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Julio Catalino Sadorra
J C Sadorra 
Photo courtesy of member "bubuli55".  
Number of games in database: 171
Years covered: 1996 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2587 (2531 rapid, 2544 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2611

Overall record: +65 -40 =42 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 24 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E20 E46 E25 E42 E28
 English (11) 
    A13 A17 A15 A10 A18
 Slav (11) 
    D10 D19 D11 D16 D17
 King's Indian (8) 
    E76 E90 E94 E71
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D80 D78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D30 D38 D31 D35
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (28) 
    C03 C18 C02 C11 C01
 Sicilian (12) 
    B40 B47 B42 B96 B85
 French Winawer (8) 
    C18 C16 C15 C19
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C03 C08 C05
 English (7) 
    A13 A15
 French (6) 
    C10 C00 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J C Sadorra vs D K Dunn, 2011 1-0
   J C Sadorra vs N Delgado Ramirez, 2016 1/2-1/2
   R Bitoon vs J C Sadorra, 2010 1/2-1/2
   W So vs J C Sadorra, 2008 0-1
   J C Sadorra vs O Sepp, 2008 1-0
   J C Sadorra vs R Segarra, 2012 1-0
   J C Sadorra vs Van Wely, 2011 1/2-1/2
   C Dougherty vs J C Sadorra, 2011 0-1
   J C Sadorra vs K Solomon, 2016 1-0
   J C Sadorra vs A Greet, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   112th US Open (2011)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

   J C Sadorra vs Van Huy Nguyen (Mar-05-17) 1/2-1/2
   J C Sadorra vs C Garma (Mar-04-17) 1-0
   A Nouri vs J C Sadorra (Mar-03-17) 0-1
   J C Sadorra vs Stephen Rome Pangilinan (Mar-02-17) 0-1
   Xiangyi Liu vs J C Sadorra (Mar-01-17) 1-0

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(born Sep-14-1986, 30 years old) Philippines

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Grandmaster Sadorra finished with +4-2=5 at the Chess Olympiad (2014) (for the Philippines team) and at 2012 Pan-Am intercollegiate, he scored +3-1=0 (for the U of Texas, Dallas' 'A' team) (1). He won the Continental class(2) championship at Virginia in June, 2016.

References: (1) , (2) , (3)

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 171  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs J C Sadorra  1-046 1996 Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
2. Chong Ghee Ong vs J C Sadorra  1-027 2002 National RapidB08 Pirc, Classical
3. J C Sadorra vs Lim Yee Weng  1-040 2007 Malaysian Open TtD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Zhou Weiqi vs J C Sadorra 0-127 2007 Malaysian Open TtC03 French, Tarrasch
5. S Megaranto vs J C Sadorra 1-043 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. J C Sadorra vs B Bayarmandakh  0-172 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
7. E Bagamasbad vs J C Sadorra  1-070 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Mirabeau Maga vs J C Sadorra  0-153 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. J C Sadorra vs R Tolentino 1-077 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipA80 Dutch
10. A Nguyen vs J C Sadorra 0-148 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. J C Sadorra vs Xu Jun  ½-½28 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. J C Sadorra vs Yu Shaoteng  ½-½45 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
13. Hoang Thong Tu vs J C Sadorra 1-027 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
14. E Ghaem Maghami vs J C Sadorra  1-051 2007 Asian Individual ChampionshipA13 English
15. Li Chao vs J C Sadorra  1-030 2007 Manila opB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. J C Sadorra vs Ni Hua 1-039 2007 2nd PGMA CUP INTERNATIONAL OPED16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. O Noroozi vs J C Sadorra  0-127 2008 Dubai OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
18. J C Sadorra vs T Kotanjian  ½-½57 2008 Dubai OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Li Chao vs J C Sadorra  ½-½27 2008 Dubai OpenC10 French
20. J C Sadorra vs D Arutinian  0-135 2008 Dubai OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
21. J C Sadorra vs S M Al Mohayri  1-027 2008 Dubai OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M Sergeyeva vs J C Sadorra  1-035 2008 Dubai OpenC18 French, Winawer
23. J C Sadorra vs H Mohamed  1-014 2008 Dubai OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. J C Sadorra vs W So 0-136 2008 Battle of GrandmastersE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. R Bitoon vs J C Sadorra  1-041 2008 Battle of GrandmastersC10 French
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Sep-09-16  Virgil A: A draw with Carlsen. Very impressive, Julio. You are capable of playing at the elite level. No glaring mistakes. A boost to confidence. An early Happy Sept 14 Birthday!
Sep-11-16  kamagong24: rd 9

