Wesley So and the Filipino Chess Grandmasters/Filipino Chess Players

Discussion about Wesley So and the Filipino Chess Grandmasters. Also about other Pinoy chess players making waves in the local and international chess circle.
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  • No new posts Eugene Torre
    Eugene Torre is considered the strongest chess player the Philippines produced through the 1980s and 1990s period. Board 1 player of the Philippines in eighteen World Chess Olympiads. In 1974, then twenty-two years old he became Asia's first Grandmaster by winning the silver medal in the Chess Olympiad held in Nice, France. In a tournament in Manila in the 1976, Torre beat then reigning world chess champion Anatoly Karpov in a game that has become part of Filipino chess history. In 1982 he earned a spot the World Candidates Chess Championships, where he faced the legendary Zoltan Ribli. His Elo rating reached 2602 in 1985 and in 1986 Torre was ranked 40th in the world with an ELO Rating of 2619. He served as Fischer's second in the 1992 World championship against Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia. Torre is still performing consistently as of present by winning the 2008 Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup, an international chess tournament.
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      on Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:38 pm
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    • No new posts Rosendo Balinas
      Balinas was a seven-time Philippine chess champion. He was also considered the strongest Asian chess player during the 1960s and 1970s, before the emergence of Torre, Anand and the Chinese super GMs. A silver medalist at the 1966 17th World Chess Olympiad in Havana, Cuba. In the 1967 Meralco "Beat Bobby Fischer" match series in Manila, of the top 10 Filipino players, Balinas was the only then Philippine national master to hold the future World Chess Champion to a draw. Balinas notched GM title after his victory at the 1976 USSR (now Ukraine) Odessa International Tournament thereby became the first foreign player to win an international tournament in the Soviet Union since World Chess Champion Jose Raul Capablanca.
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        on Thu Jan 01, 1970 9:00 am
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      • No new posts Rogelio Antonio
        Rogelio M. Antonio Jr. received his first GM norm in Sydney, Australia (Mercantile Mutual GM tournament) second in Bacolod, Philippines and third in the Asian GM circuit in Baguio City, Philippines. He was conferred the GM title in 1993. He has played many times for the Philippines Olympiad team, mostly on board 2, behind Asia's first ever grandmaster Eugenio Torre. Antonio has a reputation for being one of the best-dressed grandmasters on the tournament circuit. A two-time World Chess Cup qualifier, 1999 and 2009. In 1999, he lost to then runner-up GM Vladimir Akopian of Azerbaijan. Akopian claimed that Antonio is the toughest opponent he faced in the said World Cup. Antonio is still active this days, he finished third in the 2009 Asian Continental Chess Championship earning a berth in the World Chess Cup.
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          on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:38 pm
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        • No new posts Buenaventura Villamayor

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            on Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:32 pm
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          • No new posts Nelson Mariano II
            Grandmaster Nelson Mariano II is both an accomplished professional chess player and an experienced chess coach who believes in the potential of each and every one of his students. Champion in the GM Circuit Singapore Pool, Singapore (1995), where he earned his first GM Norm. Second placer in the Under-25 World Chess Championship in Brazil (1996). He was a member of the Philippine Chess Olympiad Team in 2002 (Slovenia). In 2004, he earned his 2nd GM Norm at the Dubai Open in the United Arab Emirates. Later that year he earned his 3rd GM Norm when he came in champion at the Bangkok GM Circuit, and was awarded the coveted title of Grandmaster. He was voted Chess Player of the Year (2004) by the Philippines Sportswriters Association. In 2006, he was given the Distingushed Achievement Award by the University of the East for his achievements in the area of chess. In July 2008 he established his very own chess school in Singapore – ChessKidz – where he is now based.
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              on Sat May 30, 2009 11:27 pm
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            • No new posts Mark Paragua
              Paragua won the 1998 Disney World Rapid Chess Championship for Kids in Paris, France. He was the youngest Filipino master ever, at 9 years of age. He also became the youngest Filipino GM ever at 20 (until GM Wesley So erased it), beating out Eugenio Torre's record by about two years. He qualified for the 2004 World Championship in Tripoli, Libya. Paragua was eliminated by Super GM Viktor Bologan of Moldova in the first round 1-3. He also qualified for World Cup Chess 2005 (qualifying tournament for world championship). He upset Super GM Sergei Movsesian; formerly of Armenia now playing for Slovakia in the first round before narrowly losing in the tie breaker against an even stronger opponent in Alexey Dreev of Russia in the second round (Paragua drew both his games against Dreev in the regulation). Paragua become the first super Grandmaster (to reach 2600 mark) in Philippine history after he placed second in the Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championships.
