Sinquefield Cup 2016 Awarding Ceremony Pictures

Doesn’t Wesley So look good with the trophy and in barong?


Check out the pictures taken during the Sinquefield Cup 2016 awarding (closing) ceremony:

Photos credit: Lennart Ootes: Website | Twitter

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Philippines Contingents to the Buka 2016 Chess Olympiad (Open)

Philippines Contingents to the Buka 2016 Chess Olympiad
Philippines Contingents to the Buka 2016 Chess Olympiad

More details can be found here.


The line up has been updated, as follows:

Philippines Team in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open

GMJulio Catalino Sadorra2538
GMJohn Paul Gomez2492
GMEugenio Torre2447
GMRogelio Barcenilla2455
IMPaulo Bersamina2402

Read: GM Joey Antonio is out of Philippines’ roster for Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad Open.

Sadorra wins Manhattan Open 2016

GM Julio Catalino Sadorra is a Filipino pride.

U.S.-based Filipino grandmaster, GM Julio Catalino “Ino” Sadorra, won the recently concluded Manhattan Open 2016.

The 15th Annual Manhattan Open was a 5-round chess tournament held from July 29-31, at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Ave. (32nd-33rd St, across from Penn Station), New York, NY. The event had 6 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 1900, Under 1600, Under 1300 and Under 1000, and the playing format was 5-round Swiss with time control 40/100, SD/30, d10.

The top 10 finishers of the Open section are listed below.

Manhattan Open 2016 Standings Top 10

1GM Julio C Sadorra2655TX4.51st$2100.00
2GM Zviad Izoria2679NY4.02nd-4th$285.71
3GM Alexander Stripunsky2647NJ4.02nd-4th$285.71
4GM Robert L Hess2646NY4.02nd-4th$285.71
5GM Alejandro Ramirez2642TX4.02nd-4th$285.71
6GM Sergey Kudrin2562CT4.02nd-4th$285.71
7GM Niaz Murshed2534PA4.02nd-4th$285.71
8GM Michael A Rohde2513NY4.02nd-4th$285.71
9GM Tamaz Gelashvili2658NY3.5
10Joseph Zeltsan2151NY3.51st U2400$600.00
Check out the rest of the standings here.

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APECC Non-Master Executive Chess Tournament — July 2016

The APECC Executive Chess Tournament was held last Saturday, and I have a feature video of the event.

The July 2016 edition of the APECC Non-Master Executive Chess Tournament was held last Saturday, July 9, 2016, in the Philippine Navy Officers’ Clubhouse, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. It was a rated, 18-player, 6-round Swiss system tournament for executives and professionals who are rated 2000 and below by the NCFP, with a total prize fund of PhP10,500 plus trophies and medals.

Check out the feature video below I created from the event:

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World’s Youngest FIDE Master

Would you agree that FM Alekhine Nouri is another Wesley So in the making?

Alekhine Nouri became the world’s youngest FIDE Master (FM) after winning the 14th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Thailand in 2013. Born in Negros in December 12, 2005, Alekhine was named after the former world champion Alexander Alekhine.

For me, I’m quite skeptical about FIDE awarding FM titles to the winners of U8 (under 8 years old) continental tournaments when their rating is yet way below 2300 (FM titles are usually conveyed to players with Elo rating of 2300 or more). Kids may not be able to follow up their strong performance with even bigger feats in the future. Continue reading “World’s Youngest FIDE Master”

Battle of the Grandmasters 2016

Now, the more interesting question: Is the 18-year-old Paulo Bersamina the next mainstay of Philippine chess?

The Battle of the Grandmasters — the 2016 (Philippines) National Chess Championship Grand Finals is underway and off to its last round (Round 13) today.

6 Filipino grandmasters joined the Open Division.

Standings of the Open Division at the end of Round 12 follow: Continue reading “Battle of the Grandmasters 2016”

APECC Executive Chess Tournament — June 2016

Ayala-Paseo Executive Chess Club (APECC) held a tournament last week, June 11, 2016, dubbed as the APECC Non-Master Executive Chess Tournament at the Philippine Navy Officers Clubhouse in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. It was a rated tournament with 35 participants and 6-Round Rapid Swiss system.

The tournament director was Mr. Roland Roselada, APECC President, and chief arbiter was FIDE National Arbiter Alfredo Chay.

Final ranking follows: Continue reading “APECC Executive Chess Tournament — June 2016”