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Wesley So
Number of games in database: 521
Years covered: 2003 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2755 (2633 rapid, 2744 blitz)
Overall record: +202 -52 =242 (65.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      25 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B90 B42 B67 B33 B21
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C67 C89 C69 C65 C91
 French Defense (19) 
    C11 C18 C10 C00 C17
 King's Indian (16) 
    E99 E60 E92 E83 E62
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B93 B96 B97 B99
 Slav (14) 
    D11 D10 D15 D17 D13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (75) 
    B33 B30 B32 B40 B31
 Slav (24) 
    D11 D15 D12 D10 D17
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D85 D86 D70 D93 D83
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E32 E34 E41 E53 E21
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E12
 French Defense (15) 
    C11 C07 C05 C18 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 1-0
   Z Almasi vs W So, 2014 0-1
   W So vs M Leon Hoyos, 2009 1-0
   W So vs Shirov, 2011 1-0
   W So vs Ni Hua, 2008 1-0
   W So vs M Prusikin, 2006 1-0
   Ivanchuk vs W So, 2009 0-1
   W So vs Navara, 2011 1-0
   Nijboer vs W So, 2009 0-1
   W So vs Vallejo-Pons, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Japfa Match (2008)
   Corus (Group C) (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Universiade (2013)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2011)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Cup (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

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(born Oct-09-1993, 20 years old) Philippines

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Born in Las Pinas to William and Eleanor So, and brought up in Bacoor, Cavite, Wesley So is a Filipino chess prodigy who is the eighth youngest player to attain the Grandmaster (GM) in history, achieving the GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days. This made him the youngest GM in the world at that time.* He is the Philippines’ youngest ever International Master, youngest ever Grandmaster and the youngest ever National Champion.


Wesley So’s father taught him the moves at the age of seven. He started playing rapid tournaments when he was eight and was competing in junior tournaments at age nine. The ferocity of Wesley's play in the latter attracted the attention of Rodolfo Tan Cardoso He was awarded the FIDE Master title in 2004 when he was 11 and International Master in 2006 when still 12.


<Age> In 2003, So became the Philippines U10 Champion. He has competed in World Youth Championships in 2003 (19th in the U10 division), 2004 (14th in the U12 division) and 2005 (=1st in the U12 division). In the 2005 event held in Belfort, he finished equal first in his age group alongside Srinath Narayanan, Sanan Sjugirov and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan with Narayanan taking the title on tiebreak. On 9 May 2007, So won the National Junior Championship at the age of 13 years, 7 months, the youngest to do so until FM Paulo Bersamina won the 2010 edition of that event while still 12. So earned his 2nd GM norm in September 2007, shortly before he turned 14, at the World Junior Championship (2007) (his 1st GM norm being in Germany soon after he turned 13 – see below in the classical tournaments section) held in Yerevan, Armenia.

<National> So holds the record for the youngest National Champion of the Philippines, first winning the title in 2009 at the age of 15 years, 6 months. He also won the Philippines Championship in 2010 and 2011 after coming second in 2008 and first in the "Battle of the Grandmasters' event in 2008. Starting from 2009, the "Battle of the Grandmasters", previously a separate event, also became the national championship.

<Continental> In September 2007 while still 13, Wesley played in the Asian Individual Championship (2007) that was held in Cebu and scored a par for rating 6/11, drawing against four GMs and losing to one. He scored a modest 6.5/11 at the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009) held in Subic Bay but came 2nd by a half point behind Ni Hua in the 9th Asian Continental Championship held in April 2010 to qualify for participation in the 2011 World Cup. He scored 5.5/9, placing =9th in the 10th Asian Individual Championships (2011) in Iran. In May 2012, he played in the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) scoring 6/9 and placing =4th (8th on tiebreak).

