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Ni Hua scores dominant victory in 2015 Australian Open

GM Ni Hua (China) scored an emphatic victory in the 2015 Australian Open, finishing with 10,5/11 to win the tournament by 2,5 points.

Ni conceded a single draw in round 8 to GM Rustam Khusnutdinov but won all his other games to collect the $6000 first prize. He defeated 5 of the 6 top seeds and finished the tournament with a 2850+ TPR.

Tied for second on 8/11 were GM Murtas Khazgaleyev (KAZ) and IM Max Illingworth (AUS). Both players lost to the unstoppable Ni, but were undefeated in their remaining games.

Ni Hua

Ni Hua

A number of tournament top seeds ended up tied for 4th place on 7,5, including GM’s Rustam Khusnutdinov (KAZ), Zong Yuan Zhao (AUS), Vasily Papin (RUS), David Smerdon (AUS) and defending champion IM Bobby Cheng (AUS).

WIM Heather Richards was awarded the title of 2015 Australian Women’s Champion as the highest placed Australian Women player, scoring 6/11.

FM Chris Wallis (AUS) and FM Eugene Schon (AUS) scored IM norms in the event.

More than 200 players took part in the Open and supporting events, competing for $20,000 in prizes. Full tournament details can be found at the 2015 Australian Open website.

Replay games with analysis

(Report by Shaun Press)

Final standings:

1 GM Ni Hua CHN 2689 – 10.5
2 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2573 – 8
3 IM Illingworth Max AUS 2476 – 8
4 GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2476 – 7.5
5 IM Morris James AUS 2378 – 7.5
6 IM Cheng Bobby AUS 2436 – 7.5
7 IM Ly Moulthun AUS 2460 – 7.5
8 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2564 – 7.5
9 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2513 – 7.5
10 GM Smerdon David AUS 2519 – 7.5
11 WGM Ryjanova Julia RUS 2413 – 7.5
12 IM Bjelobrk Igor AUS 2361 – 7.5
13 GM Johansen Darryl K. AUS 2404 – 7
14 IM Khamatgaleev Alexej RUS 2429 – 7
15 IM Solomon Stephen J. AUS 2372 – 7
16 IM Jones Richard S. WLS 2414 – 7
17 IM Yap Kim Steven PHI 2416 – 7
18 Loh Zachary AUS 2076 – 7
19 IM Brown Andrew AUS 2276 – 7
20 De Paiva Pedro Henrique BRA 2285 – 7
21 IM Smirnov Anton AUS 2432 – 7
22 CM Puccini Jack AUS 2287 – 7
23 FM Schon Eugene AUS 2318 – 6.5
24 FM Wallis Christopher AUS 2348 – 6.5
25 FM Canfell Gregory AUS 2331 – 6.5
26 FM Nakauchi Gene AUS 2213 – 6.5
27 FM Li Zuhao Luke NZL 2337 – 6.5
28 Liu Yi AUS 2265 – 6.5
29 Ayvazyan Armen AUS 2194 – 6.5
30 Chau Bernard AUS 2038 – 6.5
31 Luchtmeijer Anthonie Pieter AUS 2044 – 6.5
32 IM Ikeda Junta AUS 2416 – 6
33 Atzmon-Simon Barak AUS 2087 – 6
34 Anderson Kim AUS 1915 – 6
35 Hu Jason AUS 2138 – 6
36 Maguire Tom AUS 1866 – 6
37 Cameron Alistair AUS 2108 – 6
38 WIM Richards Heather S AUS 2165 – 6
39 O`Chee Kevin AUS 2071 – 6
40 Perera Pasan AUS 1963 – 6
41 CM Muller Jonas AUS 2030 – 6
42 Plaza-Quinteros Francisco AUS 2010 – 6
43 Broekhuyse Paul AUS 2068 – 6
44 Hursky Karel P AUS 2059 – 6
45 Mallari Donato AUS 2008 – 6
46 Tsai Charles AUS 1922 – 5.5
47 Ng Clive AUS 1977 – 5.5
48 Holt Stuart AUS 1637 – 5.5
49 Kethro Michael AUS 1873 – 5.5
50 Braguine Victor AUS 1925 – 5.5
51 Stead Kerry AUS 2013 – 5.5
52 Hardegen Andrew AUS 2009 – 5.5
53 CM Ilic Ilija AUS 1875 – 5.5
54 WFM Brokko Margit EST 2003 – 5.5
55 Prasad Lalit AUS 1789 – 5.5
56 Gong Patrick AUS 1718 – 5.5
57 Hathiramani Dillon AUS 1645 – 5.5
58 Russell Paul AUS 1868 – 5.5
59 Vlietstra Marc AUS 2016 – 5.5
60 Chibnall Alana AUS 1872 – 5
61 Lam Ross AUS 1864 – 5
62 Behar Joshua AUS 1903 – 5
63 Beeman Robert AUS 1849 – 5
64 Davis Tony J AUS 1922 – 5
65 Van Der Wal Fritz W AUS 1838 – 5
66 Mortensen Henrik DEN 1986 – 5
67 Abeynaike Shawn A AUS 1814 – 5
68 Rigo Gianfrancesco ITA 1976 – 5
69 CM Choong Liong-On Mark SIN 1900 – 5
70 Yin Wenlin AUS 1986 – 5
71 Porter Marcus AUS 1770 – 5
72 Cabilin Jeff AUS 1904 – 5
73 Sirkka Pertti AUS 1903 – 4.5
74 Rewais Sarwat AUS 1880 – 4.5
75 Lovejoy David AUS 1917 – 4.5
76 Wan Kinto AUS 1948 – 4.5
77 Tionko Efrain AUS 1959 – 4.5
78 Deen-Cowell Nicholas AUS 1899 – 4.5
79 Dutta Rishi AUS 1982 – 4.5
80 Abbott Peter AUS 1989 – 4.5
81 Saleh Akef INA 1923 – 4.5
82 Zhong Tony AUS 1763 – 4.5
83 Yan Matthew AUS 1621 – 4.5
84 Visser Johan NED 1804 – 4.5
85 Van Den Hoff Damien AUS 1672 – 4.5
86 Christian Kashish AUS 1653 – 4.5
87 Cardenas Egon AUS 1684 – 4.5
88 Wan Dennis AUS 1817 – 4.5
89 Ball Christopher AUS 1869 – 4
90 Yermolenko Taras UKR 1882 – 4
91 Bhat Vishal AUS 1669 – 4
92 Glissan Paul AUS 1852 – 4
93 Bolens Johny AUS 1893 – 4
94 Hardegen Kathryn AUS 1806 – 4
95 Bennett Calvin AUS 1751 – 4
96 Qin Tomson AUS 1665 – 3.5
97 Yeung Evan AUS 1668 – 3.5
98 Sandrasegaran Aran AUS 1436 – 3.5
99 Hogan Steven AUS 1673 – 3.5
100 CM Egan Bill AUS 1717 – 3
101 Lilly Richard AUS 1832 – 3
102 Baterowicz Mark AUS 1714 – 3
103 Sklenka Steve CAN 0 – 3
104 Brieger Chris AUS 1625 – 2
105 Martin Noelle AUS 0 – 2
106 Crowley Regan AUS 1574 – 1

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