I can't remember when was the last time the Philippine chess contingent are paired, in any tournament, against opponents way, way below their current rating points. Looking at the pairings before the start of round 1, the pairings seems almost a gift for the Pinoy. In round 1, all Filipinos had to face opponents -300 below their normal rating. Yey!
But unfortunately for GM So and IM Nolte, they failed to capitalized with this advantages when the rest of Filipino players managed to do so. Top seed GM Wesley So (2646), who is a surprised last minute inclusion for the Philippines, was held to a draw by 28th seed Vietnamese FM Ly Hong Nguyen (2302). While Nolte (2458) also had to agree with a draw against untitled Vietnamese, Nguyen Manh Truong (2160).
For complete results from round 1, please visit chess-results.com
For round 2 pairings, just visit the same site HERE
For standings, they come handy too, they are HERE
and for the semi-useless website...
-Vietnam Zone 3.3 official website
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