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Torre set to make history in Istanbul Olympiad (7.26.2012)

Paragua tops 'Battle of the GMs' (7.25.2012)

Paragua joins Dimakiling on top (7.24.2012)

Dimakiling stays hot (7.23.2012)

Dimakiling beats Barbosa, gets GM norm (7.22.2012)

Dimakiling eyes 2nd GM norm (7.21.2012)

Dimakiling grabs solo lead in 'Battle of GMs' (7.20.2012)

Laylo tops Antonio, gains share of lead (7.19.2012)

Laylo, Antonio stay on top; Paragua wins 3rd straight (7.18.2012)

Laylo gains share of lead (7.17.2012)

Ceremonial Moves - Battle of Grandmasters - National Chess Championships 2012 (7.16.2012)

Boracay hosts Battle of the GMs (7.14.2012)

2012 BATTLE OF GRANDMASTER and
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS GRAND FINALS
(7.10.2012)

 

 

CHESS NEWS

 

July 14, 2012

 
 

Boracay hosts Battle of the GMs

 
 

 

 
 

BORACAY isn't just a showcase for beautiful people. It's for the brainy ones, too.

The country's top chess players will match wits in this island paradise beginning Saturday (July 14) with the staging of the 2012 National Open Chess Championships for men and women.

There will be two venues – the Paraw Club in Station 1, Boracay Island from July 14 – 20 and the the Cabagnot Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo Aklan from July 21– 26.

The event dubbed as "Battle of the Grandmasters" will determine the members of the Philippine Chess Team competing in the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, turkey on August 27 to September 10.

Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa (Elo 2554), the country's hottest player this year, will lead fellow GMs and six qualifiers in the race for the three outright slots in the men's team.

Top Filipino player GM Wesley So (Elo 2650) is already assured of a slot while the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by Chairman/President Prospero "Butch" Pichay, Jr. has the option to pick the fifth player of the men's team.

The other GMs in the field are Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr. (Elo 2548), John Paul Gomez (Elo 2539), Julio Catalino Sadorra (Elo 2525), Mark Paragua (Elo 2508), Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla (Elo 2501), Darwin Laylo (Elo 2489), Eugene Torre (Elo 2469), and Richard Bitoon (Elo 2442).

Heading the qualifiers are International Masters Oliver Dimakiling (Elo 2415) and Emmanuel Senador (Elo 2353), FIDE Masters Roderick Nava (Elo 2397), Haridas Pascua (2310) and Randy Segarra (Elo 2283) and 15-year-old Giovanni Mejia.

The event organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) offers P655,000 in prizes with the winner getting P150,000. GM and IM norms are also up for grabs.

Competing for the three outright slots in the women's are Woman International Masters Catherine Perena (Elo 2091) and Beverly Mendoza (Elo 2058), Woman Fide Masters Rulp Ylem Jose (Elo 2061), Jan Jodilyn Fronda (Elo 2022), Cherry Ann Mejia (Elo 1995) and Marie Antoinette San Diego (Elo 1922), Woman National Masters Jedara Docena (Elo 2061), Janelle Me Frayna (Elo 1991), and Shania Mae Mendoza (Elo 1806), Eden Tumbos (1776), Akiko Charmaine (1892) and Mikee Charlene Suede (1948).

NCFP will have the option to pick the other two players in the women's team.
The event is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) in coordination with the Boracay Chess Club, Gov. Carlito S. Marquez of Aklan, Lone District of Aklan Rep. Florencio T. Miraflores and Ang Kasangga Party List Rep. Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr.

 
  -Noli Cruz  
   
 
2012 BATTLE OF GRANDMASTER
NATIONAL OPEN FINALS
Participants:  
MEN  
   
  International Master Oliver Barbosa
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2554
   • Peak – 2554
  Best Finishes:
   • Co-champion – 2010 ASEAN Championship in Singapore
     • Champion – 2011 Campomanes Memorial Chess Tournament in Myanmar
     • Tied for 2nd – 2011 Moscow Open in Russia
     • Champion – AFPI National Rapid Chess Championship
    Career Highlights:
     • Earned first GM norm in 2011 Asian Individual Championship in Iran
     • Became an international master in 2007
 
  Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2548
   • Peak – 2589
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – National Chess Championship (12 times)
     • Champion – 17th North American FIDE Invitational
     • Champion – 2008 Motor City Open
     • Champion – 8th Universal Annual Swiss Chess Open
     • Silver Medalist – 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games men's chess team event (Board 2)
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the third Filipino GM in 1993
     • Veteran of several Chess Olympiads
     • Represented the country in the 2009 World Chess Cup
 
