Kuala Lumpur is proving to be a happy hunting ground for Filipino players. After 9 rounds in the Malaysian Open, Pinoys have earned those highly sought-after title norms. Oliver Dimakiling has just secured his first ever GM result. While FM Julio Catalino Sadorra, John Paul Gomez and FM Wesley So obtain IM results, according to Pinoy journo Marlon Bernardino.
Wesley So actually now becomes an IM-elect and needs only to raise his rating to 2400 to become a full international master. The 12-year old's two previous IM norms were earned in Dubai and the San Marino tournaments.
Courtesy of Mr Bernardino, here are the standings after 9 rounds.
7.0- FM OLIVER DIMAKILING (PHILIPPINES)
7.0- GM Nguyen Anh Dung (Vietnam)
6.5-FM WESLEY SO (PHILIPPINES)
6.5-NM JOHN PAUL GOMEZ (PHILIPPINES)
6.5-NM DARWIN LAYLO (PHILIPPINES)
6.5-GM Ziaur Rahman (Banglandesh)
6.5-GM Dao Thien Hai (Vietnam)
6.0-FM JULIO CATALINO SADORRA (PHILIPPINES)
6.0-GM Susanto Megaranto (Indonesia)
6.0-WGM Easha Karavade (India)
6.0-IM Wynn Zaw Htun (Myanmar)
6.0-IM Ashot Nadanian (Armenia)
6.0-IM Tirto (Indonesia)
5.5-GM MARK PARAGUA (PHILIPPINES)
5.5-IM RONALD DABLEO (PHILIPPINES)
5.5-IM RICHARD BITOON (PHILIPPINES)
5.5-GM NGUYEN TROC SON (Vietnam)
5.5-GM Yu Shaoteng (China)
5.5-IM Shvechicov Anatoli (Russia)
5.5-IM Taufik Halay (Indonesia)
5.5-Akshayraj Kore (India)
Meanwhile, in Italy, Pinoy player Roland Salvador is battling it out with the locals in Bratto. At the 7th round mark, he shares the lead, on 5.5 points, with several grandmasters. Roland needs just one more GM result to join the ranks of Pinoy GMs.