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Philippines vs. India; Round 3 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Women)

Although WIM Janelle Mae Frayna was able to stand her ground against grandmasters in the last two rounds of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, the other team members weren’t lucky enough as they faced their much stronger opponents.

Thus, Philippines lost to India 3.5-0.5:

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Philippines vs. Nigeria; Round 3 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Did you know that GM Torre, who’s playing his record 23rd Olympiad, is 3-0 so far?

It was third straight win for GM Eugenio Torre on his stint so far in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, as the Philippines beat Nigeria (3-1) in Round 3.

On the 4th board, however, IM Paulo Bersamino wasn’t successful in holding his game against the much lower rated player, CM Adeyinka Adesina. Continue reading “Philippines vs. Nigeria; Round 3 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)”

Philippines vs. Paraguay Round 2 Results – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Asia’s first Grandmaster, GM Eugene Torre, never failed to deliver so far in two rounds of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. He won his game anew, this time in Round 2 against GM Jose Fernando Cubas of Paraguay in Board 3 of their match.

Sadly, that was the only win for Philippine team in Round 2 of Open Section. Julio Catalino Sadorra drew his game in Board 1. The rest lost their games.Replay »

PHI vs. PAR - R2 Results

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg-39Paraguay (PAR)Rtg1½:2½
35/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560-GMDelgado Ramirez, Neuris (b)2618½ - ½
35/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492-GMBachmann, Axel (w)26410 - 1
35/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447-GMCubas, Jose Fernando (b)24701 - 0
35/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455-GMFranco Ocampos, Zenon (w)24960 - 1

Check out Eugene Torre’s interview with Susan Polgar after the Round 1 games below: Continue reading “Philippines vs. Paraguay Round 2 Results – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad”

Philippines Women Team Pulls an Upset Against the 4th Seed Georgia in Round 2 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

The Philippines Women Team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad pulled an upset against the 4th seed, Georgia, in Round 2.

The Philippines had an average rating of 2148 vs. Georgia that had an average rating of 2470. That’s 321 average rating difference. See the match-up and the individual games results below.

GEO vs. PHI - Round 2 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Women)

Bo.4Georgia (GEO)Rtg-46Philippines (PHI)Rtg1½:2½
5/1GMDzagnidze, Nana (w)2522-WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)2281½ - ½
5/2GMKhotenashvili, Bela (b)2463-WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)21280 - 1
5/3IMBatsiashvili, Nino (w)2474-Bernales, Christy Lamiel (b)20651 - 0
5/4IMMelia, Salome (b)2419-WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)21190 - 1

This win boosted the team’s ranking to No. 29 after 2 rounds. (See here)

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In Round 3, the Philippines’ Women team will be up against the 5th seed, India. Can they pull another upset this time?

Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Rankings after Round 1

Except for the unlikely turnout of 2-2 in the Bulgaria (headed by no other than Veselin Topalov) against the 110th seed, Sudan, every other results seems to be according to their rankings.

Replay all the Round 1 games: Open | Women.

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Thus the rankings after Round follow: Continue reading “Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Rankings after Round 1”

Tough Matches for Philippines in Round 2 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

After winning all their 8 games in Round 1 for both Open and Women Section, the Philippine team are up against much tougher opponents in Round 2.Replay »

The Open Section team will be up against the 39th seed, Paraguay. The match up follows:

Philippines vs. Paraguay - Round 2 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg39Paraguay (PAR)Rtg
35/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560GMDelgado Ramirez, Neuris (b)2618
35/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492GMBachmann, Axel (w)2641
35/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447GMCubas, Jose Fernando (b)2470
35/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455GMFranco Ocampos, Zenon (w)2496

Meanwhile, the Women team will be facing the 4th seed, Georgia: Continue reading “Tough Matches for Philippines in Round 2 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad”

Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Round 1 Pairings

Round 1 is scheduled to start today.

As is the usual case with the Swiss system, in Round 1 the top seed gets to face the middle seeded player/team. Thus, the higher half of the tournament participants in terms of their seed number are usually pitted against the much lower rated/seeded player/team in the first round.

We expect not much tension yet in Round 1.

The Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad playing hall. Photo courtesy of Chess Daily News.
The Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad playing hall. Photo courtesy of Chess Daily News.

As such, let’s check out the team pairings in the pages that follow.

FIDE Ratings Update — September 2016

It’s the beginning of the month, and thus a new ratings update. A lot of rearrangements happen in the Top 20, but the composition is basically still the same.

Fabiano Caruana gained 1 ELO rating point to catch up with Vladimir Kramnik at 2808. Wesley So gained 11 ELO rating points (2782) from his stellar performance in Sinquefield Cup, but that was not enough to catch up with Hikaru Nakamura at number 6 (2789). Anish Giri shaved off some 14 points, from 2769 to 2755, and slid down from number 9 to number 12 in September.

Below is the Top 20 table, but you may check out the full Top 100 here.

FIDE Ratings Top 20 - September 2016

RkNameTi.FedRtgGmsB-Year
1Carlsen, MagnusgNOR285701990
2Vachier-Lagrave, MaximegFRA281391990
3Caruana, FabianogUSA280891992
4Kramnik, VladimirgRUS280801975
5Aronian, LevongARM279591982
6Nakamura, HikarugUSA278991987
7So, WesleygUSA278291993
8Anand, ViswanathangIND277691969
9Karjakin, SergeygRUS276901990
10Topalov, VeselingBUL276891975
11Mamedyarov, ShakhriyargAZE276171985
12Giri, AnishgNED275591994
13Grischuk, AlexandergRUS275401983
14Ding, LirengCHN275391992
15Harikrishna, P.gIND275201986
16Rapport, RichardgHUN275201996
17Li, Chao bgCHN274691989
18Svidler, PetergRUS274591976
19Gelfand, BorisgISR274301968
20Navara, DavidgCZE274201985
Check out the full Top 100 List.