Short Retains Lead – Defeats Baburin
I am glad I put a question mark at the end of my title in the earlier post I had written: “Baburin Set To Win 2017 Irish Championships?” Now I am far from sure as Phillip has avoided defeat and stays ahead with two rounds to spare. He will have to play Gavin Wall and Henry Li but while they are difficult opponents for sure, two wins, two draws or just one win and a draw are very decent probabilities.
As they say in Ulan Bator, still all to play for! It would be amazing and hilarious if Phillip wins now and he just might! Last I have seen, he was winning!
He managed to win and was gracious and modest in victory, explaining that Alexander simply pushed too hard for a win when he should have settled for a draw. The last five minutes of the game can be seen below.