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).
Wesley So settled for draw after a three-fold repetition against Daniel Naroditsky in the final Round 11 of US Chess Championship 2017 after just 14 moves. Wesley was so disappointed he was forced by Naroditsky to a draw, he hurriedly went out of the playing building and refused to give interviews.
I did not force the draw, Daniel did. I was set for a long fight today knowing he needs a full point to get into World Cup. Shocked me that he forced the draw.. In this interview he explains his decision (needs to write his terms papers for submission Monday morning and does not like Berlin).
Dubbed as the World’s Strongest Chess Tournament, Altibox Norway Chess 2017, which is scheduled to happen June 5 to 17 this year, was able to gather to play the current (February 2017) top 10 players in the world:
Eight of the top ten players are set to participate in the 2017 edition of the Grand Chess Tour. One rapid and blitz event was added to the events line-up from last year, i.e., the Saint Louis Rapid, which should follow soon after the Sinquefield Cup.
It’s a great year ahead, indeed, for chess fans for 2017.