Monday, February 16, 2009

Joseph Sanchez the newest Filipino Grandmaster?

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According to reports that are circulating around the Filipino chess community on the web, IM Joseph Sanchez became the 11th grandmaster of the Philippines. Joseph Sanchez earned his 3rd and final Grandmaster norm during the just concluded 23rd Cannes Chess Festival in France where he finished in joint third place and with performance rating of 2635. There are claims that Sanchez's Elo will be 2507 (though this is not fully confirmed yet) by April rating list based on the individual calculation. However ChessPhi live rating of Filipino chess players indicates that Joseph has an unofficial live rating of just 2490 which makes him still ineligible to be elected as a grandmaster. More to come...

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