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                on Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:49 am
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              • No new posts Darwin Laylo
                Laylo won the Philippine national championship in 2004 and 2006. These wins earned him a place on the Philippine Chess Olympiad teams in the 2004 Calvia Olympiad and in 2006 at Turin. In 2006 he picked up two GM norms, the first from the 2006 Malaysian Open, and the second at the 2006 Bad Wiesse tournament in Germany. His third and final norm came in the 2007 Asian Chess Championship in Cebu, Philippines. Laylo placed in the top ten of the 2007 Asian Chess Championship held in Cebu, Philippines, earning a place 2007 World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Laylo won the 2009 Zone 3.3 Asian Chess Championship and earning him anew a spot in the 2009 World Chess Cup.
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                  on Thu Jan 01, 1970 9:00 am
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                • No new posts Wesley So
                  Wesley So, who is currently considered as the strongest chess player from the Philippines, achieved the GM title at the age of 14 years, 1 month and 28 days, making him the 7th youngest person to achieve the Grandmaster title in the history of chess. Before becoming a Grandmaster, So had become the youngest Filipino International Master at the age of 12 years and 10 months. In January 2009, he achieved a rating of 2627, a Philippine national record, surpassing the Elo 2621 rating of GM Mark Paragua in April 2006. In 2006, Wesley So became the youngest member of the national men's team to participate at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy at the age of 12. In December of the same year, he also became the youngest National Open Chess Champion. In May 2007, he went on to become the youngest National Junior Open Chess Champion. Wesley won the gold medal on board one at the 2007 World Under 16 Team Championship with a score of 9½/10. Wesley got his first GM norm in Germany and his second GM norm in the 2007 World Junior Chess Championship in Armenia. He achieved his third and final Grandmaster norm at the third Pichay Cup in Manila, Philippines, thus becoming the youngest Filipino Grandmaster at the age of 14. Winning the 2009 Corus chess tournament for the Grandmaster C group, 2008 Dubai Open Chess Championships, Battle of RP GMs were just among the list of his titles achieved so far in his very young age.
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                    on Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:15 pm
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                  • No new posts Jayson Gonzales
                    Gonzales is a multi-titled Filipino chess Grandmaster, who has won numerous competitions locally and abroad. He earned his first two GM norms in the Calvia Open in Calvia, Spain in 2004 and the Asian Zonal eliminations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2005. A native of Libon, Albay, he earned his GM title due to his outstanding performance during the inaugural leg of the ASEAN Masters Chess Circuit in Tarakan, Indonesia and the Philippines vs. Myanmar Dual Chess Championships making Gonzales the country’s 9th GM.
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                      on Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:44 pm
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                    • No new posts John Paul Gomez
                      Gomez is the 10th Filipino chess Grandmaster. He earned his full International Grandmaster title by virtue of his sterling performance during the 2008 Dresden Chess Olympiad together with the previous norm earned in the Philippine Grand Finals held last July 2008 wherein he was the champion. A three time Philippine National Junior Champion, Gomez was also the UAAP Athlete of the Year for Season 71 and five time UAAP MVP playing for De La Salle University.
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                        on Sun May 29, 2011 3:29 pm
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                      • No new posts Joseph Sanchez
                        A Mandaue born chesser who’s now based in Europe, Sanchez became the RP’s 11th Grandmaster. He earned his first grandmaster norm by tying for first place in the 2008 Festival International Des Jeux in Cannes, France. He clinched his third and final GM norm at the 23rd Cannes International Chess Festival in France. The Cebuano pride served second and coach to GM Mark Paragua during his early years.
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                        • No new posts Rogelio Barcenilla
                          Rogelio "Banjo" Barcenilla owns the monicker of "Undertaker" in the chess world. Former Asian Junior Champion. Former varsity of San Sebastian College. Currently based in USA along with his wife former Olympian Woman National Master (WNM) Lilibeth Lee. Barcenilla gained his first two norms following strong efforts in a closed GM event in Jakarta, Indonesia and the 1996 Yerevan Olympiad. He won his final GM norm in the 2009 Copper State International Chess - Arizona, USA.
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