Nine games in and the world's youngest grandmaster is stamping his authority over his rivals in the ongoing Battle of the "Grandmasters tournament in the Philippines". GM Wesley So leads on 7.5 points with Antonio and Torre both on six.
And this afternoon I received Marlon Bernardino's latest submission to RP press in which he reports that Wesley has beaten IM Richard Bitoon in the just completed ninth round.
Yesterday, So downed fellow GM "Bong" Villamayor in a Queen's Gambit.
Battle of Grandmasters
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. Nbd2 Rc8 13. Nb3 Be4 14. Qc3 Nd5 15. Qc1 Nb4 16. Qf4 Bd5 17. Nc5 Bd6 18. Qc1 Nxa2 19. Qc2 Qe7 20. b3 Nb4 21. Qc3 Bxf3 22. Bxf3 Nd5 23. Bxd5 exd5 24. e3 Bxc5 25. dxc5 Ra8 26. c6 Qd6 27. Ra5 Rfb8 28. Rc1 Rb6 29. b4 h5 30. Ra2 Re8 31. Rd2 Re6 32. Qb3 Rxc6 33. Rxc6 Qxc6 34. Rxd5 h4 35. Qd3 h3 36. Rd8+ Re8 37. Rxe8+ Qxe8 38. Qf5 Qe6 39. g4 Qc4 40. f4 g6 41. Qc8+ Kg7 42. Kf2 Qc2+ 43. Kg3 Qg2+ 44. Kh4 Qf2+ 45. Kxh3 Qxe3+ 46. Kg2 Qxf4 47. h4 Qxb4 48. h5 Qd2+ 49. Kh3 Qe3+ 50. Kg2 Qe6 0-1
And here's something for our Pinoy readers, courtesy of ABS-CBN. It's a video interview of the young GM with local celebrity, Edu Manzano. Mostly in Tagalog. Unfortunately, the video ends abruptly so it's incomplete.