<World> In early 2007, he scored 5.5/9 at the Zonal 3.3, narrowly missing both a GM norm and qualification for the World Chess Cup (2007). After qualifying in early 2009 by coming 2nd behind Darwin Laylo in the 3.3 Zonal held in Ho Chi Minh City, Wesley made a splash at the World Cup (2009) by defeating Gadir Guseinov, Vassily Ivanchuk and Gata Kamsky in the first three rounds before falling to Vladimir Malakhov in the rapid game tiebreaker during the round of 16. He defeated Chinese GM Ding Liren in the first round of the World Cup (2011) but lost the second round in a hard fought rapid-game tiebreaker to then Russian number 1 and world number 5 GM Sergey Karjakin. So placed 2nd at the Asian 3.3 Zonal held in January 2013 and thereby qualified for the World Cup (2013) where he defeated the 2012 Junior World Champion, Ukrainian-Turkish GM Alexander Ipatov in the first round but lost to Russian GM and eventual semi-finalist Evgeny Tomashevsky in the second round.

Classical Tournaments

So’s first foray into the international arena was at the 12th International Open held in Nice in 2005, where he scored 5/7, placing =8th (9th on tiebreak) and adding 35 points to his rating. He finished 2005 at the Singapore International Masters Open, winning the award for the best U12 in the competition and gaining another 37 rating points. In April 2006, he earned his first International Master norm at the powerful 8th Dubai Open (2006) when he scored 5/9. A few weeks later, still 12 years old, he was selected to play in the 2006 Olympiad at Torino (see below). Wesley’s second and third IM norms followed in rapid succession at the 2nd San Marino Open (5.5/9) in June 2006, where he also won the award for the best player under 16, and in August 2006 at the 3rd IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship in Kuala Lumpur (6.5/11), where he again won the award for the best player U16. At the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, So became the youngest Filipino to achieve the IM title.

So achieved his first GM norm at the Bavarian International Open in Bad Wiessee, Germany in November 2006. Following an average performance at the 3rd Calvia International Open in October 2006, Wesley narrowly missed another GM norm at the GM Tournament in Manila the following month, but won the powerful Prospero Pichay Cup in December 2006. A few days later, Wesley competed in the 3rd Singapore Masters International Open, placing =10th with a score of 6/9, including wins against GMs Susanto Megaranto and Li Shilong. Following his relative success at the Zonal 3.3 – qualifying for the 2007 World Cup but narrowly missing a GM norm - in January 2007 (see above), Wesley performed on par at the Philippines International Open in Subic Bay in April 2007, then came second at the Selection Tournament for 2nd Asian Indoor Games held in Tagaytay in August 2007. So capped his year by earning his third GM norm, and the title, at the 3rd Prospero Pichay Cup International Open in Parañaque City, Philippines in December 2007, scoring 6/9, including five draws against his five GM opponents. When he earned his title, he became the seventh-youngest GM ever, and the youngest-ever Filipino GM.

The year 2008 began with a modest 4th at the 1st Leg of the ASEAN Circuit Tournament 2008 (GM Section A) in Kalimantan, he won the Mayor Allen Singson Open Chess Tourney in Candon City and then the Dubai Open (2008) in the United Arab Emirates with a score of 7/9 (TPR 2708), besting an international field that included 23 other grandmasters. In April, he won the “Battle of the Grandmasters” with 8.5/11 (including wins against Rogelio Antonio Jr and Buenaventura Bong Villamayor and a draw against Eugenio Torre) and a match against Susanto Megaranto (details immediately below in the matches section). In May, he came =2nd with 6.5/9 in the 1st Subic International Open, half a point behind Jayson Gonzales. In July 2008, he came second with 12.5/17 in the National qualifying tournament for the Dresden Olympiad held in November, represented Philippines in that Olympiad, placed =5th in the 4th Prospero Pichay Jr. Cup International played in Manila in September, and won the gold medal (+4 =3) for the top board playing for his club Tagaytay city in the Asian Club Cup. In 2009 he won Corus (Group C) (2009) with 9.5/13, one point ahead of fellow prodigy Anish Giri, but then had an average result of 5/9 at Aeroflot Open (2009) before scoring a stunning 9/11 in March at the Battle of the GMs held in Dapitan City. An ordinary 4.5/10 at the SPICE Cup (2009) in Lubbock, Texas was followed by his remarkable debut in the World Cup (see above). 2010 saw him securing a reasonably successful result at Corus (B Group) (2010) where he came 4th with 7.5/13 and at Aeroflot Open (2010), scoring =7th in a huge field of GMs and IMs. His success in the 9th Asian Continental (see above) was followed by winning the 3rd Battle of the Grandmasters in Tagaytay City with 7.5/11. His subsequent results during 2010 were average to ordinary by his standards, although he finished with good results in the preliminary rounds of the Asian Teams Championship in November.

