The 5th Johor International Chess Open 2018 was won by Vietnamese FIDE master, Dang Hoang Son. Only seeded 5th Dang finished clear first out of a total 70 players taking part in this annual championship. An impressive feat considering there are 4 higher ranked Grandmasters taking part. For his effort he takes home the grand prize of RM 8000 and a challenge trophy.
This event is part of the Johor Chess Festival from 10th to the 16th of December. The other events that is part of the festival is the Rapid, Challenger and Blitz event.
This is the 4th time FM Dang Hoang Son has taken part in the Open event but is the first time he is champion. Also, he has already obtained 7 International Master norm and because of his good results here in Johor, his new chess rating will propel him to get the International Master title!
Players from 14 countries took part in the Open section. These countries include Iran, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Russia, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Lithuania, Singapore and Chinese Taipei.
The other event held in parallel with the Open is the Challenger section for lower rated players. A total of 98 players took part in this event and like the Open section are from many various countries. This event was won by Indonesian Roy Marpaung
Also, a short blitz event was held and won by Grandmaster Alexei Barsov of Uzbekistan who takes home the grand prize of RM 500. A total of 62 players took part in the blitz.
The final event is the Johor Causeway Rapid tournament held on 16th December 2018 (Sunday). This event has 135 participants taking part. The Johor Open champion and 2 Grandmasters are taking part in this event.
Again Dang Hoang Son won this event taking home an additional RM 2000 prize!
Also interesting is Dang’s wife , Nguyen Truong Bao Tran, came with him and she won 9th place in the Causway tourney as well as best Lady for the Open section.
Related link: Chess results for Johor Open 2018