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Moulthun Ly

Number of games in database: 240
Years covered: 2004 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2484 (2502 rapid, 2468 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2524
Overall record: +90 -62 =55 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 33 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B30 B90 B25 B48 B80
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C78 C60 C84 C69 C67
 French Defense (10) 
    C03 C15 C07 C01 C04
 Sicilian Najdorf (8) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B93
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C07 C03 C04 C05
 Caro-Kann (6) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B48 B23 B40 B43 B90
 French Defense (14) 
    C11 C12 C02 C07 C05
 King's Indian (12) 
    E63 E62 E94 E60 E76
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E20 E51 E32 E45 E49
 Sicilian Taimanov (9) 
    B48 B47
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 A40 D04 A45 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Ly vs H Mortensen, 2011 1-0
   M Ly vs Mikhalevski, 2008 1/2-1/2
   J Ikeda vs M Ly, 2011 0-1
   C Majer vs M Ly, 2007 0-1
   E Kharous vs M Ly, 2016 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Australian Championship 2005/06 (2005)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   Dutch Open (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2014)
   Abu Dhabi Masters (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   34th World Open (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2007)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2011)
   Qatar Masters (2015)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2016)

   🏆 Online Olympiad Top DivA
   R Khusnutdinov vs M Ly (Sep-10-21) 0-1
   M Ly vs D Wagner (Aug-16-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   V Zarubitski vs M Ly (Aug-16-20) 0-1, rapid
   M Ly vs Z Rahman (Aug-15-20) 1-0, rapid
   S Atabayev vs M Ly (Aug-15-20) 0-1, rapid

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(born Nov-20-1991, 32 years old) Australia

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Titles awarded: FIDE Master (2011); International Master (2011); Grandmaster(1) (September 2016).

Moulthun Ly is one of Australia's top players.


<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 highest rating was 2466 in May 2014 and has ranked #4 in Australia, his highest ranking to date, since 2014.

References / Sources

(1) (confirms GM title requirements).>

Wikipedia article: Moulthun Ly

Last updated: 2020-11-20 04:34:52

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 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 240  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Smerdon vs M Ly  1-0422004Australian opC02 French, Advance
2. C Wei vs M Ly  0-1422005Wch U14B40 Sicilian
3. I Chirila vs M Ly  1-0392005Wch U14B01 Scandinavian
4. M Ly vs G Pap  0-1362005Wch U14C07 French, Tarrasch
5. S Bogner vs M Ly  ½-½522005Wch U14C11 French
6. M Ly vs A H Wohl  1-0482005Australian Championship 2005/06B32 Sicilian
7. Z Zhao vs M Ly  1-0282005Australian Championship 2005/06B40 Sicilian
8. M Ly vs A Guthrie  1-0422005Australian Championship 2005/06B30 Sicilian
9. S J Solomon vs M Ly  1-0552005Australian Championship 2005/06B42 Sicilian, Kan
10. M Ly vs G Canfell  0-1372006Australian Championship 2005/06B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. I Goldenberg vs M Ly  ½-½612006Australian Championship 2005/06E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. M Ly vs A Caoili 1-0242006Australian Championship 2005/06B42 Sicilian, Kan
13. J Obst vs M Ly  0-1572006Australian Championship 2005/06B30 Sicilian
14. M Ly vs V Smirnov  ½-½382006Australian Championship 2005/06C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. R Song vs M Ly  1-0682006Australian Championship 2005/06C45 Scotch Game
16. M Ly vs S Booth  1-0782006Australian Championship 2005/06B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. M Ly vs I Rogers  0-1542006Queenstown ClassicA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. H van Riemsdijk vs M Ly  1-0362006Queenstown ClassicB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. M Ly vs B Nijman  1-0502006Queenstown ClassicC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
20. A Susilodinata vs M Ly  1-0442006Queenstown ClassicC12 French, McCutcheon
21. M Geveke vs M Ly  ½-½642006Queenstown ClassicE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. M Ly vs A H Wohl  0-1332006Queenstown ClassicB06 Robatsch
23. M Ly vs G Vescovi 0-149200634th World OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. P M Collier vs M Ly 0-133200634th World OpenE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
25. M Hoekstra vs M Ly  0-141200634th World OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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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
Jan-13-11  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.
Sep-02-11  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!

Sep-02-11  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.

Sep-10-13  twinlark: <ozmikey> oh...
Sep-10-13  twinlark: <ozmikey> And then it took another day for me to fix it. lol.
Apr-27-14  waustad: Congrats for his win in the Sydney Open, coming ahead of Nisipeanu, van Wely and Melkumyan.
Apr-27-14  twinlark: A great result for the lad. He also picked up his first GM norm for his effort.

Congratulations IM Ly!

Feb-10-16  CountryGirl: Why no comments about Moulthun's FANTASTIC results at Tradewise Gibraltar? He drew with David Howell, a really strong grandmaster, and with Iturrizaga - and he BEAT both Naiditsch and Ganguly, who are rated hundreds of points higher! Massive result. Well done, Moulthun!!
Sep-01-16  ozmikey: Moulthun has just scored his 3rd and final GM norm at the Abu Dhabi Masters, clinching the title with a draw against Efimenko in the last round.

Congratulations to Australia's latest GM, a very gracious and likeable young man who has, in the vernacular, done some real hard yards for the title. Just in time for the Olympiad!

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Yes, what <ozmikey> said. Ly is a Queenslander as well.
Sep-01-22  pazzed paun: This guy makes some good YouTube. Videos!

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