Eugene Torre and Philippine Chess

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Ignacio Dee on Rappler:

Then he tightens the screws: a mating attack or an endgame. It makes no difference. In Baku, he was playing like he was in his 20s, with energy and not taking any breaks.

It is no wonder that many Filipinos who used to love chess passionately until their careers demanded their attention would comment joyfully, even Torre wins on Facebook.

We can celebrate the outstanding performance of GM Eugene Torre in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad all we want, but let’s not overlook the fact that when a 64-year-old Torre leads the Philippine team in the Chess Olympiad is reminiscent of the sorry state of Philippine Chess.

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WGM Frayna Completed Her IM Norms as well in Baku

This is on top of the WGM title she already earned.

Philippine pride: Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada
Janelle Mae Frayna playing in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: David Llada

It was reported earlier that Janelle May Frayna earned her WGM title. On top of that, she actually also completed all her required IM norms in Baku. Continue reading “WGM Frayna Completed Her IM Norms as well in Baku”

Baku 2016 42nd Chess Olympiad Winners

The United States and China took the gold in the Open and Women sections, respectively.

After 40 years of gold medal drought, the United States was finally able to bag home one in this year’s 42nd Chess Olympiad (Open Section) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Winners of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames + = -TB1TB2
12United StatesUSA1192020413.5
25UkraineUKR11100120404.5
31RussiaRUS1182118419
 

Continue reading “Baku 2016 42nd Chess Olympiad Winners”

Philippines Lost to Australia to Settle for 58th Place in the Final Ranking (Open)

For the final round, GM Eugenio Torre delivered anew with a win for Team Philippines, but once again it was not enough, as GM John Paul Gomez on board 2 and GM Rogelio Barcenilla lost their games to the Aussies.

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg1½:2½45Australia (AUS)Rtg
21/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560½ - ½GMSmerdon, David C (b)2531
21/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)24920 - 1GMZhao, Zong-Yuan (w)2550
21/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)24471 - 0IMLy, Moulthun (b)2513
21/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)24550 - 1IMSmirnov, Anton (w)2482
 

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Thus, the Philippines, with 5 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses, takes the 58th place in the final ranking, down from their 53rd seed at the start of the tournament.

Philippines lost to Lithuania; Settled for 34th Place Final Ranking (Women)

Lithuania proved to be too tough to handle for the Philippines Women team, as they lost 3-to-1 in the tally sheet, in the 11th and final round of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

Bo.46Philippines (PHI)Rtg1 : 312Lithuania (LTU)Rtg
12/1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (w)22810 - 1GMCmilyte, Viktorija (b)2536
12/2WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (b)21280 - 1IMDaulyte, Deimante (w)2421
12/3WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)21191 - 0WIMZaksaite, Salomeja (b)2298
12/4WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (b)19650 - 1WFMBatyte, Daiva (w)2189
 

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As a result, the Philippines Women team settled for 34th place in the final ranking, up from their 46th seed at the start of the tournament.

WGM Janelle Mae Frayna

GM Jayson Gonzales, coach to the Philippines Women team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, announced in a press release:

I’m proud to announce that WIM (Woman International Master) Janelle Mae Frayna achieved the third and last result to become the first Woman Grandmaster from the Philippines.

Janelle Mae Frayna in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: Baku Chess Olympiad.
20-year-old Janelle Mae Frayna in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. Photo credit: Baku Chess Olympiad.

Frayna achieved her third and final WGM norm in her drawn game in Round 9 of Baku Chess Olympiad against IM Daavademberel Nomin-Erdene of Mongolia. Continue reading “WGM Janelle Mae Frayna”

Philippines Sweeps Scotland in Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

The 53rd seed Philippines wins all boards against the 63rd seed Scotland in Round 10 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.

GM Eugene Torre continues with his winning streak in this event, now with 8 wins and 2 draws, for a total score of 9 points out of 10 games.

Games Results: Philippines vs. Scotland, Round 10 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg4 : 063Scotland (SCO)Rtg
29/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)25601 - 0IMGreet, Andrew N (b)2455
29/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)24921 - 0GMShaw, John (w)2454
29/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)24471 - 0FMGourlay, Iain (b)2393
29/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)24551 - 0FMBerry, Neil (w)2315
 

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With this win, the Philippines is ranked number 39 after 10 rounds, and is set to face the 45th seed Australia in the final round.

Board pairings of Philippines vs. Australia follows:

Board Pairings: Philippines vs. Australia, Round 11 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg-45Australia (AUS)Rtg
21/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560-GMSmerdon, David C (b)2531
21/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492-GMZhao, Zong-Yuan (w)2550
21/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447-IMLy, Moulthun (b)2513
21/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455-IMSmirnov, Anton (w)2482
 

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
 

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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
 

Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Ranking After Round 9

Nine rounds down, and two more to go, and it’s a close race among the United States and Ukraine, both with 16 match points and Russia with 15 match points, in the Open Section. The defending champion, China, appears out of contention for the title as it currently has 12 match points and now at number 21 in the ranking.