The start of 2011 saw him place =4th in the Tata Steel (Group B) (2011) with a creditable 7.5/13, a point shy of the lead, while his subsequent participation in the Aeroflot Open (2011) was cut short after six rounds due to his withdrawal from the event because of exhaustion. Despite that, he achieved excellent results in the blitz event held after the tournament and in the 17th Asian Cities tournament held in Jakarta a few months later (see below in Team Play). In June 2011, he came =1st alongside Giri and Hans Tikkanen at the 19th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2011) in Sweden. His results thereafter, until the 2012 Quebec Open (see below) essentially maintained parity with his rating, including 5/10 at the Airports Authority of India (2011) in New Delhi also in June, 9/13 at the Philippine Championship (although he placed first), 6.5/9 in the Indonesian Open, 2nd at the 26th SEA Games 2011 in Indonesia, his drawn match in Illinois against Meier (see below), and his 6/9 at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) where he just missed qualifying for the 2013 World Cup. He scored outright first at the Quebec Invitational Open 2012 with 7.5/9 (TPR 2789), a half point clear of Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon. In July 2012, he maintained rating parity by placing =3rd (3rd on tiebreak), behind Dutch GM Ivan Sokolov and US GM Alexander Shabalov in the World Open held in Philadelphia in the USA and by winning the 2012 Toronto International Crown. His 5/10 at the SPICE Cup (2012) was basically par for rating. Several months later, an excellent =1st (2nd behind Pavel Eljanov), with 8/10 at the powerful Reykjavik Open (2013) enabled So's rating to surpass 2700 for the first time. In May 2013, So won the 2013 Calgary International Chess Classic with a round to spare with a final score of 8/9 after winning the preliminary blitz bout with 9/9. In June 2013, So participated in and placed =1st (winning on tiebreak) with 5/6 in the 2013 Las Vegas International Open alongside Alejandro Ramirez-Alvarez; Webster colleague and Mexican #1, Manuel Leon Hoyos; Jaan Ehlvest and Varuzhan Akobian. In July 2013, Wesley So won the gold medal at the Universiade (2013) and in October 2013, he won the 6 round DRR category 18 Unive Crown Group (2013) with a round to spare. In April 2014, he was =1st at the 2014 Bill Wright Saint Louis Open.

So's inaugural participation in a super tournament was at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014). He finished with a solid 6/11 (+3 -2 =6), placing =4th behind Levon Aronian, Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin respectively, and 6th on tiebreak behind Fabiano Caruana and Leinier Dominguez Perez. His next super tournament participation was a stunning success when he won the category 19 49th Capablanca Memorial (2014) outright with 6.5/10, a clear point ahead of second placed Lazaro Bruzon, notching a 2829 TPR. In June, he secured 2nd place behind Ivanchuk at the Edmonton International with a score of 7.5/9, a roughly par-for-rating outcome. The following month in July 2014, he participated in the category 17 round-robin ITT ACP Golden Classic tournament, in Italy, winning by a clear point with 4.5/6, thereby lifting his standard rating to an all time high.


At the Japfa Chess Festival 2008 held in Jakarta in April 2008, So played the six-game Japfa Match (2008) against Indonesian GM Megaranto and won by 6-4 (+3 =3). In March 2012 in Skokie, Illinois, USA, he played and drew a four-game match (=4) with German GM Georg Meier.

