Pinoy GMs off to good start in Asian chess meet

Posted at 05/07/12 12:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grand Masters (GMs) Mark Paragua, Darwin Laylo and John Paul Gomez waylaid their respective foes to jumpstart their bids in the 11th Asian Continental Individual Chess Championships over the weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Paragua toppled Fide Master (FM) Nguyen Van Hai of Vietnam, while Laylo dismanted Farid Firman Syah of Indonesia and Gomez subdued Li Hanbin of China.

"It's a good start for Mark, Darwin and John Paul. I hope they can perform well in the Asian Individual chess meet," said Prospero "Butch" Pichay Jr., chairman and president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP).

But GM Wesley So and other Filipino bets ended their game in a fighting draw.

So settled for a truce with Ma Qun of China, while GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. also drew with International Master (IM) Go Wei Ming of Singapore.

GM Eugene Torre drew with IM Bao Khoa of Vietnam, while IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia drew with compatriot GM Oliver Barbosa.

Meanwhile, 35th-seed GM Xiu Deshun of China defeated top-seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam to pull of the tournament’s biggest upset so far.

The Asian Continental Individual Chess meet will serve as a qualification tournament for the World Chess Cup. By Marlon Bernardino

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