As previously announced by various chess site around the web, the pairings for the 1st round of the World Cup 2009 shows many interesting, promising and even scary match up. But let us focus first on the three Filipino players who qualified for the world cup, the third most in Asia behind India and China. GM Joey Antonio will be facing defending world cup champ and former World Championship contender, GM Gata Kamsky of the USA. One may still remember that it is Gata Kamsky who defeated GM Alexei Shirov in the finals of the world cup two years ago, giving him the right to face GM Vaselin Topalov in a qualifying match to determine who will challenge Anand for the world championship. Topalov of course, as we know now, defeated Kamsky.
GM Darwin Laylo on the other hand will be up against one of the most likable personalities among the top GM in the world today and this chess blogger personal favorite player, GM David Navara of Czech Republic.
GM Wesley So, on his part will have Azerbaijan GM Gadir Guseinov (2667), a player that is still unknown to us. With so many good players coming from Azerbaijan, it is easy to get lost among the crowd even if you have a rating of over 2660. One thing is for sure, though. GM Guseinov is stronger than his rating indicates as he came from a region where chess is a culture and no doubt, will be one, if not the toughest player Wesley will ever face since Corus C.
For the upcoming 2009 WYCC this coming November 11 in Turkey, there will be a rare live blogging on Chessdom and live games also at the same site through chessbomb, will also be provided for selected games. Below is the list of young Filipino contingent being handled by GM Bong Villamayor.
DOCENA JESCA U-8 Girls
REVITA SAMANTHA GLO U-10 Girls
MIRANO MIRA U-12 Girls
ENRIQUEZ JEAN KAREN U-14 Girls
BERNALES CRISTY LAMIEL 2056 U-16 Girls
DOCENA JEDARA 1987 U-18 Girls
PANGILINAN STEPHEN ROME U-8 Open
MORADO JETH ROMY U-10 Open
BERSAMINA PAULO 1879 U-12 Open
GARCIA JAN EMMANUEL 2312 U-14 Open
DATU ALCON JOHN 2188 U-16 Open
TURQUEZA MARI JOSEPH 2077 U-18 Open
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