Team Play

So won a Team Silver Medal and an Individual Gold Medal in the 6th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship held in 2004 in Vung Tau in Vietnam. He also won an Individual Gold Medal at the 7th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship held in 2005 in Pattaya in Thailand. In August 2007, he won the gold medal for first board for the Philippines at the World Under-16 Olympiad with a phenomenal score of 9.5/10. In 2006, at the age of 12 he became the youngest ever member of the national men's team to participate at the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), scoring a creditable 3/5 on the reserve board. In March 2007, So won the gold medal playing board 3 after scoring 7.5/9 for Tagaytay – which came second in a field of 18 city teams - in the Asian Cities Team Championship held in Tehran, Iran.** In 2008, he played board 2 for the Philippines at the Dresden Olympiad (2008) and in 2010, board 1 at the Chess Olympiad (2010). In 2009 Wesley played for the Bank of Qingdao team in the Chinese Chess League, scoring 4 points out of the 5 rated games he played. In the 19th Asian Cities Championship held in Jakarta in 2011, Wesley won silver playing top board for his 4th placed (out of 24 city teams) Tagaytay team. So again played board 1 for the Philippines in the 40th Chess Olympiad (2012), scoring 6.5/11 (+2 =9; TPR 2710) and helping the team win bronze in Rating Category B. In December 2013, he played board 3 for Webster University in the PanAm 2013, winning 6/6 games and helping his team to top place to qualify for the College Final Four playoffs. These were held in New York in April 2014, and he helped his team to win the event.

Blitz and Rapid Play

So won individual Gold Medals in Rapid Chess in the 6th and 7th ASEAN Age-Group Chess Championship held in 2004 in Vung Tau, Vietnam and in 2005 in Pattaya, Thailand; other awards he won at these two events were a Team Silver for Rapid Chess in 2004 and an Individual Gold Medal for Blitz in 2005. Although his classical score at Calvia in 2006 was average, he won the award for being the best U16 blitz player in the event held immediately afterwards. Toward the end of 2007 after he gained his GM title, Wesley So won the Christmas Invitational Blitz Tournament from a powerful field of IMs and GMs. In addition to winning the international open at Dubai in 2008, he also took third place at the sidelight blitz tournament of that event. Despite withdrawing from the main tournament at Aeroflot 2011, So competed in the blitz event held as a sidelight, placing 5th, 1.5 points behind the winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the 2011 SEA Games held in Indonesia, So secured the only gold chess medal for the Philippines, winning 9-0 in the blitz event. In 2011 and 2012, he won the ACC Blitz Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, finishing 1st on tiebreak in 2011 and outright first by half a point in 2012. In July 2012, he scored 9/10 to place =1st and share the prize money with Robert Lee Hess at the Blitz Championship held at the World Open Championship in Philadelphia. Later that month, he defeated Ray Robson 23-9 in's 7th Blitz "Death Match". He contested the 2nd Noel Skelton Open, which took place from 31st August to 1st September in Minnesota, and easily won the event with 5/5. In June 2014, he won the 2014 National Open Blitz held in Las Vegas.

Wesley So is one of the most formidable blitz players on the internet, his best rating on the ICC website clocking in at 3604. His original handle was Wesley16 which he eventually changed to foster-.***


Wesley So’s favorite chess books are Nimzovich’s My System and various books by Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky. His favorite player is Magnus Carlsen (2009 interview). He is now part of the Webster University chess team, under the SPICE Program run by GM Zsuzsa Polgar.

Rating and Ranking

Wesley So was the youngest player ever to cross the 2600 rating mark, 9 days short of his 15th birthday, until 2013 when Chinese prodigy Wei Yi achieved the mark at the age of 14 years 5 months 23 days. On 1 March 2013, So's rating crossed over to 2701 (the 92nd player to achieve 2700).

As of 1 September 2014, So's FIDE ratings are:

<Classical>: 2755 (#1 Filipino; #2 in Asia; world #14) - this is his highest rating to date, although his ranking has dropped two places;

<Rapid>: 2642; and

<Blitz>: 2726 (world #28).

