After 5 rounds of Swiss, the two Chinese Grand Masters Hong Zhi and Xu YinChuan topped the ranking list to enter the second stage of competition under the Knock-out system. Another two entry tickets went to Chong Heung Ming (Philippines) and Vo Minh Ngat (Vietnam), both have scored 7 points. The rest of the players will continue with two more rounds of Swiss, among them nine shared the score of 6 points. Keen contest for the 5th to 8th placing could be expected in the Swiss section for the next two rounds.
In the Women's Individual, The Vietnamese amazon Ngo Lan Huong defeated China's Chen XingLin in the very first round and all her opponents from round 2 to round 5. She has a bye in round 6,therefore, she has already succeeded in retaining the Asian Women Champion title that she first won in 2011 in Macau.
Round 6 will commence today at 1300 local time. Four boards will be on webcast as in previous rounds. Link to the webcast studio: http://www.xiangqibowl.org/showtime.
Felix Tan at Sydney
25 September 2013