11 May 2014
GM So and Almasi tied @ 2-pts after 3-rounds
Round 3 (10 May)
The defending champion (2013 winner) GM Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693 defeated the 6-time Capablanca Memorial winner GM Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2753 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 & 2012) in R3 to tie GM So, Wesley(PHI)2731 for the lead at 2-pts each. Wesley So had drawn his Ruy Lopez (C88) game with 3-time winner Domínguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2768 (2004, 2008 & 2009). At Table-3 the game between the 2001 winner GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2700 and 2002 winner GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2682 was also drawn after white’s 60th move.
Read full story: R3: Almasi ties So after 3 @ 49th Capablanca Memorial
GM Oliver Barbosa, the Philippines’ Nr 3 top rated chess player, once again delivered sterling performances that won first place via tiebreak points in “The 19th International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament 2014” also known as “The that took place from 18 to 27th March 2014 at Gorky Sadan, Kolkata, West Bengal (India) that was organized by the Alekhine Chess Club.
Read full story: GM Oliver Barbosa wins 19th Int’l Open Grandmasters Chess 2014
by: joeyj 5
The Zurich Chess Challenge (ZCC) 2014, the strongest tournament in chess history to date whose 6-participants with an astonishing average rating of 2800.83 rounded to 2801, the 1st ever Category 23 (2801–2825 ELO/rating range) tournament, was won by the newly crowned World Champion (WC) Magnus Carlsen in his first tournament appearance as World Champion since winning the world title on 9-22 November 2013.
Carlsen receiving trophy from the main sponsor Oleg Skvortsov (middle pic)
Read Full Story: Carlsen Wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2014; Caruana Tops Rapid.
by: joeyj : January 28, 2014
R6 pic: Levon Aronian Vs Wesley So
The 76th edition of Tata Steel Chess Tournament also well-known as Wijk aan Zee that took place for the first time in 3-locations for the Master’s Group (Grp-A): Wijk aan Zee (R1-R3,R5-R8,R10-R11), Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (R4 ) and High Tech Campus Eindhoven (R9 ) from 11-26 January 2014, was won by elite-GM Levon Aronian (2812) of Armenia. It was the 4th time that Aronian won in Wijk aan Zee. The other three were in 2007, 2008 and 2012.
Read Full Story: Aronian Wins Tata Steel Chess 2014; Wesley So @ 6th place overall.
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Published: November 27, 2013
Magnus Carlsen Crowned World Champion
The World Chess Championship 2013 also known as FIDE World Championship Match (FWCM) 2013 calendared by FIDE (World Chess Federation) in Chennai, India on 9-28 November 2013 for twelve (12) rounds, with tie-break games if necessary, was concluded in Round 10 (22 Nov) with the World’s Top rated player and record holder of FIDE’s ‘All-Time-High’ rating of 2872 (Feb 2012–April 2012 FIDE rating list) & highest ever Live Rating of 2878.9 (27 Mar 2013), Magnus Carlsen of Norway, finally claiming its right to be declared as the 16th and the new undisputed World Chess Champion in ‘Standard Chess’ also branded as the ‘Classical Chess’.
Read Full Story: Magnus Carlsen : 16th World Chess Champion and 2nd Youngest.
Updated: November 4, 2013
Published: April 15, 2013
WCC 2013: Magnus Carlsen Vs Viswanathan Anand
The World Chess Championship 2013 calendared by FIDE to take place on 7-28 November 2013 at Hyatt Regency, Chennai, India would be between the reigning World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand(2775) of India and Magnus Carlsen(2870) of Norway, the World’s #1 rated player with an ‘All-Time-High’ rating of 2872 (Feb 2012 – April 2012 FIDE rating list), who won the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament, London 2013 (15 March – 1 April 2013).
Fri, 1 Nov 2013
On November 2013 FIDE rating list publication, officially, GM Wei Yi (born 2 June 1999) of China breached the 2600 mark, the super-Grandmaster status with a 2604 rating.
Read Full Story: Wei Yi : The World’s Youngest Super Grandmaster.
