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Round 1 on 2010/04/21 at 15:00




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Round 2 on 2010/04/22 at 15:00



For advance info:  there was a revised schedule reducing the Total nr of rounds to 9 (instead of 11 as originally planned).

Additionally, Games starts daily @ 15:00 (3PM) Philippine Time except for the 9th Round (last round) that will start @ 9:00 (9AM) !


So settles for draw, stays on top
By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:50:00 04/27/2010


SUBIC—Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So settled for a draw with GM Narayanan Gopal Geetha of India in the top board Monday but remained the solo leader in the 9th Asian Individual Chess Championship at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

Unable to find a winning line with black, the 16-year-old So agreed to split the point with Geetha after 32 moves of a Sicilian-Nadjorf variation.

After six rounds, So stayed at the helm of the 89-strong Open division with 5.0 points, boosting his chances for one of the five slots at stake for the 2011 World Chess Cup.

Tied for second with 4.5 points were Geetha, Mongolian Bayarsaikhan Gundavaa and Chinese GMs Ni Hua and Yu Yangyi, who also drew their board 2 encounter. The untitled Gundavaa stunned Chinese GM Zhou Weiqi.

So, the country’s top player with an ELO rating of 2665, needs only to draw his last three games to earn his second straight World Cup stint. He needs at least two victories to secure the title and the $6,000 that goes with it.

“I’ll play my game and see what happens,” said So, who is skipping college this school year to concentrate on chess so he can break into the elite 2700 club.

With the position unclear, So first offered the draw in the 30th move, which Gopal, ninth placer in the 2007 edition held in Mandaue City, declined.

Two moves, later, it was Gopal’s turn to seek a truce and So relented.


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So earns World Cup berth




Wesley So settles for 2nd, earns World Cup slot
Posted at 04/29/2010 5:26 PM Updated as of 04/29/2010 10:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So made a quick draw over Chinese GM Zhou Jianchao in the final round of the 9th Asian Individual Chess Championships on Thursday to secure a seat in the 2011 Chess World Cup in Khanty-Mansiyk, Russia.

So split the point with Zhou in 14 moves of the Berlin Opening or less than 10 minutes of play to finish in a tie for 2nd to 5th places at the Subic Exhibition and Convention Center in Subic, Olongapo City.
“I’m happy to make it to the World Cup again,” said So. “I really wanted to finish the tournament unbeaten, but I committed a slight mistake and he (Ni) was quick to capitalize.”
So finished with 6.5 points on 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the 9-round tournament organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP). He, thus, earned one of the 5 slots for the World Chess Cup.
GM Ni Hua of China, who dealt So his only defeat during the 7th round on Tuesday, topped the tournament with 7 points. He took home the top prize of $6,000.

Ni also quickly drew with GM Abhijit Gupta of India in the final round.

Joining Ni and So in the Chess World Cup are Gupta, Zhou and GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, who also tallied 6.5 points. So, Gupta, Zhou and Le each received $3,625.

Le clinched the 5th and last berth to the World Chess Cup by defeating GM Liren Ding of China.

Biggest revelation

The biggest revelation in the Asian Chess event was national junior standout Jan Emmanuel Garcia, who beat GM Saleh Salem of the United Arab Emirates to finish as the second best Filipino performer with 5.5 points.

The incoming 3rd year Ateneo de Manila high school student finished 17th overall.

The 14-year-old Garcia, a mainstay of the V. Luna Chess Club, also earned an International Master (IM) norm for his showing in the tough, 95-player tournament which had 32 Filipino participants.

GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr., meantime, settled for a draw with Xiu Deshun of China to finish with 5.5 points just like Garcia.

Antonio finished with 2 wins and 7 draws and wound up 21st after the tiebreak. He and Garcia pocketed $820 each.

IM Oliver Dimakiling trounced GM Eugene Torre, GM Darwin Laylo drew with Chinese Wang Li, GM John Paul Gomez halved the point with Vietnamese GM Dao Thien Hai, and IM Oliver Barbosa downed Chinese Chen Wang to lead a big group of players with 5 points.

Women’s game

In the women’s division, woman Grandmaster (WGM) Atousa Pourkashiyan bagged the title with a nine-round total of 7 points. She earned $3,000.

Pourkashiyan, seeded 12th in the 24-player field, drew with 2nd seed WGM Zyongyi Tan of China.

