Millionaire Chess: Wesley So first, Robson second

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Millionaire Chess: Wesley So first, Robson second.

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15 October 2014
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Filipino Chess Grandmaster Wesley So completed his amazing run at the Millionaire Chess 2014,   the richest Open Tournament, with a record total prize payout of 1,000,000 USD (for 6-sections), by topping the ‘Millionaire Chess Open’ section and took home the Champion prize of 100,000 USD.

Read full story:  Millionaire Chess: Wesley So first, Robson second.

Wesley So wins 49th Capablanca Memorial in Havana

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Wesley So wins 49th Capablanca Memorial in Havana.

By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
19 May 2014
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The Philippines’ #1 Chess Grandmaster GM Wesley So, formalized his fantastic conquest of the Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament 2014, the 49th Edition, when he finally had drawn, in only 12 moves of a Nimzo-Indian, his last round (R10) game against defending Champion GM Almasi, Zoltan(2693) of Hungary to register 6.5/10 points, a clear 1.0 point advantage to 2nd placer GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(2682) of the host country Cuba who scored 5.5/10.

Read Full Story:   Wesley So wins 49th Capablanca Memorial in Havana.

 

R8: Wesley So extends lead @ Capablanca 2014

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R8: Wesley So extends lead @ Capablanca 2014.

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17 May 2014
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Round 8 (16 May)

Philippines’ top Grandmaster Wesley So scored his 3rd victory in the prestigious 49th Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament (2014), a category 19 event, this time against the top seed and World’s #10 rank GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier(2768) of the host country Cuba.

Read full story:   R8: Wesley So extends lead @ Capablanca 2014.

R6: Wesley So hang on to the lead @ Capablanca Memorial 2014

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R6: Wesley So hang on to the lead @ Capablanca Memorial 2014.

Round 6 (14 May)

Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(CUB)2682-So, Wesley(PHI)2731:  ½-½

With 4-rounds to go at the prestigious 49th Capablanca Memorial Tournament (2014) being played from 8 to 18 May at the Habana Riviera Hotel in La Havana, Cuba, Filipino GM Wesley So had drawn his R6 match against GM Lazaro Bruzon’s English opening in another exciting, bloody (as described by many kibitzers & mirons online), intense and time pressured game that lasted for about 2hrs & 27min in only 22 moves and  scoring 4.0/6 in the process to hang on his half-point lead over the top seed GM Leinier Domínguez Perez who also had drawn his 28-mover match, a Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense, with the 2nd seed GM Vassily Ivanchuk and scoring 3.5/6. 

Read full story:  R6: Wesley So hang on to the lead @ Capablanca Memorial 2014.

 

R5: Wesley So leads 49th Capablanca Memorial at halfway

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R5: Wesley So leads 49th Capablanca Memorial at halfway.

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13 May 2014
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R5:  Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693-So, Wesley(PHI)2731 : 0-1

After 5 rounds of play, at halfway mark, of the 10-round double round-robin event @ 49th Capablanca Memorial(2014), GM Wesley So (PHI)2731 snatched the sole lead scoring 3.5/5  (+2-0=3) by beating his perennial co-leader since R3 the defending champion GM Almasi, Zoltan (HUN)2693 who resigned after the 48th move of  a  French Winawer.  The other previous round-4 leader, top seed Domínguez Perez, Leinier (CUB)2768 made a quick 13-mover draw [Ruy Lopez, Closed (C92)]  with his compatriot Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(CUB)2682 to score 3.0/5(+1-0=4).

Read full story:  R5: Wesley So leads 49th Capablanca Memorial at halfway.

R4: So, Dominquez & Almasi in a 3-Way Tie for the Lead @ 49th Capablanca Memorial

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R4: So, Dominquez & Almasi in a 3-Way Tie for the Lead @ 49th Capablanca Memorial.