GM Mareco, Sandro 2606 (ARG) vs Sadorra, Julio Catalino 2560 (PHI)

good job!!!

Sep-11-16  Virgil A: Julio. Last two rounds. You trained hard for this. You can do it. You are poised to place high on team standings. That's a great honor. Best of luck!
Sep-11-16  epistle: Squeeze it to the last drop Catas! For the motherland!
Sep-12-16  kamagong24: rd 10

GM Sadorra, Julio Catalino 2560 (PHI) vs IM Greet, Andrew N 2455 (SCO)

Sadorra already sac his light square B for 2 pawns on move 15 to break into black's kingside, i hope his attack does not fizzle out

Sep-12-16  kamagong24: Sadorra wins!!! PHI now leads SCO 3-1

hopefully, JP can convert to a win!

GM Shaw, John 2454 (SCO) vs GM Gomez, John Paul 2492 (PHI) French, Tarrasch

Sep-12-16  kamagong24: John Paul Gomez wins!!!

completes 4-0 sweep of Scotland!!!

good job!!!

Sep-12-16  kamagong24: correction: PHI now leads SCO 3-1 , should be 3-0 before JP's win

still, the sweep 4-0 after JP's match!!!


Sep-12-16  Virgil A: Good job, Julio.
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  wordfunph: nice, JC!
Sep-12-16  pinoymaster77: Nice goings on here, out of GM Ino's games, would like cro777's annotation please for the games vs WC Magnus and the atake de pataranta last night vs Scotland's Greet please

GM Ino well on the way back to 2600 level. Sana makalaro din sa 'Millionaire' Open

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  cro777: In the penultimate round Sadorra played a nice attacking game against IM Greet from Scotland. When your opponent is under attack and has to defend, often having to find the only move to stay in the game, it is not easy for him to find key defensive ideas.

GM Julio Catalino Sadorra (2560) IM Andrew N. Greet (2455)

In possibly today's main line of the entire Exchange Slav ( Symmetrical line 7.Qb3 Na5 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2) Sadorra applied Aronians new idea 14.Bf4 (instead of 14.Bg3) from the Tromso Olympiad 2014. Aronian vs Navara, 2014

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. e3 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bf5 7. Qb3 Na5 8. Qa4+ Bd7 9. Qc2 e6 10. Bd3 Be7 11. Nf3 Nc6 12. a3 Nh5 13. Be5 f6

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14. Bf4 <The point of this Aronians idea is that after the exchange on f4, the e6pawn will be a bit vulnerable, and the pawns on d4 and f4 do a good job of containing the centre.>

14g6? <Greet answered with a new move in this position (14Nxf4, 14f5 and 14Rc8 was tried before). This move weakens Black's kingside and doesn't look sound. Sadorra replied with a direct attack.>

15. Bxg6+ hxg6 16. Qxg6+ Kf8 17. Bh6+ Rxh6 18. Qxh6+ Ng7 19. h4 Kg8 20. Rh3

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Greet didn't defend accurately and then made a key mistake.