Live rating:


Interview in 2009 with William Stewart:; FIDE tournament records: ; Pinoy Chess; ; * World's Youngest Grandmasters: and World's Youngest GM: article by IM Cardoso: **;; and; ***

Wikipedia article: Wesley so

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 521  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Pipan vs W So 0-126 2003 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
2. D Swiercz vs W So 1-073 2003 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
3. W So vs V Belous 1-041 2003 Wch U10A07 King's Indian Attack
4. W So vs Z Javakhadze 1-055 2003 Wch U10B10 Caro-Kann
5. Negi vs W So 1-034 2003 Wch U10B33 Sicilian
6. W So vs N Galopoulos  0-153 2003 Wch U10C00 French Defense
7. Bui Manh Hung vs W So  0-144 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Ding Liren vs W So 1-023 2004 Wch U12A04 Reti Opening
9. W So vs Caruana 1-027 2004 WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. Do Duc Minh vs W So 0-120 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B33 Sicilian
11. W So vs Md Omar Ak Hafizon Pg  ½-½57 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. W So vs Minh Doan Vu Hoang 1-035 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12A07 King's Indian Attack
13. W So vs O Kanmazalp 1-029 2004 Wch U12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. Mark Ho En Tian vs W So 0-131 2004 ASEAN-ch5 U12B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. A Rosell vs W So  1-043 2004 Wch U12A80 Dutch
16. Robson vs W So ½-½47 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12B33 Sicilian
17. D Lo Kin Mun vs W So 0-154 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
18. I Nyzhnyk vs W So 0-133 2005 Wch U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
19. W So vs Mark Ho En Tian 1-040 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B01 Scandinavian
20. Duy Linh Dang vs W So 0-126 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12E41 Nimzo-Indian
21. W So vs Zhao Xue 1-039 2005 Singapore International Masters OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. W So vs Y R Chan  1-038 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12C26 Vienna
23. S Neubronner vs W So 0-125 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
24. S Sjugirov vs W So 1-033 2005 Belfort YWCC boys under 12B30 Sicilian
25. Firman Syah Farid vs W So 0-142 2005 ASEAN-ch6 U12B33 Sicilian
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Jan-27-13  pinoymaster77: Genio,
Mukhang hindi apple to apple i-compare USCF sa FIDE ELO. From chess friends, eh kahit mga PHI-based players, now na alam na 'playing strength' eh pag dumayo sa US, eh their NCFP ratings are added +200 when entered in the US tourneys na daw.

Nabuking na siguro mga previous 'fundraising trips'.

For common criteria eh FIDE ELO na lang gawing common basis.

On NCFP, it is related to Phils still being a Third World country and the 'lack of commercial appeal' of chess. Reportedly the current crop of NCFP officers are 'more active' and 2 more intl events planned in Phils later this year...

Im not sure what kind of support is 'ideal', sa Phils eh fully paid ang Olympiad stints, and may monthly allowance pa and top players, while other known First World countries eh each player has to look for sponsors and raise their own funds...

Jan-27-13  jivepar: <geniokov: And now even our GM Julio Sadorra has a 2617 USCF rating! 2551 Fide rating.Samantalang ang mga GM´s natin ay halos sumabog na ang utak sa pagpapakahirap maabot man lang ang 2600+.In this logical explenation,"Kung naaabot ni Sadorra ang rating na above 2600 eh maaabot din ng mga GM´s natin ang rating na naabot niya!> You seem to be implying that Sadorra has overtaken our Phil-based GMs just because he's based in the US. Quite untrue. AS you indicated, Sadorra's 2600+ rating is USCF..not fide. ALL our GMs if they play in US tournament will easily reach above 2600 USCF ratings.
Jan-27-13  jivepar: sabi nga..."The grass always look greener on the other side of the fence". Believe me, chess players here in the US are also having a hard time finding Fide tournaments to participate in. Sila Ricky De Guzman and Sevillano are restricted mostly within California tournaments because it's quite expensive to travel and follow all the "major" tournaments. Caruana who was formerly based in the US had to move to europe to find competitive tournaments.
Jan-27-13  iking: 3 pinoys and 3 viets in the top 4 boards ... royal ranbol to ...