  Grandmaster John Paul Gomez
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2539
   • Peak – 2539
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – National Junior Championship (2001, 2002, 2006)
     • Champion – Philippine Chess Grand Finals (July, 2008)
     • Silver Medalist – 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games men's chess team event (Board 3)
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the 10th Filipino GM during the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad
     • Athlete of the Year of UAAP Season 71 and five-time UAAP MVP
 
  Grandmaster Julio Catalino Sadorra
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2525
   • Peak – 2525
   
   
 
  Grandmaster Mark Paragua
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2508
   • Peak – 2617
  Best Finishes:
   • Triple gold medal winner – 2003 Southeast Asian Games
     • Qualifier – World Chess Cup (2005, 2011)
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the country's fifth GM during the 2004 Alushta Summer Invitational Tournament
     • First Filipino to breach the 2600 Elo-barrier
 
  Grandmaster Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2501
   • Peak – 2518
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – Asian Junior Chess Championship (1989 in Dubai, UAE and 1991 in Calicut, Kerala, India)
     • 3rd – 1991 World Junior Championship in Mamaia, Romania
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the country's 12th GM during the Copper State International Chess Championship
 
  Grandmaster Darwin Laylo
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2489
   • Peak – 2556
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – National Chess Championship (2004, 2006)
     • Champion – 2009 Zone 3.3 Asian Chess Championship
     • Silver Medalist – 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games men's chess team event (Board 5)
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the seventh Filipino GM during the 2007 Asian Chess Championship in Mandaue, Cebu
     • Two-time Olympian
     • Represented the country in the 2009 World Chess Cup
 
  Grandmaster Roland Salvador
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2484
   • Peak – 2538
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – Roma, Italy International Open
     • Co-champion – 11th International Chess Tournament Fermo-Porto San Giorgio
     • Champion – 2000 Shell National Youth Active Chess
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the country's 13th GM after finishing tied for 1st in Fermo-Porto San Giorgio International Open
 
  Grandmaster Eugene Torre
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2469
   • Peak – 2580
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – 1976 Quadrangular Kings Challenge featuring then world champion GM Anatoly Karpov
     • Champion – 1982 Interzonal in Toluca, Mexico
     • Champion – 1991 Pan Pacific GM Tournament in San Francisco, USA
     • Champion – 2008 GMA Cup
     • Silver Medalist – 1974 Nice Chess Olympiad (Board 1)
     • Bronze Medalist – 1980 Malta Chess Olympiad and 1986 Dubai Chess Olympiad (Board 1)
     • Silver Medalist – 2010 Asian Games men's chess team event (Board 4)
    Career Highlights:
     • Became the first Asian GM during the 1974 Nice Chess Olympiad
     • Highest placed Filipino ever in world ranking at No. 20 (1983)
     • Veteran of 20 Chess Olympiads, including a string of 17 straight at Board 1
 
  Grandmaster Richard Bitoon
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2442
   • Peak – 2495
  Best Finishes:
   • Champion – 2008 Singapore Masters International • Chess Open
     • Silver medalist – 1999 Asian Chess Team Championship in Shenyang, China
    Career Highlights:
     • Trained GM Wesley So in the early stages of his career
 
  International Master Oliver Dimakiling
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2415
   • Peak – 2500
   
   
 
  FIDE Master Roderick Nava
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2397
   • Peak – 2400
   
   
 
  International Master Emmanuel Senador
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2353
   • Peak – 2453
   
   
 
  FIDE Master Haridas Pascua
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2353
   • Peak – 2368
   
   
 
  FIDE Master Randy Segarra
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 2283
   
   
   
 
  Giovanni Mejia
  Elo Rating:
   • Current – 1932
   • Peak – 1992
   
   
 
 
 
WOMEN              
               
  Woman International Master Catherine Pereña          
Elo Rating:          
 • Current – 2091          
 • Peak – 2247          
Best Finishes:          
 • Champion – 1st Battle of the Grandmasters (2008)          
     • Champion – National Open (2007, 2008, 2009)          
     • Bronze Medalist – 2005 Southeast Asian Games Sea Games women's blitz event          
     • Bronze Medalist – 2007 Asian Indoor Games rapid event in Macau          
    Career Highlights:          
    • 3-time Olympian          
     • Earned WIM norms in 2006 Turin Chess Olympiad and in 2007 JAPFA Chess Festival in Indonesia          
               
