Davao City woodpusher eyes chess Olympiad stint

Posted at 07/23/2012 8:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – International Master Oliver Dimakiling is eyeing a return to the World Chess Olympiad after pulling off an upset in the 2012 National Open Chess Championships in Kalibo, Aklan.

Dimakiling, a native of Davao City, bulldozed top-seeded Grand Master (GM) Oliver Barbosa in the ninth round of the National Open Chess Championships late Saturday.

"Target ko po na muling i-represent ang bansa sa World Chess Olympiad. Masaya po ako kasi nakuha ko na ang second GM norm ko," Dimakiling said.

Dimakiling prevailed using the disadvantageous black pieces after 36 moves of the Dutch defense en route to his second GM norm.

With six rounds to go in this tournament backed by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines, Dimakiling will next face Asia’s first GM, Eugene Torre, on Sunday.

Dimakiling earned his first GM norm after finishing as co-champion in the 2006 Malaysia Open.

A player needs to complete the required three nomrs and at least reach the 2500 Elo rating once. Dimakiling has already accomplished the second requirement.

His main focus is still to qaulify outright for the team that will comepte in this year's World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on August 27 to September 10.

He’s currently leading the tournament dubbed as "Battle of the Grand Masters" with 14 total points. -- By Marlon Bernardino.