The strong Aeroflot Open began last night and Pinoy chess fans will be happy to know that they are represented by RP's two talented international masters. John Paul Gomez and Julio Catalino Sadorra will be fighting it out against powerful opposition in the A2 section of the event.
Earlier reports of Filipino participation in Moscow actually had GM Mark Paragua as a participant. But, according to this report, he just failed to show up during pre-departure proceedings forcing the NCFP to send Gomez instead.
This is not the first time that Mark failed to reach Moscow.