23Bf8? 21. Ng5 fxg5 22. hxg5

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22...Ne7? <This was the decisive mistake. 22Kf7 was necessary.>

23. g6! Nxg6 24. Qxg6 Qb6 25. O-O-O Bxa3 26. Qh7+ Kf8 27. Qc2 Bxb2+ 28. Qxb2 Qxb2+ 29. Kxb2 Kf7 30. Rdh1 b5 31. Rf3+ Kg8 32. Rfh3 Kf7 33. Ne2 b4 34. Rf3+ Kg8 35. Nf4 Rf8 36. Rh8+ Kxh8 37. Ng6+ Kg8 38. Rxf8+ Kh7 39. Rd8 Bb5 40. Nf8+ Kh6 41. Nxe6 1-0

Sep-13-16  kamagong24: rd 11

GM Sadorra, Julio Catalino 2560 (PHI) vs GM Smerdon, David C 2531 (AUS) =


GM Zhao, Z. 2550 (AUS) vs GM Gomez, J. P. 2492 (PHI)

Sep-13-16  pinoymaster77: Thanks cro777 sa pagpapaunlak on GM Ino's game (parang saking batil eh 'Tal-like' attack?) vs IM Greet, na greet sya with sacrifices to expose his king to attacks !
Sep-13-16  pinoymaster77: Will lookout for the game vs WC Magnus please, am curious on each side's mistakes / oversights

May signs ba na WC Magnus underestimated his opponent?

Sep-13-16  Virgil A: You did your country proud. Good job, Julio.

Happy Birthday!

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  cro777: Sadorra about his game against Magnus Carlsen.

In the sixth round of the Baku Olympiad 2016 The Philipines met Norway. On the top board Julio Sadorra drew Magnus Carlsen with the black pieces.

Sadorra's press conference after the game:

The game started in style: Leyla Aliyeva, the first daughter of the President of Azerbaijan and editor-in-chief of style magazine "Baku: Art. Culture. Wild", made the first move for Magnus.

As Sadorra pointed out, at the Olympiad, hiding his preparations for the World Championship match in November, Magnus Carsen avoided the mainstream openings. Against Sadorra he opted for a rare line (6.c5) of the French Defense Exchange Variation:

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. d4 Bd6 5. c4 Nf6

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The main move here is 6.Nc3. According to John Watson, one of the leading experts in the French Defense, 6.c5 selected by Magnus is playable. He suggests 6Be7 7.Bd3 b6! Magnus opted for 7.Nc3. He was slightly better out of the opening.

In the middlegame Sadorra made a mistake by playing 20Bg6? (the correct move was 20Be4 followed by 20Ne5)

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Magnus returned the favor by playing a straightforward 21.Nxc2? He missed a simple tactics 21.Bxc7 (after 21...Qc8 22.Bd6 he would have had real chances to win the game). Instead, he ended up a pawn down and was lucky to escape with a draw.

A video-analysis of the game:

Sep-13-16  pinoymaster77: Thanks again for the analysis cro777, French is indeed one of Ino's fave defenses !
Sep-13-16  pinoymaster77: Hsppy birthday GM Ino!

A chess warrior and gentlemen sila along with Dad Bing

Nice overcoming the headache spiel in the 1st half of Baku Olympiad

You have been our #1 player I think since 2014, please keep on doing so being PHI's top board for more Olympiads to come!

And may PSC / NCFP already settle the previous pledges, we have new PSC Admin that would seem to take care of the athletes more, Mr. James can help

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  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Ino!
Sep-14-16  spawn2: Happy Bday!
Oct-11-16  chessgm: Congratulations GM Julio Sadorra for winning the 2016 Washington Chess Congress.
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  bubuli55: Happy New Year! Julio
Jan-20-17  pinoymaster77: 9 events pala pinag Champion ni GM Ino last year! And maganda pa ding buena mano being co-Champ with GM Mac in the recent Chesapeake Open

"For Sadorra who entered the tournament as the highest rated player at 2703 the win at the Chesapeake Open marks a continuation of an impressive record of winning in 2016 a year in which he won first place in no less than nine tournaments.

Sadorra has also been doing well abroad. For instance, he drew against World Champion Magnus Carlsen when Sadorra played him as a member of the Philippine team at the 2016 Chess Olympiad."

Mar-14-17  polarmis: Julio is playing Banter Blitz on chess24!
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