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 2016 China-USA Chess Grandmaster Summit Match sees Chinese no. 1 Ding Liren take on US Top 10 player Wesley So in a four-game match in Shanghai, China. The event takes place from 4-8 May in Shanghai Haiwan National Forest Park and is sponsored by Bright Food, with the winner taking $20,000 and the loser $10,000. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If the scores are tied after four games, two 25+10 rapid games are held, then, if necessary, two 5+3 blitz games, then 6 vs 5-minute Armageddon. Official website: www.cmsa.cn/category/612
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)”