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September 2, 2012

 
 

THE GRITTY FILIPINOS LOST TO THE ARMENIANS AS WORLD NO.2 ARONIAN PRAISED SO;
BARBOSA, PARAGUA, BOTH PLAYING LIKE A GM WITH AN ELO RATING OF 2700---PICHAY

 
 

 

 
 

Manila, Philippines---Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So (2652) halved the point with World No.2 GM Levon Aronian (2816) after 51 moves of Ruy Lopez Opening using the advantageous white pieces in their top board encounter but wasn't good enough as the gritty Filipinos incurred its first team loss against the heavyweight Armenians, one of the toughest teams in the fourth round in the ongoing 40th FIDE World Chess Olympiad early Saturday morning (Manila Time) at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

GM Oliver Barbosa (2554) split the point with GM Sergie Movsesian (2698) after 37 moves of English Opening on Board Two, even GM Mark Paragua (2508) settled for a truce with GM Vladimir Akopian (2687) after 45 moves of Slav defense on Board Three.

GM candidate and International Master (IM) Oliver Dimakiling ( 2428) bowed to GM Gabriel Sargissian (2693) after 25 moves of Irregular Opening on Board Four.

National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr. lauded the impressive showing of the Filipinos who give Armenians a good fight.

 
 
 

"We lost against Armenia, a power house in the chess world but today we have shown to the whole world that the Philippine Chess is a future world power. No less than World no.2 Levon Aronian (2816)  sang praises Wesley So in an interview in Istanbul. Because he salvage a draw against a better position of Wesley So. I thought mukhang mananalo pa sana si Wesley." said Pichay, who watched the game live through internet which lasted seven hours back home here in Manila.

"Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua are both playing at their best, infact i think they (Barbosa and Paragua ) are playing like grandmasters with an Elo rating of 2700 that's why Armenia just eked out a hard earned victory against the Philippines in that crucial game," added Pichay.

Meanwhile, Aronian praised So in conversation with Chessdom.com editor-in-chief Goran Urosevic. “He (Wesley So) is a talented player from a country with great chess culture”. 

"Pasensiya na po masama ang laro ko kanina. Babawi na lamang po tau. Maraming salamat sa suporta n'yo po and God bless us to all," said the Davao City native Dimakiling in Ahedres ng Pilipinas facebook group.

 

THE gritty Filipinos on the day of their great battle against the heavyweight Armenians, one of the toughest teams in the fourth round in the ongoing 40th FIDE World Chess Olympiad early Saturday morning (Philippine Time) at the WOW Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.  (from left to right: IM Oliver Dimakiling, GM Mark Paragua, GM Oliver Barbosa and GM Wesley So)

 
     
 

Once again, for the 34th time So had preserved his “No-Loss Record Vs GMs with 2700+ rating“ this time against a 2800+ player by drawing his game in 51st move. 

This was the second time that So had played a 2800+ rated player, the first was against Bulgaria’s GM Veselin Topalov rated 2803 then, FIDE’s 2005 World Chess Champion & 2010 World Chess Championship challenger, where the game also ended in a draw, in the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia.

The 35th seed Filipinos,  who earlier beat the 112th seed Libyans, 4-0, the 26th seed Moldovans, 2.5-1.5, the 40th seed Kazakhs, 4-0, before losing to the Armenians, 1.5-2.5, was stuck at six points and was dropped into a tie for 16th to 36th placers along with their fifth round opponent No.51 Iceland, who edged No.72 Turkey, 2.5-1.5.

Asia’s first GM  Eugene Torre, who is making a record 21st  appearance in  the   Olympiad, will be playing according to Pichay and replacing Dimakiling.

The  long-time   Filipino champion is  still  mourning the death of  his  mother, whose  interment is scheduled  Saturday, Sept. 1 (Manila time).

The Olympiad is using a new scoring system that gives two points to a match win, a point to a draw and none to a loss and did away with the old practice of accumulating all the won and drawn games from all four boards.

In other notable men’s results,  Russia downed China, 3-1,  Ukraine  nipped Poland, 3-1, and Hungrary routed Slovakia, 3-1. USA and India battled to a 2-2 draw  as well Azerbaijan opposite Germany, and France versus England.

Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Hungrary remained on top with eight points.

 
 

The Phl’s women’s team, on the other hand, toppled Mexicans, 3-1,  to jump to a share of 13th to 31st placers with 18 others at six points.

WIM Catherine Perena, WNM Janelle Mae Frayna and WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda won their respective matches to negate WFM Rulp Ylem Jose's loss on board two.

The Filipinas, seeded 57th, will meet the 61st-seeded South Africans, who brought downed FYROM ,2.5-1.5, in the fifth round. 

Russia waylaid Czech Republic, 3-1, and France subdued Argentina, 3.5-0.5, in the  top women’s encounter to share the lead with eight points.

The Pinay woodpushers with NCFP Executive Director GM Jayson Gonzales, head coach (from left to right: WNM Jan Jodilyn Fronda, WNM Janelle Mae Frayna, WFM Rulp Ylem Jose and WIM Catherine Perena)

 
 
 

 

 
     
 
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