Sunday, July 02, 2006

Paragua - A New Dad

Filipino number one GM Mark Paragua and wife Christine are the proud parents of one King Joshua. Christine gave birth on June 19. Despite the new baby, Paragua was merciless against 7-year old Ivy Dennis Bucog in the first round of the currently running Ozamiz City National Open Chess Tournament. Mark crushed his opponent in just 13 moves.

However, we have just been informed by pinoy journo Marlon Bernardino that Paragua lost his fourth round game to a certain Jimmy Dano. Funnily, my fellow blogger Goran Urosevic has just emailed me to say that Jimmy apparently appeared on the World Chess Network announcing this stunning win.

After 4 rounds of the Ozamiz event, the following players are on perfect scores: Jimmy Dano, Lindon Lumancas, Oliver Dimakiling, Barlo Nadera, Richard Bitoon, Rustom Tolentino, Levi Martuna and Jose Rojas.

Mr Bernardino also mentioned that Mark Paragua is expected to drop his FIDE rating to 2604.

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