M Paragua 
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Mark Paragua
Number of games in database: 357
Years covered: 1993 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2618
Overall record: +118 -70 =98 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      71 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B22 B30 B33 B40
 King's Indian Attack (18) 
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B92 B91 B96 B99
 Slav (13) 
    D11 D12 D15 D13 D14
 French Defense (11) 
    C00 C03 C18 C11 C16
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B10 B12 B11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B51 B90 B50 B92 B22
 King's Indian (41) 
    E67 E92 E97 E94 E61
 Sicilian Najdorf (23) 
    B90 B92 B98 B95 B93
 Slav (18) 
    D11 D17 D15 D12 D13
 English (7) 
    A10 A15 A18
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 D02 D00 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Paragua vs D Debashis, 2012 1-0
   M Paragua vs Movsesian, 2005 1-0
   M Paragua vs J Goh, 2004 1-0
   M Paragua vs Aronian, 2000 1-0
   Adams vs M Paragua, 2011 1/2-1/2
   M Paragua vs Dreev, 2005 1-0
   M Paragua vs W A Medina, 2012 1-0
   Wojtkiewicz vs M Paragua, 1999 1/2-1/2
   M Paragua vs Kamsky, 2006 1/2-1/2
   M Paragua vs D Cilia Vincenti, 2004 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   38th World Open (2010)
   10th Asian Individual Championships (2011)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   Kolkata Open (2012)

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(born Mar-29-1984) Philippines

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Mark Paragua became the youngest Filipino master ever when he was 9 years old. He became the Philippines' youngest IM when he was 14 years and 8 months old, although this record has now been superceded by Wesley So who became an IM at the age of 12 years and 10 months. In August 2005, at the age of 20, he became the youngest ever Filipino Grand Master until Wesley So broke his record by achieving the GM title a couple of months after his 14th birthday.

He qualified for the World Cup (2011) via Asian Zonal 3.3, but lost to English super-GM Michael Adams in the first round. He came =3rd (4th on tiebreak) with 6.5/9 at the HD Bank Open held in Ho Chi Minh City in March 2013 and =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the 2013 Asian Continental Championship, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where he lost to Russian super-GM Dmitry Jakovenko in the first round, and exited the contest.

Wikipedia article: Mark Paragua

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 357  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Akobian vs M Paragua ½-½35 1993 Wch U10E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. M Paragua vs Navara 1-037 1996 Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. M Paragua vs P Mach 1-022 1998 Wch U14A07 King's Indian Attack
4. Wojtkiewicz vs M Paragua ½-½36 1999 U.S. OpenB27 Sicilian
5. Zhe Quan vs M Paragua  1-069 1999 World Junior Ch.E81 King's Indian, Samisch
6. M Paragua vs Mulyar  0-140 1999 U.S. Open (5)B03 Alekhine's Defense
7. R Chalker vs M Paragua 0-129 1999 U.S. OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. M Turov vs M Paragua  ½-½67 2000 Linares Anibal op 7thB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Yermolinsky vs M Paragua  1-049 2000 World OpenE97 King's Indian
10. M Paragua vs G Timoshchenko  ½-½38 2000 Padova opA04 Reti Opening
11. M Paragua vs J M Hodgson 1-046 2000 World OpenB06 Robatsch
12. I A Nataf vs M Paragua 1-017 2000 New York OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. M Paragua vs Aronian 1-041 2000 Linares Anibal op 7thA07 King's Indian Attack
14. M Paragua vs M Feinstein  1-025 2000 World OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. J Stocek vs M Paragua  1-043 2000 Ubeda op 5thB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
16. M Paragua vs A Prasetyo 1-011 2000 World OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. M Paragua vs I Naumkin  ½-½52 2001 Open AC00 French Defense
18. A H Wohl vs M Paragua  1-033 2001 Asian ChampionshipsA48 King's Indian
19. Nguyen Thanh Son vs M Paragua 0-133 2001 Zone 3.2aB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. M Paragua vs A Timofeev  ½-½26 2001 WYB18B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
21. G Timoshchenko vs M Paragua  ½-½43 2001 Valle d'Aosta op 9thE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. M Paragua vs R Di Paolo  ½-½58 2001 Open AC00 French Defense
23. M Paragua vs C Liang  1-029 2001 Asian ChampionshipsB10 Caro-Kann
24. M Paragua vs I Datu  1-045 2001 Zone 3.2aC47 Four Knights
25. M Paragua vs A Mallahi  ½-½32 2001 Asian ChampionshipsA04 Reti Opening
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Jul-07-13  pinoymaster77: Im not privy on World Cup expenses, but I think this is at least Mac's 3rd stint there? And Oli's first?

For the simul, organizers already reduced the reg fee to 1K, but will have to see turnout.

