It was also a sensational outcome for Ismail Ahmad who managed to hold GM Laxman to a draw at move 48 after both players realized the inevitable with each having opposite colored Bishops left to play.
IM Mas Hafizul also shared point with FM Hamdani Rudin on Table 8 but another Malaysian Zaidan Zulkipli lost to the more experienced Tajikistan player FM Djuraev Sokhib.
On Table 5, Yeoh Li Tian was not able to hold the much stronger Indian GM Arun Prasad and surrendered after a hard fought 46 mover game.
At print time, Table 1, Table 2 and Table 4 are still bashing it out to earn the right to become the leader of the pack.
In the Challenger section, Gatot Suyono outplayed Abdul Rahim Ramli to become the sole leader for the Challenger section with a perfect 5 out of 5 games. On Table 2, Ugandan player Wakoko Enos also came on top, outplaying local Eddy Fong to stay 1 point behind Suyono.
|Local Melaka participant - Masros Tukiran|
|All the way from Sarawak - Henry Machin Kongkong|
|Participants looking at the Table 3 match between Endang Andrian and Henry Machin in the Challenger section|
|IM Mas having a whisper with Cikgu Yus of Pahang with Rathnakaran and Czebe playing at the background|
|Another game of interest - Philippines GM Bitoon against IM Dimakiling|
|Onlookers taking interest in the game between India's WGM Kruttika Nadig and Igor Kharito|