Monday, July 14, 2008

RP Mens Olympiad Team

Up north in RP - the National Finals, which also served as the Olympiad qualification tournament, is now over and finishing on top is IM John Paul Gomez. An extra bit of good news for him and his fans is that his performance there came with a GM norm as a bonus.

Here are the top placers:

13.0 Gomez
12.5 So
11.5 Villamayor
10.0 Gonzales, Laylo, Paragua

According to this report by local paper Tempo, the top three finishers have now secured their seats for Dresden. So I'm guessing that there will be some kind of playoff for the last 2 spots. We'll wait and see.

Gomez's only loss was in the penultimate round to GM Wesley So.

Philippines National Finals - Mens
Gomez, John Paul
So, Wesley

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 Ne7 6. Ba3 Ng6 7. O-O Be7 8. d4 cxd4 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Qxd4 O-O 11. c4 c5 12. Qd3 Bb7 13. Re1 f5 14. e5 Nf4 15. Qe3 g5 16. Nbd2 Kh8 17. Red1 Nxg2 18. Kxg2 g4 19. Qf4 gxf3+ 20. Kf1 Rg8 21. Nxf3 Rg4 22. Qe3 Rag8 23. Nd2 f4 24. Qc3 Qg7 25. Ke2 f3+ 26. Nxf3 Re4+ 27. Kd2 Rf8 0-1

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