Hoping the 2 chess buddies can also sked at least few weeks to be in 'secluded / focussed training', and a 'training camp' can still be sked, just like what was setup for Mac last year...

Jul-16-13  pinoymaster77: Born 1983 pala Jakovenko, so he must be around 30yrs old...

Dmitry Jakovenko

Jul-25-13  pinoymaster77: Eto last post as of July 24 sa pinoychessinforme, afterwards may U14 Kiddie event na : World Cup bound and reigning National Champion GM Mark Paragua will be conducting a Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at SM City Marilao, Bulacan on Saturday July 27. Paragua the 1998 World U-14 Rapid Champion who qualified for his 4th World Cup appearance recently by placing 3rd in the recently concluded Manny Pacquiao Cup Asian Individual Chess Championship held at Midas Hotel in Pasay City last May 17-27, will be facing club players, executives, kiddies, university and colleges players.

In 1990, Paragua himself at six (6) years old played current World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand of India in a Simul. Exhibition held in Makati City. Again in 1993, during the World Youth Chess Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia, Mark take part in a 32 boards Chess Exhibition against 4 time Hungarian Champion GM Andraz Adorjan and made a fighting draw against him. The purpose of the Simul is to encourage players especially the youths to play chess and meet GM Paragua over 64 squares board.

Due to the demand of parents, a kiddies 14 and Under tournament will also take place after the said simul exhibition. Top 20 winners will receive medals, educational books for kids and all participants will get certificate of attendance. Among the early entries are expert Robert Pua of Manila Broadcasting Company, Milca Fulo from Lourdes School, Weng Tan, Van Kampin Luzon, Edward De leon, Aurex Lee Caser, Director Bong David, Edison Abarquez, Elmer Fumar, Allan Castillo, Mariano Flores, Dionisio Pascua, Jr., Emmanuel Adriano, Conrado Morillo, Mario Ulangka of DPWH and 5 yrs old Charles Lao Chua. To make the Simul. more attractive and interesting a Chess Computer playing program DEUTERIUM was also entered in the Simul. Exhibition Registration fee is P500.00, for inquiries please call or txt Engr. Ric Paragua of Paragua Chess Academy at 0910-6498755 or Mr. Richard Dela Cruz @ 0923-1696148.

Aug-08-13  pinoymaster77: Maam/Coach Susan posted this Bobby Ang article in her blogspot :

August 08, 2013 06:25:05 PM
The top seed
By Bobby Ang

The 2013 World Cup will be starting this weekend and I would like to write something about the top seed, GM Levon Aronian. He would always be the sentimental favorite of Filipinos, for as most of our BW readers know he has a Filipina girlfriend, WIM Arianne Caoili (she played top board for the Philippine women’s team in the 2000 Istanbul Chess Olympiad). On the other hand, objectively, he really is the strongest player in the field.

By the way, before the leave the topic of Arianne Caoili, an interviewer recently asked her if she regularly plays chess with Aronian and how many times has she won. Her answer was “we have never played an entire chess game against each other. I am not so stupid to even try.” Good answer.

Back to Aronian. Eight years ago, in the 2005 Khanty-Mansiysk World Cup the eight survivors who were about to start on the quarterfinals and semi-finals matches were Boris Gelfand, Evgeny Bareev, Sergei Rublevsky, Mikhail Gurevich, Alexander Grischuk, Etienne Bacrot, Ruslan Ponomariov, and Levon Aronian. The first four were the veterans and the last four, all around 22 years of age at that time, the young upstarts

Mark Paragua also played in that world cup. He upset Sergei Movsesian in the 1st round and then fell to Alexey Dreev (a former candidate) after a very exciting battle in the second. I met GM Mark in a party hosted by Dodong Romero shortly before the quarterfinals and naturally asked for a prediction -- who does he think will win. The answer I expected was either Ponomariov or Gelfand, but surprisingly Mark chose Aronian. Why? “I had observed his play and how he thinks -- he is a genius”.

Despite my skepticism Mark’s prediction came true -- Aronian defeated Gurevich 1.5-0.5 in the quarters, Etienne Bacrot 1.5-0.5 in the semis, and then beat Ruslan Ponomariov 3.0-1.0 in the finals to win the World Cup. Under the previous rules he would have been declared FIDE World Champion outright, but 2005 was the year when FIDE experimented with a new format -- the World Cup winner will be one of the qualifiers for the Candidates matches which will in turn qualify the top finishers to the 2007 Mexico world Championship tournament (this was the one which Anand won).

It has been eight years since GM Mark first said that thing about Aronian’s being a genius, and it looks to me that it might be true. Only a genius can play a game like this.

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  wordfunph: GM Mac, play your best!

good luck against GM Jakovenko..