  Woman FIDE Master Rulp Ylem Jose          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 2061          
   • Peak – 2071          
   Best Finishes:          
   • Champion – 3rd Battle if the Grandmasters (women's)          
     • Bronze Medalist – 2010 GACC in Malaysia          
     • Champion – 2010 UAAP Women's Chess Team Competition          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Became WFM during the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Russia          
               
  Woman National Master Jedara Docena          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 2061          
   • Peak – 2061          
   Best Finishes:          
   • Champion – National GU-20 (2008 and 2009)          
     • Champion – 2009Singapore ChessChallenge          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Representedthe country in the 2006 Doha Asian Games          
     • Represented the country in 2010 World Chess Olympiad          
               
  Woman International Master Beverly Mendoza          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 2058          
   • Peak – 2182          
  Best Finishes:          
   • Bronze Medalist –2003 Vietnam Southeast Asian Games          
     • Champion – National Women's Championship          
     (multiple times)          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Veteran of several World Chess Olympiads          
               
  Woman National Master Jan Jodilyn Fronda          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 2076          
   • Peak – 2076          
  Best Finishes:          
   • 2nd –2011 Asian Youth GU-18          
     • 2nd – 2010 ASEAN Age Group GU-16          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Represented the country in various International Age Group competitions          
               
  Woman FIDE Master Cherry Ann Mejia          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1995          
   • Peak – 1995          
  Best Finishes:          
   • Silver Medalist – 2011 ASEAN Age Group GU-16          
     • Champion – National Age Group GU-16          
     • Silver Medalist – Secondary Girls Board 1          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Became WFM in 2009          
               
  Woman National Master Janelle Mae Frayna          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1991          
   • Peak – 1991          
  Best Finishes:          
   • Champion –2011 National Junior Championship GU-20          
     • 4th Place -- 2010 Asian Youth Chess Championship in Beijing, China           
     • Gold Medalist -- ASEAN + Age Group Championship          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Became WNM by winning the National GU-20          
     • Earned berth in the World GU-20 on August 1-16 in New Delhi, India           
               
  Mikee Charlene Suede          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1948          
   • Peak – 1949          
             
             
               
  Woman FIDE Master Antoinette San Diego          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1922          
   • Peak – 1922          
  Best Finishes:          
   • Gold Medalist – ASEAN Age Group GU-12          
     • Bronze Medalist – Asian Youth Chess Championship          
     • Champion –Palarong Pambansa (Team and Individual, 2010 in Tarlac City & 2011 in Dipolog City)           
    Career Highlights:          
     • Youngest ever Filipina WFM at age 12          
               
  Akiko Charmaine Suede          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1892          
   • Peak – 1945          
             
             
               
  Jean Karen Enriquez          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1841          
   • Peak – 1876          
             
             
               
  Shania Mae Mendoza          
  Elo Rating:          
   • Current – 1806          
   • Peak – 1806          
  Best Finishes:          
   • Champion –1st Jesli Lapus National Age Group ChessChampionship GU-12          
     • Silver Medalist – 12th ASEAN Age Group Chess ChmpionshipGU-14          
     • Bronze Medalist - 11th ASEAN Age Group Chess ChampionshipGU-12          
    Career Highlights:          
     • Represented the country in various International Age Group          
               
  Bernadette Galas          
   • Current – 1715          
   • Peak – 1715          
             
             
             
               
  Mira Mirano          
             
             
             
             
             
 
     
 
Related Links:
2012 National Open Chess Championships - Battle of Grandmasters - Men's Division results
2012 National Open Chess Championships - Battle of Grandmasters - Women's Division results
Related News:
Torre set to make history in Istanbul Olympiad (7.26.2012)
Paragua tops 'Battle of the GMs' (7.25.2012)
Paragua joins Dimakiling on top (7.24.2012)
Dimakiling stays hot (7.23.2012)
Dimakiling beats Barbosa, gets GM norm (7.22.2012)
Dimakiling eyes 2nd GM norm (7.21.2012)
Dimakiling grabs solo lead in 'Battle of GMs' (7.20.2012)
Laylo tops Antonio, gains share of lead (7.19.2012)
Laylo, Antonio stay on top; Paragua wins 3rd straight (7.18.2012)
Laylo gains share of lead (7.17.2012)
Ceremonial Moves - Battle of Grandmasters - National Chess Championships 2012 (7.16.2012)
Boracay hosts Battle of the GMs (7.14.2012)
2012 BATTLE OF GRANDMASTER and PHILIPPINE NATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS GRAND FINALS (7.10.2012)