"Where the Pin is mightier than the sword" - Fred Reinfeld
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The 4th Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup
The 4th edition of Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup unveils today, September 24 and will run til the 29th at Duty Free Fiesta Mall in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, the Philippines.
Defending champion and Asia's first ever chess grandmaster, Eugenio Torre (2535), together with top seed Mikheil Mchedlishvili (2613) of Georgia, Zhang Zhong (2606) of Singapore and newly crowned 2009 Kolkata Open champion, Le Quang Liem of Vietnam will spearhead the strong cast that attracted nearly 100 participants from all over Asia and Europe. This week-long event is being organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).
GM Wesley So will miss this year's edition of the PGMA Cup as he is currently competing in 2009 SPICE Cup in Lubbock, Texas.
The champion will received the top prize of $6,000 out of the total prize fund of US$ 40,000.
Top seeded players
GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili (2613) Georgia GM Zhang Zhong (2606) Singapore GM Le Quang Liem (2602) Vietnam GM Gopal Nayanan (2598) India GM Anton Filippov (2595) Uzbekistan GM Nguyen Ngoc Turong Son (2589) Vietnam GM Abhijeet Gupta (2584) India GM Ehsna Ghaemmaghami (2579) Iran GM Merab Gagunashvili (2564) Georgia GM Rogelio Antonio (2557) Philippines GM Dao Thien Hai (2542) Vietnam GM Darwin Laylo (2537) Philippines GM Eugenio Torre (2535) Philippines GM Li Shilong (2531) China GM Anuar Ismagambetov (2528) Kazakhstan GM John Paul Gomez (2521) Philippines GM Oleg Romanishin (2515) Ukraine GM Mark Paragua (2501) Philippines GM Bong Villamayor (2426) Philippines