Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2009 Philippines "Battle of Grandmasters" begins today.

All roads lead to Dapitan for the 2009 Philippine "Battle of GMs". And so the country's own version of Linares tournament will begin today. Two Filipino GMs however beg off from participating in the competition. Former Asian Junior champion, GM Nelson Mariano II who are now based in Singapore and Philippines newly installed GM, Joseph Sanchez, now based in France. Because the tournament will be held in the far away south, in Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao, the information we will post here will be based mostly from the chess journalist who were there to cover the event but of course the usual personal comments from this blog will be provided as well. We wish Mr. Andaya and the rest of Filipino chess journalist all the best and Pinoy chess enthusiast are clamouring for something new and creative in chess journalism in the country.

The "Battle of GMs" is being sponsored by Phoenix-Petroleum.

Round 1 Pairings (men)

1. W. So vs. B. Villamayor
2. E. Torre vs. R. Nolte
3. J.P. Gomez vs. J. Gonzales
4. M. Paragua vs. R. Bitoon
5. R. Antonio vs. J.C. Sadorra
6. D. Laylo vs. R. Dableo

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