Sun, 27 Oct 2013
By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013
Chess Grandmaster Wesley So of Webster U, registered the Philippines’ 1st ever Gold Medal in the World University Games also known as the Universiade. The 27th Summer Universiade held in Kazan, Russia from 6-17 July 2013 comprised of 27 sports event with chess that debuted at the 2011 Summer Universaide in Shenzhen as an optional sport, was participated this year by chess players from 46 countries. The chess tournaments were held in Kazan Equestrian Complex from 9-15 July.
By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013
The 14th ASEAN+ Age-Group Chess Championships held in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand on 5-13 June 2013 with ImperialMaePingHotel as venue was won by Vietnam as the overall champion garnering a total of 141 medals ( 71 Gold, 31 Silver & 39 bronze).
Philippines came in 2nd overall collecting 65 medals ( 24 Gold, 28 Silver & 13 Bronze). 3rd place was Singapore with 34 medals ( 10 Gold, 9 Silver & 15 bronze).
By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
Tue, 11 Jun 2013
The month of May 2013, GM Wesley So, delighted his fans and supporters with his back-to-back conquests of Calgary’s International Chess Classic, in Canada, winning two chess championships (Standard & Blitz) on the same day on 19 May 2013.
This month of June, was a big surprise, more delightful and incredible, since, instead of two as earlier reported, GM Wesley So delivered three titles, a TRIPLE CROWN, in a span of 4-days from June 6 to 9 at the 2013 Las Vegas International Chess Festival at the Riviera Casino & Hotel.
By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
Sun, 02 Jun 2013
A good deal of success stories have been published about the 19-year-old Philippines’ top ranked International Chess Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So who only last month had back-to-back conquests of Calgary’s International Chess Classic (CICC), in Canada, winning two chess championships on the same day on 19 May 2013.
Read more: The Unpublished records of GM Wesley So
27 May 2013
Grandmaster Mark Paragua, the 2013 Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Cup International Chess & 2012 Philippines National Chess titlist, pinned the 2nd of the five(5) qualification berth for the Chess World Cup (CWC) 2013 available in the just concluded Manny Pacquiao Cup – Asian Continental Chess (ACC) Championship 2013 in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines conducted on 18-26 May 2013 with Midas Hotel as the venue.
by joeyj : 21 May 2013
GM Wesley So was a toast at the 6th Calgary International Chess Classic (CICC) after winning two chess championships on the same day on 19 May 2013. Wesley So secured the 9-round Swiss “Standard” chess championship with one more round to go after winning the penultimate round (R8) against FM Jason Cao who resigned on the 44th of the Classical Nimzo Indian and upped his score to 7.0/8, a 2-point lead to a bunch of four players who all scored 5.0/8 and tied at 2nd place.
With just a few hours of rest, Wesley So returned to the tournament’s venue and competed next in Calgary’s 9-round Swiss “Blitz” Championship and captured the championship as the sole winner with a perfect score of 9.0/9.
by: joeyj : 12 May 2013
Over a year had passed, on 1 May 2012 chessaccount had published the World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC and since then there were new comers and some incomplete and/or incorrect data that needed to be fixed and rectified , hence, our 1st major update.
by: joeyj : April 15, 2013
The World Chess Championship 2013 calendared by FIDE to take place on 6-26 November 2013 would be between the reigning World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the World’s #1 rated player with an ‘All-Time-High’ rating of 2872 (Feb 2012 – April 2012 FIDE rating list), who won the FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament, London 2013 (15 March – 1 April 2013).
by: joeyj : 24 March 2013
The 3rd HDBank Cup International Open Chess Tournament that was held on 19-24 March 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was won by the #1 seed Hyper GM Le Quang Liem (VIE)2709 when his final round (R9) game against the #2 seed Hyper GM Berkes Ferenc (HUN)2702 was drawn after the 31st move
by: joeyj : 15 March 2013
One of UTD student GM Julio Catalino ‘Ino’ Sadorra, a mainstay of UTD Team “A” from Philippines, who was seeded #6 out of a total of 43 FIDE rated participants (13-GM, 10-IM, 9-FM, 3-WIM & 1-WFM) from 18 countries/federations scored 6.5/9 (5Wins-3Draws-1Loss) with a ‘Rating performance’ (Rp) of 2611 tied for 1st place with the #1 seed GM Parimarjan Negi (IND)2639 who also submitted identical score after 9-rounds of play.
