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Wesley So in Isle of Man (Masters) 2016

Wesley So came in as 2nd seed at the start of Chess.com’s Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016 (Masters category), with an ELO rating of 2794. Throughout the duration of the tournament, he played 9 rounds against players with an average rating of 2709. He tallied 4 wins and 5 draws, for a score of 6.5 points, a performance rating of 2767 — below his current rating.

The table below summarizes the opponents and results of Wesley So’s games in Isle of Man 2016:

1Brunello, Marina2382So, Wesley27940-1
2So, Wesley2794Harika, Dronavalli25281/2-1/2
3So, Wesley2794Merry, Alan B23881-0
4Granda Zuniga, Julio E2648So, Wesley27940-1
5So, Wesley2794Rodshtein, Maxim26871/2-1/2
6Bok, Benjamin2594So, Wesley27941/2-1/2
7So, Wesley2794Salem, A.R. Saleh26501-0
8Nakamura, Hikaru2787So, Wesley27941/2-1/2
9So, Wesley2794Eljanov, Pavel27411/2-1/2

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Philippines wins against Italy in Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Women

Another strong finish by the Philippine Women’s team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

The 46th seed Philippines beats the 20th seed Italy in Round 10:

Bo.20Italy (ITA)Rtg1½:2½46Philippines (PHI)Rtg
16/1IMZimina, Olga (w)23890 - 1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)2281
16/2FMBrunello, Marina (b)23761 - 0WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)2128
16/3WFMMovileanu, Daniela (w)2268½ - ½Bernales, Christy Lamiel (b)2065
16/4WFMDi Benedetto, Desiree (b)21830 - 1WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (w)1965

Replay the Philippines vs. Italy Round 10 games below:Replay »

This win puts Philippines in rank number 23 after 10 rounds, and thus will face the tougher 12th seed, Lithuania, in the final round, board pairings below:

Bo.46Philippines (PHI)Rtg-12Lithuania (LTU)Rtg
12/1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (w)2281-GMCmilyte, Viktorija (b)2536
12/2WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (b)2128-IMDaulyte, Deimante (w)2421
12/3WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)2119-WIMZaksaite, Salomeja (b)2298
12/4WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (b)1965-WFMBatyte, Daiva (w)2189

Philippines Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Games to watch out for later in Round 10 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad:

Round 10 Open: Philippines vs. Scotland

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg-63Scotland (SCO)Rtg
29/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560-IMGreet, Andrew N (b)2455
29/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492-GMShaw, John (w)2454
29/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447-FMGourlay, Iain (b)2393
29/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455-FMBerry, Neil (w)2315

Round 10 Women: Philippines vs. Italy

Bo.20Italy (ITA)Rtg-46Philippines (PHI)Rtg
16/1IMZimina, Olga (w)2389-WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)2281
16/2FMBrunello, Marina (b)2376-WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)2128
16/3WFMMovileanu, Daniela (w)2268-Bernales, Christy Lamiel (b)2065
16/4WFMDi Benedetto, Desiree (b)2183-WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (w)1965

Philippines Lost to Italy in Round 7 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

GM Eugene Torre has yet to be defeated in the Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad so far. He’s had 2 draws and 5 wins so far in seven rounds, including his latest win against GM Axel Rombaldoni of Italy. But that was not enough to boost the team as the Philippines lost to Italy, 1 ½ to 2 ½ in Round 7 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

Replay the games of Round 7 below: Replay »

May 2016 FIDE Ratings List

The updated ratings for May 2016 are out. Here’s the the top 20:


See how 80% of the Top 10 are 90’s babies, i.e., they were born in the 1990’s. It speaks volumes about the quality of computer support these kids got especially when they were starting out.

Anyway, Wesley So retains his hold onto the 10th place, ahead of two former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.

The World Championship we are about to witness in November is between the No. 1 player Magnus Carlsen and No. 8 Sergey Karjakin. Looks like a heavily lopsided match to me, I dare say.

Check out the top 100 players here.