US based Filipino International Master Enrico Sevillano may not be among the favorite to win the US open for second straight year, nonetheless it is important to note that Sevillano (2542) was the first and by far, the only Filipino ever to qualify for the U.S. Championship and has the best track record among Filipino players in America. The 2009 US Championship is the strongest ever in the history of the tournament with the participation of some of the biggest names in American chess at the present which includes GMs Gata Kamsky (2720), Hikaru Nakamura (2701), Alexander Onischuk (2684), Yuri Shulman (2632), Varuzhan Akobian (2612), Jaan Ehlvest (2606). Two weeks ago, Sevillano captured the Westwood open championship in Los Angeles California.
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.
CH wishes IM Enrico Sevillano all the best of luck!
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