvin5804655SGP2309
8IMMishra Neeraj-Kumar5000106IND2301
6Kumar Gaurav5085578IND2274
10Sekar B5043743IND2260
1Lokesh N.5025044IND2181
4FMSubramaniam Sumant5702720MAS2172

If Peter Long invites you, you are sure to be treated to some sumptuous food! One day before the start of the event!

Highly experienced IM Neeraj Kumar Mishra, and one of India's biggest talent D. Gukesh enjoying a hot soup!

Nine players were confirmed one day before the tournament. Peter Long himself was going to play at the event in order to ensure that the show goes on. With all the work pressure he had on his shoulders, being the organizer of the event, and also the Secretary of Malaysian Chess Federation, this was not going to be easy. However, he was saved from playing when local lad Sumant Subramaniam decided to play. Sumant didn't arrive for the first round against N.K. Mishra so the round will be played later on.

The ten participants of the first "First Friday" tournament

The sole leader after two rounds is 11-year-old D. Gukesh with 2.0/2

In the first round Gukesh managed to outwit the top seed of the tournament Lioe Dede in a complex English Opening.

In the second round Gukesh was up against N. Lokesh and was completely lost. In fact Lokesh could have chosen a variety of ways to end the game, but instead made the worst possible moves to simply give up a piece and all his advantage. A lucky win for the Indian youngster.

N.K. Mishra (right), who is playing after a long time, lost to IM Lioe Dede in round two

In the all Malaysian battle Mas Hafizulhelmi lost to FM Sumant Subramaniam

How did Sumant (white) put his opponent in grave trouble?

The playing hall at the Institute of Chess Excellence in Kuala Lumpur

Standings after two rounds

k.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
15CMGukesh DIND23232,00,021,50
26Kumar GauravIND22741,50,511,75
310Sekar BIND22601,50,510,75
47IMLioe DedeINA23561,00,010,00
9IMNay Oo Kyaw TunMYA23441,00,010,00
64FMSubramaniam SumantMAS21721,00,010,50
71Lokesh N.IND21810,50,500,25
2IMMas HafizulhelmiMAS23180,50,500,25
93FMSivakumar AshvinSGP23090,00,000,00
8IMMishra Neeraj-KumarIND23010,00,000,00

Note: Sumant Subramaniam and Neeraj Kumar Mishra have played just one game each.

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