I think that the powers-that-be in Philippine chess will ask GM Eugene Torre to lead our team again. This would be his 19th straight Olympiad, in 18 of which he was the top board. The latter is a world record. My guess is that our board order will be: bd01 Torre, bd02 Paragua, bd03 Antonio, bd04 Laylo, bd05 Dimakiling and bd06 So.
As it turns out, the powers-that-be have decided on Mark Paragua to banner the team on board 1. Torre will be posted to second board and grandmaster Antonio holding down board 3. We can only agree with this decision.
In preparation for Turin, the RP team have been in training in Tagaytay city. The sessions apparently included "mental toughness" training. RP federation head Prospero Pichay said, "I told the players that nobody is exempt from going to Tagaytay. If they don’t want to go, they’d be replaced".
So it looks like everything is in place for the Philippine team. However, there could be a minor problem. It seems some members of the 19-person Philippine delegation are still awaiting their visas from the Italian embassy.
Now just for fun, who will the Closet Grandmaster support if the Philippines and Australia play against each other? The Pinoys, of course!