GM Parimarjan Negi with a superior tiebreak due to his higher Buchholz took home the championship trophy while GM Sadorra had to settle 2nd place finish. GM Sadorra consolation was, he was the only player to trounce the champion and this ensued in round-7 where he was able to catch-up Negi at the helm.
by: joeyj : 04 March 2013
On May 1, 2012 chessaccount.wordpress.com published World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC and one of the topic was the World’s “Youngest Grandmasters (GMs) in History”
by: joeyj : 03 March 2013
The latest 13 years of age, to qualify the GM status was China’s Wei Yi, born 2 June 1999, when in the 9th round of a 10 rounder Reykjavik Open on 26 February 2013 he scored 7.0/9 and registered a Rating performance of 2661 that was more than enough to achieve his 3rd and final GM norm.
by: joeyj : 01 March 2013
On March 2013 FIDE rating list publication, officially, GM Wesley So (born 9 Oct 1993) from the Philippines breached the 2700 mark. His March 2013 FIDE rating of 2701 was derived from his live rating of 2701.3 that he achieved 2 days earlier at the conclusion of Reykjavik Open 2013 on 27 February 2013 where he tied for first place, a 3-way tie, with GMs Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) and Bassem Amin (Egypt).
Read more: Wesley So Officially Breach the 2700 mark
by: joeyj : 28 February 2013
A 3-way tie for first place ensued at the Reykjavik Open 2013 when GM Pavel Eljanov and GM Wesley So, leaders the previous round, agreed to draw their final game (R10) at Board1 in just 3-moves to finish on top with 8.0/10 points. But GM Bassem Amin, not to be left behind, scored a big win against the #10 seed GM Gajewski Grzegorz(POL)2644 at Board4 in the last round to join as one of the 3-winners.
by: joeyj : 27 February 2013
Round-9 (26 Feb 2013)
Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So on the lead
GMs Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So scored separate victories in Board 1 & Board 2 against their respective co-leaders while the two other co-leaders at Board 3 settled for draw that resulted for the two to tie for the lead scoring 7.5/9 points going into the last round (R10).
Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine repulsed the higher rated GM Liren Ding of China in Bo.1 whereas the Philippines GM Wesley So dismantled Polish GM Dziuba Marcin Caro-Kann Defense in Bo.2 with a Queen sacrifice in exchange of a rook and bishop starting the 20th move that ended with a checkmate in move 41.
GM Wesley So ‘LIVE Rating’ after R9 had soared to 2701.4 that breached for the first time the 2700 rating mark. According to his coach GM Susan Polgar @ Webster University, “Wesley So has become the 1st Filipino and American collegiate player to break the 2700 mark. It is a double achievement for Wesley!”
Read more & more PICs (Rnds 1-9 results): Reykjavik Open 2013.
by: joeyj : 01 February 2013
The official FIDE ratings for February 2013 has been published with GM Magnus Carlsenbreaking his previous ‘All-Time-High’ rating of 2861 (January 2013) to the ‘New-All-Time-High’ rating of 2872 and that is a +11 higher.
Read more: Magnus Carlsen breaks his own rating records.
29 January 2013
The 19-year-old Philippines #1 rated Grandmaster Wesley So who took time out from Webster University at Saint Louis, Missouri, USA where he is currently a college freshman and whose “one mission” according to his coach GM Susan Polgar in taking part in the Zone 3.3 Championships 2013 in Tagaytay City, Philippines on January 22-29, 2013 is“to make the 2013 World Cup”, finished second place and nailed one of the two(2) qualification slots for FIDE Chess World Cup 2013 allotted in the Asian Zonal championship.
read more: Wesley So Qualifies for Chess World Cup 2013.
by: joeyj : 22 January 2013
Grandmaster Mark Paragua, as a follow up to his 2012 Philippines National Chess Championship trophy, won the 2013 Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Cup International Chess Championship, a clear first place finish, held 14-20 January at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila.
