Bitoon, Yap struggle in Indonesia Open-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
CEBUANO chess masters GM Richard Bitoon and IM Kim Steven Yap are struggling in the ongoing 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championships held at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta.
After Round 6, both Bitoon and Yap have 3.0 points.
Following their wins in Round 1, Bitoon and Yap suddenly struggled in their next games and saw their current rating performance plummeting below their recent Elo ratings.
In the next five rounds, Bitoon won one, dropped two and drew two games while Yap went 2-3.
In Round 2, Bitoon (2407) lost to seventh seed GM Ivan Ivanisevic (2632) of Serbia, defeated compatriot Emmanuel Emperado (2297), lost to sixth seed GM Ivan Sokolov (2636) of The Netherlands, and drews WIM Warda Aulia Medina (2319) of Indonesia and Eu Wen Aron The (2254) of Malaysia.
Bitoon was to play compatriot FM Paulo Bersamina (2310) in Round 7 at press time.
Yap meanwhile, lost three straight matches to fifth seed GM Surya Shek Ganguly (2639), FM Bersamina and FM Sumiya Bilguun (2284) before regaining his winning form by beating Hardayia Sucipto (2219) and GM H. Ardiansya both of Indonesia in Rounds 5 and 6.
Yap was scheduled to play another Indonesia player IM Tirto (2328) in Round 7 last night.
Russian GM Aleksey Dreev (2679) leads the tournament with 5.5 points and is followed by Ivanisevic (5.0).
The other Filipino players-- GM John Paul Gomez, IM Rolando Nolte and Oliver Barbosa--were among the 27 other players who have 4.0 points.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2013.