Open Ranking After Round 9

Rk.SNoTeam + = -TB1TB2TB3TB4
12United States of America7201628426.5103
25Ukraine8011626724.5106
31Russia7111529027104
420Georgia62114235.523.598
517Czech Republic62114235.522105
69India7021423423.5102
725Canada61213247.52695
84Azerbaijan 1612132352499
946Iran531132292495
106England61213224.522100
1121Latvia61213218.52295
1235Moldova6121321824.590
1332Vietnam61213214.52389
1427Greece45013211.521.594
1529Slovenia53113210.523.591
1612Norway61213205.52192
1714Spain61213203.52195
1847Chile612132012583
1934Peru61213188.52288
2036Italy5311318822.585
213China60312226.52495
2210Hungary6031222624.593
2311Netherlands60312222.52398
2419Turkey52212221.524.591
257Poland52212217.52490
268France44112210.52488
2723Belarus5221220922.592
2860Portugal52212199.52482
2945Australia6031219122.586
3044Iceland5221219022.588
3133Brazil60312173.521.582
3251Lithuania60312166.52375
3328Azerbaijan 251311217.523.589
3424Serbia513112032196
3515Cuba51311202.521.593
3631Uzbekistan51311199.52679
3713Germany513111962194
3816Israel513111942383
3942Denmark513111922286
4030Romania5131118820.593
4139Paraguay5131118520.592
4255Qatar432111812280
4348Switzerland51311180.52381
4440Austria51311177.52381
4556Venezuela51311167.522.575
4618Croatia51311167.519.586
4777Tajikistan51311165.52182
4861Estonia43211161.520.577
4952Colombia51311159.521.579
5069Ireland513111582177
5157Mongolia51311153.518.585
5262Turkmenistan51311142.51985
5366Albania51311138.52176
5437Kazakhstan42310196.523.585
5541Bosnia & Herzegovina504101892382
5653Philippines4231018522.585
5726Argentina4231018219.594
5838Sweden504101762283
5950Montenegro423101711892
6022Bulgaria42310168.518.587
6159Singapore50410163.520.585
6281Algeria504101612079
6395Bolivia42310154.52171
6443Egypt504101542374
6574Mexico50410150.52170
6665FYROM42310145.520.580
6767Indonesia504101442275
6883Zambia423101442172
6997Japan42310139.519.572
7063Scotland504101372081
7176Azerbaijan 350410130.521.568
7284Faroe Isles504101271876
7349Slovakia414918122.587
7458Bangladesh414916521.581
7554Finland4149142.51979
7682Ecuador4149141.52170
7778Kyrgyzstan41491382076
7871Monaco4149137.517.583
7970Costa Rica4149131.518.579
8064Belgium333913019.577
8179South Africa4149128.51879
8299Wales41491241683
8390IBCA4149123.51777
84121Cyprus3339122.51968
8573Uruguay4149122.517.576
8668United Arab Emirates333911717.581
87127Nepal4149115.518.569
88137Chinese Taipei33391081672
89102Nicaragua4149107.515.577
90100Thailand4149106.517.571
9193Iraq414910616.574
92103Barbados4149104.51964
9392Zimbabwe4149102.51579
94119Malta41498115.568
9585Luxembourg3248131.51679
9698Morocco3248129.51973
9786New Zealand3248125.519.568
9891Jordan405812419.577
9987Nigeria405812418.569
100104Malaysia324812216.578
10180Dominican Republic4058114.51672
102107Myanmar4058113.516.574
103152Afghanistan324811017.562
104110Sudan2438108.517.560
10575IPCA32481061870
10672ICCD4058105.51678
107124Sri Lanka3248101.51672
108109Pakistan4058981575
10996Angola4048971866
110114Honduras405896.51770
111106El Salvador324895.51570
11289Kosovo *405894.515.579
113105Lebanon3248931469
114176South Sudan405892.516.562
115126Mauritius4058891759
116117Mozambique324888.51474
117130Surinam4058861667
118129Palestine324884.515.564
119135Botswana3248821666
120147Bahrain405880.514.565
121112Uganda403876.512.563
122138Saudi Arabia4058751463
123101Syria315711218.570
124140Netherlands Antilles2347108.517.560
12588Andorra3157102.514.578
126115Jamaica315789.514.571
127125Namibia315786.514.570
128123South Korea31578314.571
129116Panama3157831372
130143Guernsey315782.517.551
13194Guatemala3157681269
132122Tunisia3157661269
133148Macau315762.511.559
134141Mauritania315759.51256
135145Jersey31575912.559
136113Trinidad & Tobago3066961568
137164Ivory Coast22568713.567
138128Kuwait225686.51368
139118Libya3066801274
140132Hong Kong306678.514.567
141131Malawi224678.51361
142133Ethiopia30667813.569
143120Brunei225677.51365
144108Madagascar22467512.573
145154Maldives3066741466
146111Puerto Rico306671.513.578
147175Somalia30666713.557
148153Fiji2256581359
149155Aruba306655.512.557
150150Guam306642.510.556
 

Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)
Tie Break2: Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break without lowest result (Khanty-Mansiysk)
Tie Break3: points (game-points)
Tie Break4: Sum Matchpoints (2,1,0) without lowest result (Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk)

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.

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