FIDE has just released the latest rating list. As expected, Filipino player Mark Paragua has now breached the 2600 rating mark. He is the first Filipino player to achieve such a feat. It is an outstanding achievement but marred, slightly, by the fact that Philippines players are still unavailable on the FIDE website. This is likely because Philippine officials have so far failed to make the necessary payments to FIDE.
No matter, there is no point in dwelling on such laughable situations. What is important are the good. Apart from having reached the dizzy heights of super-GM status, Paragua is just also shy of the top 100 players list. Believe it or not, he is now 101st in the world!
Among the Aussies, Ian Rogers (2547) is still numero uno. He is followed by Zhao (2461), Johansen (2460), Wohl (2452) and Lane (2444). George Xie's recent successes overseas have earned him some 34 extra points. He moves ever closer to 2400 and that much coveted IM title.