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It’s now official, as of January 2013 FIDE rating list, world’s nr-1 rated and elite-GM Magnus Carlsen of Norway with a rating of 2861 (Jan 2013) at age 22yrs&31days broke the legendary and former World Champion (13th) elite-GM Garry Kasparov’s 13-years & 6 months old all-time .high FIDE rating record of 2851 (established in July 1999) by 10-points margin.
by: joeyj : 05 August 2012
Barangay Wesley (described by Coach GM Susan Polgar, as one of the most amazing chess fans from the Philippines), i.e. Grandmaster Wesley So’s worldwide fans and supporters, whose main headquarters at chessgames.com with sitios atchess.com and Pacland @ pinoygreats.com been vouching for quite sometime that this 18-year-old Philippine prodigy, GM Wesley So, to-date do have a ‘No-Loss’ record in ‘Standard Chess‘ against 2700+ International Grandmasters, most often called unofficially as ‘hyper’ or ‘hydra’ GMs. ’No-Loss‘, meaning, he had not incurred a single game loss against any of the Hyper-GMs when they were officially @ 2700+ FIDE rating at the time he played them.
With this, i did some research and account of GM Wesley So’s records since the time he entered the limelight and manned Board-2 of the Philippines National Men’s Team at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany where for sure he encountered some hyper GMs.
My assumption was correct, as round-1 opponent of Team Philippines in the 2008 Olympiad was versus the 3rd seed China who at board-2 was GM Ni Hua whose FIDE rating then was 2710. GM Wesley So, who was 15yrs-1mo-4days old then, dealt China’s lone loss game in that round (China 2½ : 1½ Philippines). This was Wesley’s first encounter, a win, against a 2700+ player.
Wesley So second encounter with a Hyper-GM in the 2008 Olympiad was against Alexei Shirov, board-1 player of the 12th seed Spain who at that time was rated at 2726. Subbing at Board-1, Wesley So held Shirov to a draw.
From thereon, since 13 November 2008 up to his recent and last game on 23 July 2012 versus GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista CUB(2711) in Quebec Open, Canada where he held the Hyper-GM to a draw in winning the championship, GM Wesley So played a total of 32 games against 2700+ GMs spanning a period of 3yrs-8mos-10days, a 5-Wins, 27-Draws and NO-Loss record.
His 5-Wins were against the following GMs:
- Ni Hua CHI(2710) – 13 Nov 2008 @ Dresden Chess Olympiad, Germany
- Vassily Ivanchuk UKR(2739) – 24 Nov 2009 @ World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
- Laurent Fressinet FRA(2707) – 21 Jan 2011 @ Tata Steel, Wijk Aan Zee, NED
- David Navara CZE(2708) – 22 Jan 2011 @ Tata Steel, Wijk Aan Zee, NED
- Alexei Shirov ESP(2709) – 10 Jun 2011 @ Sigeman Chess in Malmo, Sweden
His most notable draws were against the following top rated Hyper-GMs:
1. GM Veselin Topalov BUL (2803) @ 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
2. GM Sergey Karjakin RUS (2788) @ World Chess Cup 2011 in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
3. GM Wang Yue CHN(2756) @ 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China
4. GM Boris Gelfand ISR(2739) @ NH-Rising Stars Vs Experience 2010 in Amsterdam
5. GM Peter Svidler RUS(2734) @ NH-Rising Stars Vs Experience 2010 in Amsterdam
Here’s the List of GM Wesley So thirty two(32) games Vs GMs with 2700+ FIDE rating:
Updated after 40th World Chess Olympiad(2012)
At the conclusion of the 40th Chess Olympiad that took place in Istanbul, Turkey from August 27 to September 10th, 2012 GM Wesley So played against six(6) Hyper GMs [one(1) @ 2800+ & five(5) @ 2700+] and all games ended in 6-draws. This brings his total to 38 games against 2700+ GMs, a 5-Wins, 33-Draws and NO-Loss record.
Hereunder is the list of his 6-opponents whose average rating was 2748:
Updated [2012 SPICE CUP]
39. 2012:12Oct:GM Ding Liren :CHI: 2702 :R1: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5
40. 2012:14Oct:Maxime Vachier-Lagrave(FRA)2705 :R3: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5
41. 2012: 16Oct: GM Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2703 :R5: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5
42. 2012: 17Oct: GM Ding Liren :CHI: 2702 :R6: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:W: 0.5