American based Filipino International Master Enrico Sevillano (2520), the co-champ from last year edition of the US Chess Championship is set to defend the title he won with three others, GM Alexander Shabalov and IMs Rade Milovanovi. The Championship will take place in Saint Louis, May 7-17, 2009. But with the participation of some of the biggest names in American chess today which includes GMs Gata Kamsky (2720), Hikaru Nakamura (2701), Alexander Onischuk (2684), Yuri Shulman (2632), Varuzhan Akobian (2612), Jaan Ehlvest (2606) the odds are obviously stacked against the Filipino-American. Sevillano became the second Philippine born players to win the annual tournament after another US based Filipino, FM Paulo del Mundo also wins the tournament with six others two years ago. The following are excerpt from last year interview after winning the tourney:
EV: You are Phillipino originally, right? Where are you living now?
ES: I moved to this country in ’95. I was in Vegas for a while, but moved to the mountains in California, about an hour and a half north of LA...
ES:...I play bullet on ICC a couple hours a day (laughs). When I was in the Phillipines I was on the national team, and we all used to study together very seriously: 25 of us including GM Eugenio Torre. I studied with them every day for two years.
Read the full interview at US Chess Federation Website
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