11th April 2010 - Here at the Olympic Sports Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, the dynamic Hou Yifan of China won her seventh round game against Filipino IM Dimakiling Oliver. This makes her the outright leader with 6 points out of seven rounds.
Hou Yifan (picture above) still has to maintain two more rounds of good score to withstand the chasing pack behind her. The tournament’s top seed, GM Mchedishvili, drew his seventh round game against IM Swapnil while GM Nguyen drew his. GM Luther Thomas lost his game on the third board against GM Meganranto of Indonesia. Having all the five pointer players faltering by the wayside, allows GM Hou Yifan to be the outright leader going into the eighth round of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Open 2010.
Other takes of the round: Yeoh Li Tian lost to Pak Yevgeny, IM Jimmy Liew also lost his round, Mohd Nabil lost to WGM Melnikova, Nik Ahmad Farouqi lost his game, Ismail Ahmad won his game, Timothy Capel won against fellow Malaysian Nur Nabila, Najib Wahab won against fellow Malaysian Marcus Yeoh, Nur Najiha won her game against an WFM, Amier Hamzah won his game and Alfred Ting drew against Indonesia’s WFM Dewi Aa Citra.