IM Wang Yu of China and woman FIDE Master (WFM) Ding Yixin of China shared 2nd to 3rd places with 6.5 points.

Top seed Wenjun Ju of China, meanwhile, finished with 5 points.

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Ni Hua., Pourkashiyan Win Asian Championships

Friday, 30 April 2010 23:36

Chinese GM Ni Hua and Iranian WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan won the 9th Asian Individual Championships held 20-30 April 2010 in Subic Freeport, Philippines. Ni Hua and Pourkashiyan both scored a total of 7 points out of 9 rounds to finish alone in first in their respective Open and Women's divisions. In photo, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Administrator Armand C. Arreza (center) and National Chess Federation of the Philippines Chairman/President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. award the runner-up trophy to local hero Wesley So.

The tournament was organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under the auspices of FIDE and the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) and hosted by the Subic Bay Management Authority (SBMA). The top five Men qualify for the next World Cup while the Asian Women's champion qualifies for the 2012 Women's World Championship. The Asian Individual Championships are now held annually and next year's edition shall be hosted by the Iran Chess Federation.



At the awards ceremony are, from left, NCFP Treasurer Red Dumuk, ACF Treasurer Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong, Le Quang Liem, Abhijeet Gupta, Wesley So, Ni Hua, SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza, NCFP Chairman/President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr., NCFP director Edmund Legaspi and ACF Deputy President Casto Abundo.


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Hi mates!!! It is a pleasure to find this site and also to see old good chess mate!!!. I will be visiting this site from time to time to share chess news and also to share with all wesley followers. I would like to send hello to an old friend called tim according to a common mate and i´m happy for hearing from him.

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Hi & Hello Bro  veigaman  !  Welcome you here ... glad to see u around !  Smile

we'll update you on Wes next Tourneys to join ... as soon as confirmation of dates are made available !  


Wow nice job, Mr. Joeyj. We can really use you to do paper works for Wesley, like for the chess coach. We got to go together to chairman sometimes...

danufane wrote: Sometimes I feel envy to those people who're so gifted in chess and have opportunity to enjoy high quality of chess mentor and study materials.. So has no coach by the way, if that's any consolation. :)

World's Top Juniors Race Towards 2700 (June 2010 UPDATE)


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Wesley So, the only player w/o a coach among the World’s Top 10 Juniors


Do you know that GM Wesley So PHI (2665) is the only player among the World’s Top 10 Juniors without a coach ?

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Wesley is an iceberg. For now, we're just seeing the tip of his prowess.


 Battle of GMs: So captures third straight title

Men’s champion Wesley So, right, and female winner Rulp Ylem Jose, are shown with National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) secretary-general and Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino during the award ceremony of the Phoenix Petroleum ‘Battle of GMs’ at the Character Hotel in Tagaytay City.

TAGAYTAY CITY --  Nobody, nobody but Wesley So.

So added  another chapter to his colorful career when he ruled the third Phoenix Petroleum  “Battle of GMs” national chess championships  for the third straight year at the Character Hotel here Wednesday.

The 16-year-old  So finished off  GM-candidate Ronald Dableo  in only 20 moves of the Larsen opening  to   clinch the title with an 11-round total of 8.5/10 points on seven wins and three draws in the prestigious tournament organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) in cooperation with Phoenix Petroleum and the Tagaytay City government.

So also pocketed the top prize of P200,000.

Dresden Olympian GM John Paul Gomez  settled for a draw with IM Richard Bitoon in 26 moves of the French defense to clinch runner-up honors with 7.5 points and earn P100,000.

GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. and IM Julio Catalino Sadorra, who subdued FM Haridas Pascua in 60 moves of the King’s India, shared third to fourth places with seven points.

They received P60,000 each.

Sadorra also wore the winner’s smile as he achieved  his second GM norm.

The United States-based Sadorra earned his first GM norm during the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup last 2008.

“I’m very happy to win this tournament again. So far, this is a very good year for me,” said  So, who also ruled the first two editions of the tournament held in  Manila in 2008 and in Dapitan City last year.
by Ed Andaya

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BW-SugarDom wrote:

Wesley is an iceberg. For now, we're just seeing the tip of his prowess.

Much more bro SugarDom ... if Wes prowess ... will be harnessed by a WorldClass Trainer/Coach !!!   Smile


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