Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dresden Chess Olympiad round 9: Philippines lost to the Czech Republic

No alibi but could cold weather slightly affects one's performance?

The struggling RP men's team has yet to figure out on how to defeat their higher seeded counterparts as we lost anew this time at the hands of the 18th seed Czech Republic in Round 9, 1.5 : 2.5. As usual, GM Bong Villamayor, manning the board 1 for the RP, was being feasted upon by his opponents. Villamayor has yet to score a single victory in the Olympiad. We will be facing next the lowly team from Tunisia, seeded 88th, in round 10. We are currently rank 66th in the over all standings and we are in grave danger folks of not improving our previous Olympiad performance in Turin where we end up in a very disappointing 47th place finished. Our women's team on the other hand defeats Brazil 2.5 : 0.5 to occupy the 46th spot in the women's standing.

Bo.38PHI Philippines (PHI)Rtg - 18CZE Czech Republic (CZE)Rtg1.5 : 2.5 PGN >Game<
27.1GMVillamayor Buenaventura2468 - GMNavara David2633 0 : 1 PGN >Game<
27.2GMSo Wesley2610 - GMHracek Zbynek2613 ½ : ½ PGN >Game<
27.3IMGomez John Paul2519 - GMLaznicka Viktor2591 ½ : ½ PGN >Game<
27.4GMLaylo Darwin2507 - GMStocek Jiri2578 ½ : ½ PGN >Game<

Photo courtesy of Susan Polgar blog

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