Sunday, May 18, 2008

1st Subic International Open

Another strong tournament opened yesterday in The Philippines, this time in the former United States military base of Subic, in Olongapo City. Dubbed the 1st Subic International Open, the event features GM Yuriy Kuzubov, rated 2603 and currently Ukraine's number fourteenth ranked player.

Backing up from the just concluded 2nd PIO are the usual cast of top-class locals including IM Sadorra who very narrowly missed out on a GM norm.

In yesterday's first round in Subic, most games finished according to seeding, but there were a handful of surprise results. Local player Jayson Salubre, rated 2329 and whom I've not heard of before, held top seed Kuzubov to a draw on board 1. GM Antonio also had a draw against 2282-rated compatriot Fernandito Pialan while Indonesia's IM Salor Sitanggang likewise only drew against another Pinoy player Rulp Ylem Jose (2044).

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