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12 May 2014
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GMs So, Dominguez and Almasi tied  @  2.5-pts after 4-rounds

Round 4 (11 May)

The top seed, Cuba’s Nr 1, World’s Nr 10 and 3-time Capablanca Memorial winner Domínguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2768 (2004, 2008 & 2009) scoring his first win in the tournament against Vallejo Pons, Francisco (2700) upped his aggregate total points to 2.5/4 and catched up R3 leaders GMs Wesley So (PHI)2731 and  Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693 who both had drawn their respective games … a 3-way tie for the lead after 4-rounds at the 48th Capablanca Memorial (2014).

Read full story:   R4: So, Dominquez & Almasi in a 3-Way Tie for the Lead @ 49th Capablanca Memorial.

Almasi ties So after 3 @ 49th Capablanca Memorial

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R3: Almasi ties So after 3 @ 49th Capablanca Memorial

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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

 

Wesley So beats Vallejo-Pons in Rnd-2, leads 49th Capablanca Memorial

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Wesley So beats Vallejo-Pons in Rnd-2, leads 49th Capablanca Memorial.

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10 May 2014
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After two rounds of play at the 49th Capablanca Memorial 2014, the Philippines top rated Grandmaster Wesley So ranked Nr 23 in the World with 2731 FIDE rating, a first timer in this prestigious chess tournament, needed only two rounds to secure  the sole leadership scoring 1.5/2 (+1=1).

Read full story:   Wesley So beats Vallejo-Pons in Rnd-2, leads 49th Capablanca Memorial.

GM Julio Catalino Sadorra is Philippines Newest Super Grandmaster

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GM Julio Catalino Sadorra is Philippines Newest Super Grandmaster.

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01 April 2014
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It’s official.  GM Julio Catalino ‘Ino’ Sadorra, the Philippines 14th Chess Grandmaster (2011), became the Philippines 3rd Super Grandmaster (SGM) with a FIDE rating of 2605 as of April 2014 FIDE rating list. Sadorra joins the elite group of Filipino Super GMs (2600+) lead by Mark Paragua who in Jan 2006 was the 1st Filipino to breach the 2600+ mark with a FIDE rating of 2618 and Wesley So who in Oct 2008 was the 2nd Filipino to breach the SGM mark with his FIDE rating of 2610.

Read full story:   GM Julio Catalino Sadorra is Philippines Newest Super Grandmaster.

GM Oliver Barbosa wins 19th Int’l Open Grandmasters Chess 2014

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GM Oliver Barbosa wins 19th Int’l Open Grandmasters Chess 2014.

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28 March 2014
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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 6th Kolkata Open” that took place from 18th 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

Carlsen Wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2014; Caruana Tops Rapid

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Carlsen Wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2014; Caruana Tops Rapid.

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February 2014
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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.

Aronian Wins Tata Steel Chess 2014; Wesley So @ 6th place overall

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Aronian Wins Tata Steel Chess 2014; Wesley So @ 6th place overall.

by:  joeyj   :   January 28, 2014
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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.

Webster Chess Dominates at 2013 PanAm Championship, Earns Return to Final Four

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Webster Chess Dominates at 2013 PanAm Championship, Earns Return to Final Four.

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January 2, 2014

Webster University dominated the 2013 Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, held Dec. 27-30 at Texas Tech University.

The Webster University chess team and coach Susan Polgar achieved the most dominant performance in the 60-year history of the prestigious PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championship, also known as the World Series of Chess. The 2013 PanAm, held Dec. 27-30 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, was the strongest field ever, with 42 college chess teams from across the country and 25 grandmasters competing.

Read Full Story:  Webster Chess Dominates at 2013 PanAm Championship, Earns Return to Final Four.

 

Magnus Carlsen : 16th World Chess Champion and 2nd Youngest

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Magnus Carlsen : 16th World Chess Champion and 2nd Youngest.

by:  joeyj
Published: November 27, 2013
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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.