Go <GM Wesley> go ....

sir <mightor> wag ng pansinins yan mga ibid na yan ... sharp monday aye e long dell la ti do.

Jan-27-13  iking: <jivepar: sabi nga..."The grass always look greener on the other side of the fence". Believe me, chess players here in the US are also having a hard time finding Fide tournaments to participate in. Sila Ricky De Guzman and Sevillano are restricted mostly within California tournaments because it's quite expensive to travel and follow all the "major" tournaments. Caruana who was formerly based in the US had to move to europe to find competitive tournaments>

enlightening ....

Jan-27-13  pinoymaster77: Pero malapit nang maging #2 si GM Sadorra based on FIDE rating, as GM Barbosa lost a lot of ELO from his recent PSC Cup play... I think mga 2 points na lang ang difference... pls checkout in joeyj's chessaccount for continous liveratings tracking...
Jan-27-13  geniokov: Thanks sa explanation nyo <PM77 and jivepar> Naiinis na kasi ako sa tutoo lang eh bakit sa tingin ko at pakiramdam ko lang eh hindi na nag-improve ang mga ratings ni GM Laylo or Gomez and Bitoon?I mean,2509;2502;2519 etc...I mean,what´s that? Sa tagal ko ng nagki-kibitz dito,ni hindi ko pa nakita atang sumayad sa 2550 ang rating nila? After that GM norm,ayun..tapos na! Nanghihinayang kasi ako sa kanilang talento dahil alam kong magagaling sila.At subok ko ang mga games nila lalo na when they met and beat our veteran GM´s like Torre,Antonio,and Barcenilla. When our veterans retired,who remains after Wesley So to represent Olympiad? Bd.1 Wesley So
Bd.2 Barbossa (2550 as of now)
Bd.3 Paragua (2520-2530?)
Bd.4 Gomez(2500-2520?)
Bd.5 Laylo or Bitoon(2450-2510?)
Eh paano tayo makaka-angat nyan sa Olympiad? Kung 5yrs from now eh ganyan pa din ang mga rating nila eh talagang kawawa ang mga players natin?
Jan-27-13  geniokov: The last time i comment na "We can only attain top 20 at Olympiad if the average rating of our players got 2550!" And so,it happened! We place between 22-25th ata.
Jan-27-13  geniokov: Malaki ang tiwala ko sa kakayanan ng mga Pinoy players natin.Kulang lang sa numerous higher category tournament!
Jan-27-13  mightor: Tagaytay Zonal Chess: Wesley So draws with Indon GM, stays in front, Antonio, Galas share limelight

By Marlon Bernardino
Sun, 27 Jan 2013

Individual Standings after round 6:

(Open Division, Nine Round Swiss-System/ 42 player's field)

5.0 points---GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vietnam), GM Wesley So (Philippines)

4.5 points---GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. (Philippines)

4.0 points---GM Susanto Megaranto (Indonesia), IM Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa (Mongolia), GM Darwin Laylo (Philippines), IM Nguyen Doc Hoa (Vietnam), GM Cao Sang (Vietnam)

3.5 points---GM Mark Paragua (Philippines), GM Eugene Torre (Philippines), FM Haridas Pascua (Philippines), GM Rogelio Barcenilla Jr. (Philippines), FM Gombosuren Munkhgal (Mongolia), FM Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam),

GM Dao Thien Hai (Vietnam), GM John Paul Gomez (Philippines), GM Richard Bitoon (Philippines), IM Nguyen Van Huy (Vietnam)

(Women Division, Nine Round Swiss-System/ 16 player's field)

5.0 points---WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An (Vietnam)

4.0 points---Bernadette Galas (Philippines), WIM Medina Warda Aulia (Indonesia), IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag (Mongolia)

3.5 points---WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram (Vietnam), WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vietnam)

Tagaytay City---Filipino grandmaster Wesley So battled defending champion GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia to a draw in the sixth round Saturday to stay on top along with second seed GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam of the Asian Zone 3.3 Chess Championship here at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.

