It's not all bad news for Pinoy chess fans. Journalist Marlon Bernardino (who, by the way, played in last year's SIO and beat GM Shipov) has been closely following the progress of three RP chessers in the 3rd Kolkata Open in India. Marlon reports that one of the 3 players, IM Rolando Nolte, has turned in what is possibly the best performances of his life to finish on 7 points and earning himself his first ever GM norm.
The following is IM Nolte's excellent 6th round win over the 2601-rated Smbat Lputian of Armenia.
3rd Kolkata Open
Lputian Smbat, G.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. Bb5 a6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. Nb3 c5 9. Bg5 Be7 10. h4 h6 11. Be3 cxd4 12. Qxd4 c5 13. Qg4 g6 14. c4 d4 15. Bf4 Bb7 16. Nbd2 Qc7 17. O-O-O Bc6 18. Kb1 Rb8 19. Ka1 Qb7 20. Rb1 Bd8 21. Rhd1 Ba5 22. Ne1 Bxd2 23. Rxd2 a5 24. Qg3 a4 25. Rc1 Qa8 26. f3 Kf8 27. Nd3 Kg7 28. Qf2 Rb3 29. Rcc2 Rhb8 30. Nc1 R3b6 31. Nd3 R8b7 32. Rd1 Ra7 33. Qd2 h5 34. Bh6+ Kh7 35. Bg5 Qf8 36. Qf4 Qg7 37. g4 Rb3 38. Re2 Rb8 39. Rg1 Rg8 40. Reg2 Raa8 41. Be7 f5 42. exf6 e5 43. Nxe5 1-0
The two other Pinoy chessers, Oliver Barbosa and IM Chito Garma, ended their event with 5.5 points each.