 

Will Magnus Carlsen make it as the 2nd Youngest World Champion come WCC 2013 (Updated)

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Will Magnus Carlsen make it as the 2nd Youngest World Champion come WCC 2013 (Updated).

by:  joeyj
Updated:  November 4, 2013
Published: April 15, 2013
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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).

Read Full Story:    Will Magnus Carlsen make it as the 2nd Youngest World Champion come WCC 2013 (Updated).

Wesley So Wins 17th Unive Crown Tournament in Hoogeveen

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Wesley So Wins 17th Unive Crown Tournament in Hoogeveen.


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GM Wesley So, formalized his superb conquest of the 2013 Unive Crown Chess Tournament, the 17th Edition, when he finally had drawn his last round (R6) game against England’s top player hyper GM Michael Adams to register 4.5/6 points by virtue of his 3Wins-3Draws-NoLoss record, with a clear 1.5 point advantage to 2nd placers GM Michael Adams and GM Robin van Kampen. So’s tournament performance rating(TPR) was 2877.

Read Full Story:   Wesley So Wins 17th Unive Crown Tournament in Hoogeveen.

Wesley So wins Philippines 1st Gold medal in 27th Universiade

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Wesley So wins Philippines 1st Gold medal in 27th Universiade.

By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
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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.

Read more:   Wesley So wins Philippines 1st Gold medal in 27th Universiade.

Philippines 2nd Overall in 14th ASEAN+ Age-Grp Chess Championships

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Philippines 2nd Overall in 14th ASEAN+ Age-Grp Chess Championships.

By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
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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).

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GM Wesley So a Triple Winner at 2013 Las Vegas International Chess Festival

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GM Wesley So a Triple Winner at 2013 Las Vegas International Chess Festival.

By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
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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.

Read more:  GM Wesley So a Triple Winner at 2013 Las Vegas International Chess Festival.

The Unpublished records of GM Wesley So

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The Unpublished records of GM Wesley So.

By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
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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

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Mark Paragua Qualifies for Chess World Cup 2013; Li Chao Wins, Barbosa 2nd

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Mark Paragua Qualifies for Chess World Cup 2013; Li Chao Wins, Barbosa 2nd.

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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.

Read more:   Mark Paragua Qualifies for Chess World Cup 2013; Li Chao Wins, Barbosa 2nd.

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Wesley So double winner at Calgary International Chess Classic 2013

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Wesley So double winner at Calgary International Chess Classic 2013.

 by joeyj  :   21 May 2013
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GM Wesley So @ 2013 CICC, Calgary, Canada

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.

Read more:   Wesley So double winner at Calgary International Chess Classic 2013.

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World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC (1st Update)

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World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC (1st Update).

by:  joeyj  :   12 May 2013
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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.

Read more:   World’s Youngest To Attain GM, 2600, 2700, 2800 and WC (1st Update).

Will Magnus Carlsen make it as the 2nd Youngest World Champion come WCC 2013

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Will Magnus Carlsen make it as the 2nd Youngest World Champion come WCC 2013.

by:  joeyj   :   April 15, 2013
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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).

Read more:  Will Magnus Carlsen make it as the 2nd Youngest World Champion come WCC 2013.

Le Quang Liem wins 3rd HDBank Cup 2013; Paragua 4th

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Le Quang Liem wins 3rd HDBank Cup 2013; Paragua 4th.

by:  joeyj   :   24 March 2013
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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

Read more:   Le Quang Liem wins 3rd HDBank Cup 2013; Paragua 4th.

GMs Parimarjan Negi and Ino Sadorra tied for 1st Place @ 2013 UT Dallas Spring Open

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GMs Parimarjan Negi and Ino Sadorra tied for 1st Place @ 2013 UT Dallas Spring Open.

by:  joeyj   :   15 March 2013
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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.

Read more:    GMs Parimarjan Negi and Ino Sadorra tied for 1st Place @ 2013 UT Dallas Spring Open.

