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Moulthun Ly
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 2005 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2463 (2411 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2466
Overall record: +55 -35 =31 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B25 B90 B48 B30 B27
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C69 C63 C77 C97 C84
 French Defense (7) 
    C07 C05 C00 C04 C15
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B92 B93
 Caro-Kann (5) 
 French Tarrasch (4) 
    C07 C05 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (20) 
    B90 B40 B48 B23 B43
 French Defense (12) 
    C11 C12 C07 C05 C14
 King's Indian (11) 
    E63 E94 E62 E76 E60
 French (7) 
    C11 C12
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 D04 A46 A45
 Sicilian Taimanov (4) 
    B48 B47
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NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   Dutch Open (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   5th Gibraltar Chess Festival (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Isle of Man International (2007)
   34th World Open (2006)
   World Junior Championships (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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(born Nov-20-1991, 23 years old) Australia

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FM (2011); International Master (2011); 1 GM norm (2014).


<Youth> Moulthun Ly scored 5.5/9 in the World U14 World Championship in Greece in 2004.

<Junior (U20)> He won the 2004 Australian Junior masters in 2004 and became Australian Junior champion in 2005.

<Australia> Ly came =2nd in the Australian Championship of 2014, with 7.5/11.

<World> He came =3rd at the 2011 Oceania Zonal in Rotorua, the result earning him his FM title.

Standard Tournaments

Ly was =1st in the 2011 Australian Open with 8.5/11. Ly's three IM norms came at the 34th World Open in Philadelphia in 2006, the Essent Open in 2006 and the Doeberl Cup in early 2010. Ly started 2012 auspiciously with strong showings in the Australian Championship (6.5/11) and in the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012) (6/9), raising his rating to 2402, his highest to that date. In June 2012, he came =2nd at the 2012 Gold Coast Open with 5/6. 2013 saw him place =2nd at the Australian Open, scoring 8.5/11, and =4th at the annual Doeberl Cup in Canberra, scoring 6.5/9. In 2014 he has so far scored a solid 5.5/9 at the 19th International Grandmaster Open in Kolkata in India, 6/9 (=8th) at the International Open in Kuala Lumpur and 6.5/9 (=5th) at the annual Doeberl Cup to raise his rating and ranking to its highest level so far. He followed up with a par for rating result of 6.5/9 at the Doeberl Cup and capped it with a stunning outright win at the Sydney International Open with 7/9 ahead of Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, Loek van Wely, Levente Vajda and the rapidly rising stars Australian IM Junta Ikeda and untitled (but with 4 GM norms!) Chinese player Mu Ke, also winning his first GM norm for himself. In July 2014, he scored 7.5/10 at the Politiken Cup (2014), placing =6th. At the Australiasian Masters GM Tournament in December 2014, Ly started the event with a disastrous three losses in the first three rounds, but scored 4.5 in the final 6 rounds to all but make up lost rating ground, for a final score of 4.5/9.

2015 started with =3rd at the Australian Open, scoring 7.5/11.

Team events

In August and September 2012, he put in a very strong performance as Australia's board 2 in the Chess Olympiad (2012), scoring 7/10 for a TPR of 2541, and helping Australia to a comparatively excellent placing of 32nd, 29 places higher than its seeding. He played board 2 for Australia at the Chess Olympiad (2014), again helping Australia to a placing 29 higher than its seeding, namely 31st place ahead of its #60 seeding.


In December 2014, Ly won the Victorian Blitz Championship with 11/13. He was =3rd at the Australian Blitz Championship 2015.

Rating and ranking

Ly's rating as of 1 Feb 2015 was 2462, ranking him #4 in Australia behind Zhao Zong-Yuan, David Smerdon and Max Illingworth. His blitz rating is 2456.



