The only Super GM that came from the Philippines is GM Wesley So, who recently transferred to the US Federation. Other grandmasters include Julio Catalino Sadorra, Oliver Barbosa, Mark Paragua, John Paul Gomez, Joseph Sanchez, Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr., Richard Bitoon, Darwin Laylo, Rogelio Barcenilla, Buenaventura “Bong” Villamayor, and Eugene Torre.
The Philippines is currently at No. 46 in the world rankings (by average rating of top 10 players).
The last day of the challenge has finished, and Hikaru Nakamura came out to be the overall winner, followed by Wesley So with a full point behind. Garry Kasparov retained his 3rd rank from Day 1, and so did Fabiano Caruana, the champion of the US Chess Championship 2016, his tailender.
Wesley So’s round 10 win over Garry Kasparov was hailed by commentators as “one of the finest attacking game since Morphy!”. Here’s the game:
Wesley So lost his very first game in this tournament/challenge against the legendary Garry Kasparov, but he managed to get back at the latter in their next two matchups (thus, their score so far is 2-1 in favor of So). He even come out ahead of the pack at the end of the day. He who scored 5.0 out of 9 games — tied with Hikaru Nakamura in points but leads after the tie-break was applied.
You heard it right. It’s happening! In 6 blitz games.
As a bonus to the US Chess Championship 2016 event, the top 3 finishers, which of course include Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, and Hikaru Nakamura, all members of the top 10 in the recent FIDE Ratings List, will play in a 4-way sextuple round robin with the legendary Garry Kasparov. Continue reading “Wesley So vs. Garry Kasparov (2016)”
Three top ten players start in the US Championship 2016 and nominally it is the strongest US Championship of all times. But can you really compare today’s tournaments with those of the past? Andy Soltis takes a look at previous Championships that were surprisingly strong and concludes that in a historical context 2016 might not be “the strongest ever”.
Let Magnus Carlsen and the rest of the top 10 gang play, and sure you may call it the strongest US Championship ever.
My point is, if you ask the question, “Is the 2016 US Championship by native Americans the strongest ever?” Then the answer is NO!
In 2015 Wesley So’s US Championship was derailed when he lost a 6-move forfeit game against Varuzhan Akobian. This year they got to play a full game, or at least 24 moves, which was all it took for So to crush his opponent.