World’s Youngest To Attain Chess Grandmaster Status

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World’s Youngest To Attain Chess Grandmaster Status.

by:  joeyj   :   04 March 2013
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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”

Read more:  World’s Youngest To Attain Chess Grandmaster Status.

Wei Yi The World’s Youngest Grandmaster at 13yrs-8mos-24days

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Wei Yi The World’s Youngest Grandmaster at 13yrs-8mos-24days.

by:  joeyj   :   03 March 2013
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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.

Read more:    Wei Yi The World’s Youngest Grandmaster at 13yrs-8mos-24days.

Wesley So Officially Breach the 2700 mark

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Wesley So Officially Breach the 2700 mark.

by:  joeyj   :   01 March 2013
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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

GMs Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and Bassem Amin Wins Reykjavik 2013

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GMs Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and Bassem Amin Wins Reykjavik 2013.

by:  joeyj   :   28  February 2013
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Bassem Amin (Egypt), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Wesley So (Philippines)

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.

 Read more:   GMs Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and Bassem Amin Wins Reykjavik 2013.

 

Reykjavik Open 2013

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Reykjavik Open 2013.

by:  joeyj   :   27  February 2013
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Round-9 (26 Feb 2013)

Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So on the lead

GM Pavel Eljanov  & GM Wesley So

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.

Magnus Carlsen breaks his own rating records

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Magnus Carlsen breaks his own rating records.

by:  joeyj   :   01  February 2013
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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.

Wesley So Qualifies for Chess World Cup 2013

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Wesley So Qualifies for Chess World Cup 2013.

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.

GM Paragua Wins 2013 PSC Cup; Pascua and Gomez shares second

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GM Paragua Wins 2013 PSC Cup; Pascua and Gomez shares second.

by:  joeyj   :   22  January 2013
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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.

Read more:   GM Paragua Wins 2013 PSC Cup; Pascua and Gomez shares second.

 

 

2012 in review

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Magnus Carlsen breaks Kasparov’s rating records

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Magnus Carlsen breaks Kasparov’s rating records.

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.

Read more:  Magnus Carlsen breaks Kasparov’s rating records.

GM Wesley So No-Loss Record Vs GMs with 2700+ rating

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GM Wesley So No-Loss Record Vs GMs with 2700+ rating.

by:  joeyj   :   05  August 2012
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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.

R1: 13Nov2008: GM Wesley So PHI(2610) Vs GM Ni Hua CHN(2710) : 1-0

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.

R4: 23Jul2012 : GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB(2711) vsGM So Wesley PHI(2650):½-½

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.

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR(2739)–24 Nov 2009 @ World Chess Cup w1

His  5-Wins were against the following GMs:

  1.  Ni Hua CHI(2710) – 13 Nov 2008 @ Dresden Chess Olympiad, Germany
  2. Vassily Ivanchuk UKR(2739) – 24 Nov 2009 @ World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
  3. Laurent Fressinet FRA(2707) – 21 Jan 2011 @ Tata Steel, Wijk Aan Zee, NED
  4. David Navara  CZE(2708)      –  22 Jan 2011 @ Tata Steel, Wijk Aan Zee, NED
  5. 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]

R1:12Oct:GM Ding Liren (CHI) 2702 Vs GM Wesley So (PHI) 2677: ½-½

39. 2012:12Oct:GM Ding Liren :CHI: 2702 :R1: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5

R3:14Oct:GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave(FRA)2705 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2677:½-½

40.  2012:14Oct:Maxime Vachier-Lagrave(FRA)2705 :R3: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5

R5: 16Oct: GM Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2703 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2677: ½-½

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

references:

http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=5202213
http://forum.philboxing.com/viewtopic.php?f=94&t=162497&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
http://results.chessolympiadistanbul.com/tnr77681.aspx?art=20&fed=PHI&lan=1&flag=30