Friday, October 23, 2009

GM Mark Paragua to set a new simul world record?

PHOTO shown: from left to right: Albert Rivera, RP and US Master Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr., Robert Racasa, GM Mark Paragua, Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary for Sports and Wellness Ms. Cynthia Carrion and Noli Cruz during a courtesy call of the organizing group Touch of Gold Enterprises on Thursday at the Department of Tourism in T. M. Kalaw, Manila.

Breaking. My eyes nearly popped out of it's socket with this one. We just received an email report from NM Marlon Bernardino that GM Mark Paragua will try to set a new world record for simul chess and the event will be dubbed "1 vs 600, Beat the Mark". This is a herculean task. Come on, 600 players in two days? He's facing no patzers here. If park and kanto chess boys will be allowed to participate then this record breaking attempt might turn a different course. Not impossible of course but having some doubts, things we thought we could only imagine. But anyway go ahead and good luck Mark and beat the mark! In the meantime here's Bernardino's full report.


MARK PARAGUA, the first Filipino to reach super grandmaster status, aims to put the Philippines in the world chess map once again as he tries to break the Guinness simultaneous chess world record on December 27 to 28, 2009.

The two-day event will be held at the historic Ninoy Aquino Stadium or San Andres Gymnasium in Manila.

“The ultimate test for mind and body endurance dubbed as “1 vs. 600: Beat the MARK” will pit the young grandmaster against 600 players at the same time. There will also be 400 reserves for a total of 1,000 opposing players present during the event.” Said journalist Noli Sangil Cruz.

The current record is held by Iranian GM Morteza Mahjoob, who faced 500 opponents simultaneously last August 13, 2009 at the Engelab Sports Complex in Tehran, Iran.

The Guinness World Record for the largest number of simultaneous games played in a single session was initially set in 1996 Swedish Grandmaster Ulf Anderson, who took on 310 opponents. This record was broken in 2004 by British IM Andrew Martin, author of many of our openings training DVDs. Martin played against 321 opponents, scoring 294 wins, 26 draws and 1 loss for a winning percentage of 95.64%. In August 2005 GM Susan Polgar played against 350 players simultaneously at the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Finally, in February this year, Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev played a simultaneous exhibition against 360 opponents before broke by Morteza.

Paragua’s second/ trainer will be Asia’s First GM Eugene Torre and World Chess Cup bound GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. in the event organized by Touch of Gold Enterprises in close cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Manila Sports Council (MASCO) Chairman Niño dela Cruz, City of Manila, Filway Marketings Inc. CEO/ President Hector "Chito" Tagaysay and Meralco Chess Club.

Wilfredo “Willie” Abalos of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) will head the list of International arbiters (IA) that includes Gene Poliarco, national masters Erwin Carag and Elias Lao along with RP six-time executive champion Dr. Jenny Mayor. For inquiries, you can call or text mobile no. 0919 849 3648 for complete details


Anonymous said...

If Paragua didn't fulfilled the required winning percentage to be considered a world record then I say this will also show that it will bring more honor to our country. Other countries have tried with their own GM but failed so lets go guys, beat Mark and show the world that many Filipinos can also play chess.

Anonymous said...

I know Mark can do it! Go Mark!

Anonymous said...

Hello, sir. I want to register my son who is a 13 yer old varsity player here in Lucban Adventist Elementary School. Please give us some details. Also how much is the registration fee and what is the requirements to reserve a slot.

thank you.
Rafael Guillermo
Lucban, Quezon