The 19-year-old So, the country’s highest-ranked player and the tournament’s top seed with an Elo rating of 2682, took a break from his studies at Webster University in the United States to compete in the event hosted by Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. and the city council, split the point with Megaranto after 51 moves of Slav defense enabled Ngoc Truong Son to keep a share of the lead with a 28 moves demolition against GM Mark Paragua in their Gruenfeld skirmish.

"Mahirap pilitin. Talagang nauwi sa fighting draw eh," said the Bacoor, Cavite native So.

So and Ngoc Truong Son, both tallied five points apiece in the standings after 6 rounds in the nine round tournament offers two slots for this year's World Chess Cup in Tromso, Norway, organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by it's Chairman/President Prospero 'Butch' Pichay Jr. and Secretary-General Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino Jr. GM Oliver Barbosa is the only Filipino currently guaranteed a seat in the Cup.

"I'm glad the GM Wesley So is on top together with other Filipino players. The time is ripe for Filipino chess players, through the NCFP, to assert ourselves as one of the, if not the strongest, chess power in Asia." said NCFP Committee chairman on Grassroots development and promotions Neri Javier Colmenares, also party-list representative of Bayan Muna.

12-time national open champion GM Rogelio 'Joey' Antonio Jr. defeated FM Gombosuren Munkhgal of Mongolia after 58 moves of Nimzo-Indian defense to climb at solo third position with 4.5 points.

Megaranto, meantime scored 4.0 points, the same outpot of IM Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa, GM Darwin Laylo of the Philippines, GM Cao Sang and IM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam.

Gundavaa nipped IM Barlo Nadera after 47 moves of French defense, Laylo halved the point with Duc Hoa after 43 moves of Gruenfeld defense while Cao edged FM Mari Joseph Turqueza after 19 moves of Queens Pawn Game.

Antonio will be up against Ngoc Truong Son in the seventh round scheduled late Sunday, So battles Duc Hoa, Laylo opposite Megaranto and Gundavaa versus Cao.

In the women's division, WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An of Vietnam settled for a truce with WIM Medina Warda Aulia of Indonesia to keep the lead with 5.0 points. Her sixth round opponent is Bernadette Galas of the Philippines who upset WGM Pham Le Thao Nguyen of Vietnam to climb to a share of second to fourth places with four points.

Galas is tied with Medina and IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia.

The other Filipina campaigners were WIM Catherine Perena (3.0 points), WFM Rulp Ylem Jose (2.0 points), WFM Marie Antoinette San Diego (2.0 points) and Mary Grace Tambasen (half point).-Marlon Bernardino-

Jan-27-13  bubuli55: And I thought we will finally see a Wesley - Carlsen match.
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  wordfunph: present for So - Duc Hoa!


Jan-27-13  batongol: Present
Jan-27-13  bubuli55: Eat sims 2may, dee boys op might or haz ritz dee pompom hauz. Dee tot dat pompoms ple eats ader ol taym 2 geyn points diminish the strength of opposition for the king of pompoms. So nabuhayan ang laro ni WC indyan.
Jan-27-13  batongol: Arngkada gm joey...
Baka ikaw na ang pwedeng maka tisod kay ngoc...
Jan-27-13  Glenn Bordonada: For photos of the Asian Zonal please visit:

Jan-27-13  Glenn Bordonada: Thanks to Reymundo Nillama for the pictures he sent.
Jan-27-13  geniokov: present!
Jan-27-13  salmar: present po, kanina naghihintay
Jan-27-13  geniokov: Hope GM Antonio will beat GM Ngoc para mga Pinoy ang makapasok!
Jan-27-13  alcausin: Any live link?
Jan-27-13  geniokov: Thanks for pictures <Master Glenn> Bata pa pala nung Bernadette Galas.
Jan-27-13  mightor: <Any live link?>

moves will be broadcast live courtesy of Master Glenn from the text messages of BW members direct at ringside from the Tagaytay International Convention Center.

Jan-27-13  alcausin: <mightor> I see. How generous.
Jan-27-13  bubuli55: Guadalajara sa mga noypi.
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