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”

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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”

Aronian Beats Nakamura in Round 8 to Stay in Contention in Sinquefield Cup 2016 

Although Levon Aronian lost to MVL in Round 6, he regained composure after Round 8 of Sinquefield Cup 2016, as he defeated the American Hikaru Nakamura, to be back in contention for the title. Also, in Round 8, Peter Svidler had his first win in the tournament, this time against Anish Giri.

Levon Aronian in Sinquefield Cup 2016
Levon Aronian in Sinquefield Cup 2016. Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour.

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More Draws Anew in Round 7 of Sinquefield Cup 2016

More draws happened in Round 7 of Sinquefield Cup 2016. In fact, all 5 games were drawn. Replay »

What have we discerned from this round? Apparently, Wesley So has yet to beat Peter Svidler in his lifetime.

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Round 7 Key Matchup. Photo credit: Grand Chess Tour

And Levon Aronian has a sense of humor: Continue reading “More Draws Anew in Round 7 of Sinquefield Cup 2016”

Wesley So Beats Topalov in Round 6 and Takes the Sole Lead in Sinquefield Cup 2016

It was an action-packed round, which includes games won by Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

After we’ve seen 14 draws out of 15 games in the last three rounds, we finally saw real action in Round 6 of Sinquefield Cup 2016. 3 out of 5 games were decided, the biggest of which was where Wesley So beat the tournament leader at the start of this round, Veselin Topalov, and reclaim the solo lead, and with a clear half point lead this time.

The other winners of the round were Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (over Levon Aronian) and Ding Liren (against Peter Svidler). Summary of the results follows:

Sinquefield Cup 2016 Round 6 Results

NameRtgRes.NameRtg
Levon Aronian27710-1M. Vachier-Lagrave2819
Hikaru Nakamura27311/2-1/2Fabiano Caruana2807
Ding Liren27931-0Peter Svidler2751
Wesley So27791-0Veselin Topalov2761
Anish Giri27651/2-1/2Viswanathan Anand2770

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Thus, after the action-packed Round 6, the ranking is as follows: Continue to view the ranking »