Aug-11-13  pinoymaster77: Round: 01
White: Paragua, Mark
Black: Jakovenko, Dmitry
Date: Sun Aug 11 2013

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be2 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 Be7 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 O-O 11. Qe1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 14. Qg3 Rad8 15. Bd3 Rd7 16. Rae1 Re8 17. Qh3 e5 18. fxe5 dxe5 19. Nd5 Bxd5 20. exd5 Rxd5 21. Bc3 Bd8 22. Rf5 g6 *

Aug-11-13  lakers4sho: Paragua wins
Aug-11-13  Megadeth: What a nerve of steel, with a huge time disparity, you still made it through

Paragua 2569 - Jakovenko 2713

Congrats GM Paragua 1-0!
Finish Jakovenko tomorrow.

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  alexmagnus: The question is <how> he made it. The final position is lost, and time it cannot be either.
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  alexmagnus: Ans I find it very funny how you praise him although it's not clear if he won at all and if yes why :D.
Aug-11-13  mini cooper s: nice win mark :) congrats.
Aug-11-13  batongol: Very good win Mark..
Aug-11-13  DynamicPulse: <SusanPolgar> replied on my tweet and she confirmed that Paragua lost. This is what she said:

Susan Polgar ‏@SusanPolgar 2m
@Tamerlaine Paragua lost. Someone entered it wrong on the live game site.

Too bad :(

Aug-12-13  epistle: at least the mistake gave us momentary happiness.
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  Tabanus: Mark Paragua won the 2nd side event meant for Norwegians + players knocked out of World Cup (2013):, but few World Cup players participated. There were 3 rapid games on Aug. 16 and 4 normal games on Aug. 17-18. Oliver Barbosa took third.

Aug-19-13  kaingero:
Sep-16-13  pinoymaster77: Bobby Ang's WC wrapup :

Sep-16-13  pinoymaster77: But since BW articles goes into a storage site over some time, posting here the part on Jakovenko vs Paragua game :

The game I’d like to look at is Paragua vs Jakovenko in the first round. Mark took a fearless stance and attacked Jakovenko’s king in an absorbing middlegame battle. After the smoke had cleared there was a Q+B+P endgame that was excellently played by Black. The decision took 67 moves to bring home but it was never boring. * * *
Paragua, Mark (2565) -- Jakovenko, Dmitry (2724) [B85] FIDE World Cup Tromso (1.1), 11.08.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0 -- 0 Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 d6

From the Taimanov we have transposed to one of the main tabiya (battle array) of the Sicilian Scheveningen.

10.Kh1 0 -- 0 11.Qe1 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3 Bb7

Putting pressure on e4. Black cannot relax, as White always has threats. For example, 13...Nd7 14.Rd1 Bb7 15.Rd3! Nc5 16.Rg3 g6 17.f5! exf5 (17...Bh4 18.Rxg6+ fxg6 19.Qxh4 is no good for Black) 18.exf5 Bh4 19.Rxg6+ fxg6 20.Qxh4 Qc6? (Oparin, G (2497)-Panarin, M (2565) Yekaterinburg RUS 2013 0 -- 1 48).

Panarin should have played 20...Qd7 although after 21.Qh6 Black’s position is still critical. After 20...Qc6 White spoiled the attack with 21.Qh3? when he could have ended the game quickly with 21.Bf3! Rxf5 22.Nd5! curtains.

14.Qg3 Rad8 15.Bd3 Rd7 16.Rae1 Re8 <D>

Position after 16...Re8


Marks’ idea is to play 18.Nd5! (stronger than 18.e5 because 18...dxe5 19.fxe5 Rxd4 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 Black’s king manages to run to safety). After 18.Nd5! exd5 19.exd5 and now the insecure position of the Black rook on e8 is going to cost him.

Having said that, 17.Qh3 is actually an inaccuracy, as it allows Black to play 17...e5! right away. If you have studied Paragua’s games you will have noticed that when he is playing Black in the Sicilian Defense he is always going for ...e7 -- e5 or e6 -- e5, so I am a bit surprised why he allowed this as White. Better is 17.Re3 g6 18.Ref3 which keeps the attack going. A possible continuation: 18...d5 19.e5 Ne4 20.Qe1 b4 21.axb4 Bxb4 22.Rh3 Qd8 23.Qe3 Nxc3 24.bxc3 Bf8 and now the grand finale: 25.f5! exf5 26.Bxf5! gxf5 27.Rg3+ Kh8 (27...Bg7 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.e6+) 28.e6+ f6 29.Rxf5 Bg7 30.Rh5 Rc7 31.Qd3 h6 32.Rxg7! Rxg7 33.Rxh6+ Kg8 34.Qh3 1 -- 0 (34) Areshchenko, A (2664)-Ftacnik, L (2568) Bundesliga 2010.

