MANILA, Philippines – Filipino International Master (IM) Kim Steven Yap scored back-to-back wins in the ongoing Brunei Campomanes Memorial Grand Master Open Chess Championships 2012 in Brunei.
His latest win came at the expense of Zulkipli Zaidan of Malaysia on Monday. The Cebuana native earlier defeat Ding The How Dilwen of Malaysia last Sunday.
“This is an important tournament for me, because it will be my stepping stone to obtain a grand master (GM) norm if ever I perform well,” Yap said.
Yap improved his output for a total of two points, the same output of countryman IM Oliver Dimakiling, as well as GM Tahir Vakhidov, GM Marat Dzhumaev and IM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan, GM Jha Sriram and IM Dinesh K Sharma of India, and GM Nguyen Anh Dung of Vietnam.
The tournament is held to honor and commemorate the late FIDE honorary president Florencio “Pocamps” Campomanes of the Philippines. At stake is the $10,000 total pot prize.
In other results, IM Dimakiling bested Yeoh Li Tian of Malaysia, GM Vakhidov routed Fide Master (FM) Pitra Andika of Inodnesia, GM Dzhumaev edged FM Mari Joseph Turqueza of the Philippines, IM Vakhidov downed Fong Yit Ho of Malaysia, IM Sharma upset GM Oliver Barbosa of the Philippine, and GM Ang Dung nipped FM Yee Soon Wei of Brunei.
Meanwhile, Filipino GM Richard Bitoon bounced back in contention after crushing Yussof Pg Abd Rahman of Brunei. Bitoon had lost to Fong Yit Ho in the opening round.
The trip to Brunei is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines under the leadership of its chairman and president Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr., the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee. By Marlon Bernardino