Tal Memorial 2016 Ranking After Round 2


In Round 1, we saw Ian Nepomniachtchi winning against Evgeny Tomashevsky, while in Round 2, Viswanathan Anand won against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Anish Giri toppled Boris Gelfand.

Thus, ranking after Round 2 follows: Continue reading “Tal Memorial 2016 Ranking After Round 2”

Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016

The Chess.com Isle of Man International Chess Tournament is happening next weekend, from Sat 1st to Sun 9th October 2016. The Masters section is a 138-player 9-round Swiss system of play.

Rate of play (Masters): 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves, with 30 seconds added per move from the start.

The top 20 participants in the Masters section follow:

GMCaruanaFabianoUnited States2808
GMNakamuraHikaruUnited States2789
GMSoWesleyUnited States2782
GMViditSantosh GujrathiIndia2669
GM HouYifanChina2658
GMGranda ZunigaJulioPeru2648

Check out the rest of the Masters participants here.

Official website.

Tal Memorial 2016

Another strong tournament is happening beginning this weekend. It is still strong, with an average rating of 2760, despite the absence of the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and the Americans (you know who).

See line up in the press release below:


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The Rapports

Chess24 had a great interview with the Rapport couple. Richard Rapport (ELO 2752) played Board 1 for Hungary Open team, while his wife Jovana is a WGM (ELO 2318) and also played Board 1 for Serbia Women’s team, in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

I think they’re a great chess couple:

The Rapports. Photo by: Camilla Jovard
The Rapports. Photo by: Camilla Jovard

And I wonder what Mr. Sinquefield has to say about bringing the Rapports to the U.S.?

Magnus Carlsen on the Olympiad

Norway, the country and team represented by the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, finished strong at fifth place in the last Olympiad.

But the tweets from Carlsen right after the conclusion of the event drew interests and intrigues among chess fans:

World Champion Magnus Carlsen tweets on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

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Eugene Torre and Philippine Chess


Ignacio Dee on Rappler:

Then he tightens the screws: a mating attack or an endgame. It makes no difference. In Baku, he was playing like he was in his 20s, with energy and not taking any breaks.

It is no wonder that many Filipinos who used to love chess passionately until their careers demanded their attention would comment joyfully, even Torre wins on Facebook.

We can celebrate the outstanding performance of GM Eugene Torre in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad all we want, but let’s not overlook the fact that when a 64-year-old Torre leads the Philippine team in the Chess Olympiad is reminiscent of the sorry state of Philippine Chess.

WGM Frayna Completed Her IM Norms as well in Baku

This is on top of the WGM title she already earned.

Philippine pride: Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada
Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada

It was reported earlier that Janelle May Frayna earned her WGM title. On top of that, she actually also completed all her required IM norms in Baku. Continue reading “WGM Frayna Completed Her IM Norms as well in Baku”

Baku 2016 42nd Chess Olympiad Winners

The United States and China took the gold in the Open and Women sections, respectively.

After 40 years of gold medal drought, the United States was finally able to bag home one in this year’s 42nd Chess Olympiad (Open Section) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Winners of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames + = -TB1TB2
12United StatesUSA1192020413.5

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Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Board Prizes Winners

At the conclusion of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, here are the Board Prizes winners for the Open Section. Board Prizes are awarded to top players in each board in terms of rating performance, not winning percentage nor game points.

Replay all the games of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open).

42nd Chess Olympiad Board Prizes Winners – Open


Board 1 Winners – Open

1GMJobava Baadur2665Georgia29268,080,010
2GMDominguez Perez Leinier2720Cuba28397,575,010
3GMCaruana Fabiano2808United States28387,070,010

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Philippines Lost to Australia to Settle for 58th Place in the Final Ranking (Open)

For the final round, GM Eugenio Torre delivered anew with a win for Team Philippines, but once again it was not enough, as GM John Paul Gomez on board 2 and GM Rogelio Barcenilla lost their games to the Aussies.

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg1½:2½45Australia (AUS)Rtg
21/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560½ - ½GMSmerdon, David C (b)2531
21/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)24920 - 1GMZhao, Zong-Yuan (w)2550
21/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)24471 - 0IMLy, Moulthun (b)2513
21/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)24550 - 1IMSmirnov, Anton (w)2482

Replay the Round 11 games below: Replay »

Thus, the Philippines, with 5 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses, takes the 58th place in the final ranking, down from their 53rd seed at the start of the tournament.