17...e5! 18.fxe5 dxe5 19.Nd5 Bxd5

Jakovenko has to keep his knight on f6. Otherwise 19...Nxd5? 20.exd5 g6 21.Rxf7! ends the game.

20.exd5 Rxd5 21.Bc3

[21.Rxf6 Bxf6 (21...Rxd4?? 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Qh8#) 22.Qxh7+ Kf8 23.Bc3 a5 24.Be4 Rdd8 White does not have a good way to continue the attack]

21...Bd8 22.Rf5 g6 23.Qg3 Re6 24.Bxe5?! Qe7 25.Rxf6 Rexe5 26.Rxe5 Rxe5 27.Rf1

Mark’s attack has been pushed back and Jakovenko has a slight advantage as all his pawns are on white squares giving his dark-squared bishop more scope than its counterpart. Black makes the most of his chances.

27...Bc7 28.Qf2 Kg7 29.Qd4 f6

With the idea of ...Rh5.

30.g3 Qe6

Threatening ...Qc6+, Kg1, ...Bb6 winning the queen.

31.Qf2 h5 32.Qf3 Qd6 33.Rd1 Qe7 34.Qc6 Re6 35.Qd5 h4 36.gxh4 Re1+ 37.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 38.Kg2 Qd2+ 39.Kf1 Qf4+ 40.Ke2 Qxh2+ 41.Kf1 Bg3 42.Qd7+ Kh6 43.Qd4 Qh1+ 44.Ke2 Qg2+ 45.Kd1 Qf3+ 46.Kd2 Bf4+ 47.Ke1 Qh1+ 48.Ke2 Qxh4

Let’s take stock:

Black is a pawn up but the bishops are of opposite colors, two connected passed pawns are not enough to win in an endgame with bishops of opposite colors.

In the position on the board, if you remove the queens and all the queenside pawns then the position is drawn.

Therefore Mark goes for a queen exchange, followed by c2 -- c4 or a3 -- a4 to liquidate the queenside pawns.

49.Qf2 Qxf2+!

Apparently Jakovenko, one of the best endgame players in the world, does not agree with Paragua’s diagnosis. By the way, Dmitry must have noticed that his bishop and a1, the possible queening square of his a-pawn, are of the same color, so if White manages to exchange his bishop for black’s two pawns on the kingside he can still go over to the queenside and win with KB+rook pawn against White’s King.

50.Kxf2 Bc1! 51.c4 Bxb2 52.cxb5 a5!!

Of course 52...axb5? 53.Bxb5 Bxa3 is a draw, for example 54.Kf3 f5 55.Bd3 Kg5 56.Bc2 Kf6 57.Bd3 g5 58.Bc2 g4+ 59.Kg2 f4 60.Bd1 Kg5 61.Be2 Kh4 62.Bd1 Bc5 63.Be2 Black cannot make progress.

53.a4 Kg5 54.Ke3 f5 55.Be2 Be5 56.b6 Kh4 57.b7 g5 58.Bd3 f4+ 59.Ke4 Bb8 60.Be2

[60.Kf3 g4+ 61.Kg2 f3+ 62.Kf2 Ba7+ 63.Kf1 g3 wins]

60...g4 61.Bb5 Kg3 62.Kf5 f3 63.Bc4 f2 64.Be2 Ba7 65.Kg5

[65.Bf1 allows 65...Kf3 and soon the g-pawn will give clinch the game]

65...Kg2 66.Kxg4 f1Q 67.Bxf1+ Kxf1 0 -- 1

The finish will be 68.Kf3 Ke1 69.Ke4 Kd2 70.Kd5 Kc3 71.Kc6 Kb4 72.Kc7 Kxa4 73.b8Q Bxb8+ 74.Kxb8 Kb5 the end.

Not a disgrace to lose such a game. If ever Jakovenko makes a book on his best games I reckon this one will be there.

Sep-30-13  pinoymaster77: Nil Maglas interview of GM Mac mainly on the World Cup in Tromso :

Oct-28-13  lakers4sho: Horrible showing this past couple of months or so, continues to bleed away elo points
Oct-28-13  bien pensant: It may be because they have a cow-like regimen there where even Wesley So grew fat. Cows just stand in on place munching. Goats are constantly on the move. Goats are smarter than cows.
Nov-05-13  pinoymaster77: Its not the goats and cows here, but the beer, rice and meaty viands / pulutans
Apr-11-14  pinoymaster77: Eto nasa FIDE site kung ano due na ma credit na 3 US events for the April rating, its a net of -3, but GM Mac is co-leading in the Marshall event in NY, games are every weekend...

Apr-18-14  joeyj: Philadelphia Open 2014 Standings – Open Section

Apr-19-14  joeyj: 4.0/5 so far for Mark P.

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