Malaysia’s “almost” GM (one more norm!), International Master Yeoh Li Tian made history as he won Malaysia’s first chess gold medal in SEA Games history on Tuesday.

The historic event took place at the Traveler’s Hotel in Subic. Li Tian made it look easy going 4.5 out of 5 but of course the tail end of the rounds would get considerably harder.

The 20-year-old had to meet vastly stronger on paper, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son in the final round. Both have already far outpaced the others in in the field. It was a nail biting game as Malaysian fans watched live online as Li Tian not only equalised but offered a draw from a position of strength. He finished with a score of 6.5 points equal with the Vietnamese GM he just drew but Li Tian had the edge on tie break bringing him the coveted gold! Just as context, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son won two gold and one bronze the last time chess was contested at the SEA Games in 2013.

GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son took silver and GM Nguyen Anh Khoi took home bronze.

Final Crosstable resukts

IM Yeoh Li Tian being interviewed by Astro
Photo credits: Emran Mohd Tamil

Congratulations Yeoh Li Tian !! You have made Malaysians proud!!

Yeoh Li Tian Fan Club on Facebook

Other media postings of Yeoh’s success:

  • SEA Games: Li Tian delivers first-ever chess gold for Malaysia (Stadium Astro)
  • Malaysia clinches first chess gold in SEA Games (The Star)
  • Yeoh Li Tian, Gong Qianyun, Make History, Win Gold at SEA Games Rapid Chess (AsianChess.com)

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