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2012 National Open Chess Championships - Battle of Grandmasters - Men's Division results

2012 National Open Chess Championships - Battle of Grandmasters - Women's Division results

 

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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 26, 2012

 
 

Torre set to make history in Istanbul Olympiad

 
 

 

 
 

GRANDMASTER Eugene Torre's strong finish in the 2012 National Open Chess Championships didn't go unrewarded.
The 60-year-old brand new grandfather will make a record 21st appearance in the World Chess Olympiad as GM Julio Catalino Sadorra begged off to continue his studies at the Texas Tech University where he is taking B.S. Applied Mathematics.
This year's Olympiad is slated on August 27 to September 10 in Istanbul, Turkey.

"This is unexpected. I never envisioned myself representing the country in the biggest stage of chess competition as a senior citizen," said Torre, who will break a tie with Hungarian GM Lajos Portisch for the most number of stints in the Olympiad.

Portisch has played in 20 consecutive Olympiads while Torre has represented the country in 19 straight Olympiads and 20 overall – the first in Siegen, Germany in 1970 and the latest in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in 2010.
He credited his longevity and durability to a healthy lifestyle that includes regular workout in a popular gym.

"It's not just about talent anymore. My recent success is a testament of the importance of living a healthy life."

His amazing fitness is in full display during the tournament dubbed as the "Battle of the Grandmasters."
Instead of fading in a 15-match marathon, Torre won his last four matches to share third place with International Master Oliver Dimakiling although he missed the last outright seat to the Olympiad via tiebreak.
GM Mark Paragua won the tournament followed by Sadorra and Dimakiling.

Meanwhile, the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) headed by chairman/president Prospero "Butch" Pichay exercised its option to pick the last player in the team on GM Oliver Barbosa.
The country's top player, GM Wesley So, is seeded in the team and will man the top board followed by Barbosa, Torre, Paragua and Dimakiling.
Woman International Master Catherine Perena will anchor the women's team followed by Woman FIDE Master Rulp Ylem Jose and Woman National Masters Janelle Mae Frayna, Jedara Docena and Jan Jodilyn Fronda.

 
  -Noli Cruz  
     
 
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)