Philippines Sweeps Algeria in Round 5 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Women)

The headline may suggest it was an easy feat for Team Philippines, but if you look closer at individual games, it was not. Replay »

Bo.46Philippines (PHI)Rtg4 : 064Algeria (ALG)Rtg
23/1WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (w)22811 - 0WIMLatreche, Sabrina (b)2059
23/2WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (b)21281 - 0WIMMezioud, Amina (w)2043
23/3WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)21191 - 0WIMHamza, Amira (b)1918
23/4WFMMendoza, Shania Mae (b)19651 - 0WIMToubal, Hayat (w)1921
 

This win will put the Philippines Women squad at 27th place after Round 5, and will be up against Mexico in Round 6.

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Philippines Beats South Africa in Round 5 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Philippines wins anew in Round 5 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open section, this time against the 79th seed South Africa. With a score of 3½ against ½, only GM John Paul Gomez drew his game, the rest were wins, including the 4th win of GM Eugene Torre in 5 rounds. Replay »

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg3½: ½79South Africa (RSA)Rtg
24/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)25601 - 0GMSolomon, Kenny (b)2371
24/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492½ - ½IMCawdery, Daniel (w)2416
24/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)24471 - 0IMKobese, Watu (b)2350
24/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)24551 - 0IMVan den Heever, Donovan (w)2247
 

With this win, this puts the Philippines in 23rd place after 5 rounds, thus is set to meet tougher opponents in the next round.

True enough, it’ll be Philippines vs. Norway, home to the highest rated player in the world and the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, in Round 6.

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Philippines Wins Against Costa Rica in Round 4 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

GM Eugene Torre may not have been able to continue with his winning streak, as he was held to a draw by GM Bernal Gonzales Acosta of Costa Rica, but the rest of the games were wins for the Philippines. Thus, the score was 3.5-0.5. Replay »

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This win places the Philippines 43rd among the Open Section teams, and will be up against the 79th seed, South Africa. Continue reading “Philippines Wins Against Costa Rica in Round 4 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)”

Philippines (Women) Draws Against Canada in Round 4 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

It was Shania Mae Mendoza’s first game in the Baku Olympiad, and she won her game against Maili-Jade Ouellet of Canada, to even the score 2-2 in their match. Replay »

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The Philippines Women’s team are ranked 44th after this Round 4 draw. They will be up against Algeria in Round 5. Continue reading “Philippines (Women) Draws Against Canada in Round 4 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad”

Philippines vs. India; Round 3 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Women)

Although WIM Janelle Mae Frayna was able to stand her ground against grandmasters in the last two rounds of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, the other team members weren’t lucky enough as they faced their much stronger opponents.

Thus, Philippines lost to India 3.5-0.5:

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Philippines vs. Nigeria; Round 3 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Did you know that GM Torre, who’s playing his record 23rd Olympiad, is 3-0 so far?

It was third straight win for GM Eugenio Torre on his stint so far in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, as the Philippines beat Nigeria (3-1) in Round 3.

On the 4th board, however, IM Paulo Bersamino wasn’t successful in holding his game against the much lower rated player, CM Adeyinka Adesina. Continue reading “Philippines vs. Nigeria; Round 3 – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)”

Philippines vs. Paraguay Round 2 Results – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

Asia’s first Grandmaster, GM Eugene Torre, never failed to deliver so far in two rounds of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad. He won his game anew, this time in Round 2 against GM Jose Fernando Cubas of Paraguay in Board 3 of their match.

Sadly, that was the only win for Philippine team in Round 2 of Open Section. Julio Catalino Sadorra drew his game in Board 1. The rest lost their games.Replay »

PHI vs. PAR - R2 Results

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg-39Paraguay (PAR)Rtg1½:2½
35/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560-GMDelgado Ramirez, Neuris (b)2618½ - ½
35/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492-GMBachmann, Axel (w)26410 - 1
35/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447-GMCubas, Jose Fernando (b)24701 - 0
35/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455-GMFranco Ocampos, Zenon (w)24960 - 1

Check out Eugene Torre’s interview with Susan Polgar after the Round 1 games below: Continue reading “Philippines vs. Paraguay Round 2 Results – Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad”

Philippines Women Team Pulls an Upset Against the 4th Seed Georgia in Round 2 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

The Philippines Women Team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad pulled an upset against the 4th seed, Georgia, in Round 2.

The Philippines had an average rating of 2148 vs. Georgia that had an average rating of 2470. That’s 321 average rating difference. See the match-up and the individual games results below.

GEO vs. PHI - Round 2 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad (Women)

Bo.4Georgia (GEO)Rtg-46Philippines (PHI)Rtg1½:2½
5/1GMDzagnidze, Nana (w)2522-WIMFrayna, Janelle Mae (b)2281½ - ½
5/2GMKhotenashvili, Bela (b)2463-WIMFronda, Jan Jodilyn (w)21280 - 1
5/3IMBatsiashvili, Nino (w)2474-Bernales, Christy Lamiel (b)20651 - 0
5/4IMMelia, Salome (b)2419-WIMSecopito, Catherine (w)21190 - 1

This win boosted the team’s ranking to No. 29 after 2 rounds. (See here)

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In Round 3, the Philippines’ Women team will be up against the 5th seed, India. Can they pull another upset this time?

Tough Matches for Philippines in Round 2 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad

After winning all their 8 games in Round 1 for both Open and Women Section, the Philippine team are up against much tougher opponents in Round 2.Replay »

The Open Section team will be up against the 39th seed, Paraguay. The match up follows:

Philippines vs. Paraguay - Round 2 Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

Bo.53Philippines (PHI)Rtg39Paraguay (PAR)Rtg
35/1GMSadorra, Julio Catalino (w)2560GMDelgado Ramirez, Neuris (b)2618
35/2GMGomez, John Paul (b)2492GMBachmann, Axel (w)2641
35/3GMTorre, Eugenio (w)2447GMCubas, Jose Fernando (b)2470
35/4GMBarcenilla, Rogelio (b)2455GMFranco Ocampos, Zenon (w)2496

Meanwhile, the Women team will be facing the 4th seed, Georgia: Continue reading “Tough Matches for Philippines in Round 2 of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad”

Wesley So Wins Sinquefield Cup 2016

Three draws in the last three rounds were all it took for Wesley So to bag home the title.

With a score of 5.5 out of 9 games, with draws in the last three games, Wesley So emerged as the victor in this year’s Sinquefield Cup, the third leg of Grand Chess Tour 2016. That, despite of in the last round, Veselin Topalov had a winning position, which would have guaranteed him playoff games against So to determine the ultimate champion.

But in the end, Levon Aronian was able to hold off Topalov to a draw.Replay »

Results of the Round 9 games follow: Continue reading “Wesley So Wins Sinquefield Cup 2016”