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  National Championships: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters
July 16 to 23, 2011
5th Floor Plaridel Hall, National Press Club (NPC) Intramuros, Manila, Philippines
 
 
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TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS
Grandmaster Wesley So Women International Master Catherie Pereña
Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Woman National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda
Grandmaster Mark Paragua Woman International Master Beverly Mendoza
Grandmaster Joseph Sanchez Woman National Master Jedara Docena
Grandmaster John Paul Gomez Woman FIDE Master Rulp Ylem Jose
Grandmaster Darwin Laylo Woman FIDE Master Cherry Ann Mejia
Grandmaster Roland Salvador Mira Mirano
Grandmaster Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla Woman National Master Janelle Mae Frayna
Grandmaster Eugene Torre Woman National Master Jenny Rose Palomo
International Master Oliver Barbosa Shania Mae Mendoza
International Master Richard Bitoon Woman FIDE Master Antoinette San Diego
International Master Rolando Nolte Woman Candidate Master Rowelyn Joy Acedo
International Master Jan Emmanuel Garcia  
International Master Yves Rañola  
 
     
 
PRESS STORIES
Awarding Day GRANDMASTER Wesley So made a wire-to-wire win in a round robin tournament look so easy.
The 17-year-old clinched the title in the National Chess Championships: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters after halving the point with GM Darwin Laylo in 32 moves of English Opening yesterday at the National Press Club.

So finished with 9.0 points, a full point ahead of his closest rivals in the tournament supported by Pilipinas Shell,  Manila Pavilion Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, NPC, Remate and Hataw (JSY Publication).
It was his fourth straight triumph in as many tries in the Battle of the Grandmasters, a brainchild of National Chess Federation of  the Philippines (NCFP) chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr.
The country’s highest rated player won his first four matches and cruised from there. He earned P150,000 for his effort.
“This is a very tough tournament. It may look easy dahil ako ‘yun nasa taas from the start pero alam naman natin na until the final round hindi sure kung ako ang magiging champion,” said So, who rallied in the homestretch to win the title last year.
With So already out of reach, GM Eugene Torre and International Master Oliver Barbosa quickly split the point against separate opponents.
Torre halved the point with GM Joseph Sanchez after 30 moves of Queen’s Pawn Opening while Barbosa drew with GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. after 30 moves of  London System.
Both Torre and Barbosa finished with 8.0 points, but the latter took runner up honors by the win-over-the-other rule.
In other matches, IM Rolando Nolte downed IM Yves Ranola after 33 moves of Sicilian; GM Mark Paragua halved the point with IM Richard Bitoon after 31 moves of Nimzo Indian; GM Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr. drew with IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia; and GM John Paul Gomez agreed to a truce with GM Roland Salvador after 31 moves of Slav. Woman FIDE Master Rulp Ylem Jose retained the title in the women’s division after taking the scalp of Rowelyn Joy Acedo in 36 moves of Queen’s Pawn Game. She finished with 9.0 points to collect the P40,000 top prize.
Bitoon vs. So GRANDMASTER Wesley So virtually wrapped up the title in the National Chess Championships: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters Friday night at the National Press Club.
The three-time defending champion halved the point with former trainer International Master Richard Bitoon after 65 moves of Sicilian Defense to raise his total to 8.5 points and maintain a full point cushion heading into the 13th and final round of the tournament supported by Pilipinas Shell, Manila Pavilion Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, NPC, Remate and Hataw (JSY Publication).
“I went for the win to clinch the title pero ‘di na kayang ipilit,” said So.
So needs only to draw his match against GM Darwin Laylo in the final round slated Saturday afternoon to emerge as solo champion for the fourth straight time in the Battle of the Grandmasters, a brainchild of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) chairman/president Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr.
GM Eugene Torre and IM Oliver Barbosa, So’s closest pursuers, failed to gain ground after settling for draws in the penultimate round.
Torre split the point with Laylo after 30 moves of King’s Indian Defense while Barbosa agreed to a truce with GM Joseph Sanchez.
The 59-year-old Torre will meet Sanchez while Barbosa will face GM Rogelio Antonio, Jr. in the final round.
After blowing his chances to get a GM norm with consecutive defeats, Nolte rebounded with back-to-back victories. He beat GM Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr. in the 12th round to push his total to 6.5 points.
Also making a late push was IM Yves Ranola, who scored his second straight win following a masterful 30-move conquest of GM Mark Paragua in their Reti Opening duel. In other matches, Antonio drew with GM John Paul Gomez after 30 moves of French while GM Roland Salvador halved the point with Ateneo junior varsity standout IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia.
 
 
 
     
 
TOURNAMENT RESULTS
Men's Pairing and Results
Round 13 on 2011/07/23 at 1300        
Bo. No.   Name Result    Name No.
1 7 IM Nolte Rolando  1 - 0 IM Rañola Yves  14
2 8 IM Garcia Jan Emmanuel  ½ - ½ GM Barcenilla Rogelio  6
3 9 GM Gomez John Paul  ½ - ½ GM Salvador Roland  5
4 10 IM Barbosa Oliver  ½ - ½ GM Antonio Rogelio Jr  4
5 11 GM Torre Eugenio  ½ - ½ GM Sanchez Joseph  3
6 12 GM So Wesley  ½ - ½ GM Laylo Darwin  2
7 13 GM Paragua Mark  ½ - ½ IM Bitoon Richard  1
Women's Pairing and Results    
Round 11 on 2011/07/23 at 1300        
Bo. No.   Name Result    Name No.
1 6   Fronda Jan Jodilyn  0 - 1 WFM Mejia Cherry Ann  12
2 7   San Diego Marie Antoinette  ½ - ½ WIM Pereña Catherine  5
3 8 WIM Mendoza Beverly  ½ - ½   Frayna Janelle Mae  4
4 9   Acedo Rowelyn Joy  0 - 1 WFM Jose Rulp Ylem  3
5 10   Mirano Mira  ½ - ½   Docena Jedara  2
6 11   Palomo Jenny Rose  0 - 1   Mendoza Shania Mae  1