As is only natural, the Philippines, unlike Australia, still has hopes in the World Cup. It is none other than in the powerful GM Wesley So. Smerdon was very lucky not to have faced the young Pinoy in the first round, I have to say. Otherwise, the Australian might have had to come home much sooner.
Not surprisingly, GM So has made it into the next stage of the World Cup. He accounted for GM Gadir Guseinov in the first round, dropping just a single game and winning 4-1.
In the second round, then, So had to face off against the very powerful superstar of world chess, GM Ivanchuk. A walk in the park for the Ukrainian, you reckon? No bloody way!
World Cup 2009
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. Nge2 O-O 7. O-O Bg4 8. f3 Bh5 9. Nf4 Bg6 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Bg5 c6 12. f4 Qb6 13. Na4 Qxd4+ 14. Kh1 Ne4 15. c3 Nf2+ 16. Rxf2 Qxf2 17. cxb4 f6 18. Qg4 fxg5 19. Qe6+ Kh8 20. Nc5 Qxb2 21. Qh3+ Kg8 22. Qe6+ Kh8 23. Rf1 Qf6 24. Qh3+ Kg8 25. g3 Re8 26. Nxb7 gxf4 27. Rxf4 Re1+ 28. Kg2 Qe6 29. Qxe6+ Rxe6 30. Nc5 Re7 31. b5 Nd7 32. Nxd7 Rxd7 33. bxc6 Rd6 34. Bb5 Re8 35. Rd4 Kf7 36. Rf4+ Ke6 37. Rg4 Ke5 38. Kf3 Rf6+ 39. Ke3 0-1
The two other Pinoy reps, GMs Antonio and Laylo, are en route back to RP after both lost to Kamsky and Navara respectively.