Latest update 3 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Ly vs G Pap  0-136 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14C07 French, Tarrasch
2. C Wei vs M Ly  0-142 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B40 Sicilian
3. S Bogner vs M Ly  ½-½52 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14C11 French
4. I Chirila vs M Ly  1-039 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B01 Scandinavian
5. H Van Riemsdijk vs M Ly  1-036 2006 Queenstown ClassicB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. M Ly vs A Florean  1-057 2006 World OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. M Ly vs I Rogers  0-154 2006 Queenstown Chess ClassicA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. M Ly vs J Bartholomew  1-039 2006 34th World OpenB01 Scandinavian
9. M Geveke vs M Ly  ½-½64 2006 Queenstown ClassicE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. M Hoekstra vs M Ly  0-141 2006 34th World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Ly vs B Nijman  1-050 2006 Queenstown ClassicC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
12. P M Collier vs M Ly  0-133 2006 34th World OpenE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
13. A Susilodinata vs M Ly  1-044 2006 Queenstown ClassicC12 French, McCutcheon
14. M Ly vs A Caoili 1-024 2006 Xstrata ch-AUSB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. M Ly vs G Vescovi 0-149 2006 34th World OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. M Ly vs T Abergel  1-057 2007 5th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB30 Sicilian
17. M Ly vs J Fraser-Mitchell  1-023 2007 Isle of Man InternationalC05 French, Tarrasch
18. Lahno vs M Ly  ½-½42 2007 5th Gibraltar Chess FestivalC12 French, McCutcheon
19. M Ly vs Speelman  ½-½33 2007 Isle of Man InternationalE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
20. F Obers vs M Ly  0-131 2007 5th Gibraltar Chess FestivalE35 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, ed
21. M Kobalia vs M Ly  1-055 2007 Isle of Man InternationalC07 French, Tarrasch
22. M Ly vs D Howell  0-143 2007 5th Gibraltar Chess FestivalB06 Robatsch
23. D Svetushkin vs M Ly  ½-½61 2007 Isle of Man InternationalE12 Queen's Indian
24. M Ly vs J G Pettersen  1-031 2007 5th Gibraltar Chess FestivalC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. M Ly vs Y Kuzubov  0-151 2007 Isle of Man InternationalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-11-06  Dozy: A GM in the making, Moulthun Ly is something of a phenomenon in Australia.

In 2005 he became our youngest ever National Junior Champion and missed out by half a point this year only because he was playing the Junior and Senior Championship simultaneously--juniors each morning, followed by the senior event in the afternoon.

Last week he competed in the World Open where he finished with 6/9, only one point behind the winner Gata Kamsky.

There's a story about him at

Oct-31-06  Stevens: there is some video of him here, apparently gaining his second IM norm in October 2006
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  twinlark: His third IM norm has been hard to come by. He hasn't played many FIDE rated games since 2007, and now his =1st in the Australian Open won't gain him his third norm as all his opponents were Aussies.
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  twinlark: My bad. He gained his 3rd IM norm at the Doeberl in 2010. He just needed to boost his live rating to 2400 to secure his title, which he now seems to have done.

Belated congratulation to IM Ly!

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  twinlark: <ozmikey>

Any idea how Ly secured his title? He doesn't seem to have achieved a live rating of 2400 until the World Junior, a couple of months after FIDE awarded the title.

Sep-03-11  ozmikey: <twinlark> Couldn't tell you I'm afraid. I seem to remember someone saying that the rating points he gained from the Oz Open (terrific performance there, BTW) pushed him over the magic mark, but I may be mistaken.

In other news on notable Australian players, incidentally, John Purdy passed away last week. RIP.

Sep-03-11  ozmikey: Ah, sorry, just noticed that you've updated that on his player page already.
Sep-04-12  andyatchess: Nice 2012 Chess Olympiad game aginst Karttunen Moulthun!
Sep-10-13  ozmikey: I challenge sharp-eyed readers to spot the error in the first line of the biography... ;-)
Sep-10-13  TheFocus: I saw his name and thought Molten Lava.

That was a second bong type of observation.

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  twinlark: <ozmikey> oh...
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  twinlark: <ozmikey> And then it took another day for me to fix it. lol.
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  waustad: Congrats for his win in the Sydney Open, coming ahead of Nisipeanu, van Wely and Melkumyan.
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: A great result for the lad. He also picked up his first GM norm for his effort.

Congratulations IM Ly!

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