by: joeyj : 12 July 2012
GM Oliver Barbosa @ 2012 Vietnam National Blitz Championships
GM Oliver Barbosa, the Philippines’ second top rated player in the latest July 2012 FIDE rating list, made a quiet, secret and triumphant invasion of Vietnam just very recently, at the 2012 National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, it’s 17th edition, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 5 to 10 July 2012 where he participated in two events and bagged two Silver Medals in the Men’s Blitz and the Final Men’s Blitz Team events.
In the Men’s Blitz, Barbwire, actually tied for first with Vietnam’s 2nd best player GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, who both scored 11 points after 13 rounds of blitz chess.
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son won the Gold with a higher tiebreak points in his 10win-2draw-1loss effort with GM Barbosa settling for the Silver medal with his 11win & 2loss record. It was a catch up game for the “Lone Ranger” (the only foreign player, in Vietnam’s 17th National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships), who after absorbing two successive losses in Round 5 & 6 to Hoang, Canh Huan and GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son respectively, had to win all the 7 remaining rounds to tie for first and cope the silver medal.
GM Barbosa, added another Silver medal when he anchored his team, QDO (Vietnam’s Army Chess Team) to second place in the Men’s Team Blitz. He contributed 4 straight wins, a perfect 4/4 points, in this event for his team.
Barbosa’s participation in Vietnam’s 2012 National Chess Event, with more than 140 chess players, including 65 women, from 14 cities and provinces was sponsored by Vietnam Army’s QDO Team.
Final Top 20 (Men’s Blitz)
Final Ranking (Men’s Blitz Team)