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.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
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Can you write more about GM-candidate Salvador? I hope he nails his 3rd norm now!
And who are the other Pinoys who have GM-norms?
Roland Salvador misses the norm as early as the 7th round due to lack of GM-titled opponent (he needed 3) his 2nd round loss to Ivan Tomba, somewhat hindered his GM-norm campaign. Another loss against GM Dervishi in round 8 dash his hope of earning some rating points ( 3 norms must be supplemented with a 2500 elo rating for the title to be awarded), IM Wesley So also needs to break the 2400 barrier to get that IM title (its just a matter of time). IM Gonzales just needed one more GM norm, while IM Dableo and IM Dimakiling have nailed a piece, I thought IM Barcenilla just needed to increase his rating to 2500 to be a full pledge GM. Rico Mascarinas i believe also has a GM norm, Wesley So almost have snatched the norm had he beaten GM Dao in their round 9 game in 3rd DATO Chess Open.
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