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Alberto Pardino Muniz Wins Hong Kong Chess Open 2012

October 30th, 2012

Round 7 was both the last and the decisive round in this years edition of the Hong Kong Open.

The winner of the match between Alberto Muniz with white and Luen-Wah Luk, both with 5 points and undefeated, would be the winner of the tournament. However, in a evenly balanced end of the middle game with both players just 3 minutes on the clock, Alberto accepted Luen-Wah’s draw offer, hence both players ended with 5.5 points.


Luen-Wah Luk (front left) contemplating his first move against Alberto Muniz while David Garceran Nieuwenburg (left back) and Brian Shin already entered the middle game.


On board 2, Caissa’s David Garceran Nieuwenburg, with 4.5 points played with black against Brian Shin with 4 points. Brian cleverly solved David’s rather wild king side assault but could not convert his better position into a permanent advantage. When the position finally cleared up David was a piece up. Brian did not go for a perpetual check option but his attempt to force the matter resulted in his loss. David now joined the ranks of Alberto and Luen-Wah with 5.5 points.

Sydney L.W. Lai, also with 4.5 points could also have ended with 5.5 points if he would have gotten more out of the game against C.K. Yeung than a draw. But C.K. had already proven to be a tough opponent throughout the tournament and the end game looked indeed like both sides were drawishly locked behind their long pawn chains.


Billy Lo (front left) against Seth Levine and Sydney Lai (back left) against C.K. Yeung


Billy Lo and Seth Levine played for a top 5 spot. Billy’s 2. c3 set-up against Seth’s Sicilian resulted in a very equal game where only at the very end Seth was a little more precise enough to claim the full point.

Michael Yang with white broke into Ian Scott’s weakened queen side to achieve a permanent positional and material advantage enough for a full point. Well done Michael!

Jake C.L. Chan defeated Joe Yiu-Cho Lau and Gregory Lloyd beat Antonia Lee.

Caissa’s Peter Whalley won against Ngai Yeung. Surely we expect after this tournament Peter to have recovered a bit from 20 years of chess hibernating and we look forward to Peter’s coming performances.

Finally, congratulations to Alberto Muniz who among the 3 players with 5.5 points had the best scoring opponents and deservedly won the Hong Kong Chess Open 2012.


Final ranking after 7 rounds in Hong Kong Chess Open 2012

One comment on “Alberto Pardino Muniz Wins Hong Kong Chess Open 2012

  1. Alberto on said:

    Thanks, David, but I think that “deserved” is a too kind word.

    – I played only 5 games out of 7. 1 game I couldn’t make it, the another one my opponent didn’t come. I think it’s not fair but the system gives me some tie-break advantage because the round I didn’t play!

    – Both of us had an opponent who quited after our game. This also makes the already unpredictable Bucholz even more unpredictable.

    So any 3 of us could have won. WIth so many walkover Bucholz is a lottery. That’s why I played for a win in the last round, refusing too equalizing lines in the opening but as Petrosian said, “it’s easier to play for a win from an equal position than from a bad one”

    See you in the Rapid!

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