Round 4

2012 Chess Olympiad R4

via Round 4.

An interesting match to watch will be on the Top Board,  where GM Wesley So, once again will put  his  “No-Loss Record Vs GMs with 2700+ rating“, now totalling 33 games (5Wins-28Draws) on the line against World’s #2 rated GM Levon Aronian.

Read more:   2012 Chess Olympiad Round 4 Update …

2012 Chess Olympiad

2012 Chess Olympiad.

by:  joeyj   :   27  August 2012

The 40th World Chess Olympiad will take place on 27 August to 10 September 2012, in Istanbul Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey.  The Venue of the opening will be at WOW Convention Center.  A record breaking 162 nations have registered for the competition with more than 1700 players and captains.


The Chess Olympiad is a biennial tournament wherein national teams from all over the world represented by respective country’s chess federation competes.  It is organized by FIDE that also selects the host country.  The first unofficial Olympiad could be traced back in 1924, in Paris, France. The 1st Olympiad (Official) was held in 1927 in London, United Kingdom while the last, in 2010, the 39th Olympiad was in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.  The 41st Olympiad scheduled in 2014 will be in Tromso, Norway.

The Schedule of  Games/Activities are as follows:

27 August 2012 : Arrival, Captains’ meeting (20.00), Opening (21.30)
28 August 2012 : 15.00  :1st Round
29 August 2012 : 15.00  :2nd Round
30 August 2012 : 15.00  :3rd Round
31 August 2012 : 15.00  :4th Round
1 Sep 2012        :15.00   :5th Round
2 Sep 2012        :     Free Day
3 Sep 2012        :15.00   :6th Round
4 Sep 2012        :15.00   :7th Round
5 Sep 2012        :15.00   :8th Round
6 Sep 2012        :15.00   :9th Round
7 Sep 2012        :15.00   :10th Round
8 Sep 2012        :     Free Day
9 Sep 2012        : 11.00  :11th Round, Closing (20.00)
10 Sep 2012      :  Departure

Team (OPEN) starting rank for the 40th World Chess Olympiad

Team starting rank for the 40th World Chess Olympiad (women)

I’ll be posting daily updates here at during the duration of the tournament.

Visit us here on a day to day basis or as time permits.

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You could also visit the 2012 World Chess Olympiad Official Website for additional updates.

Everyone, who comes first time to Istanbul, is obliged to see one of the greatest historical monuments Hagia Sophia Museum.

Rumelian Castle  is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452. You can enjoy walking and photo shooting there.

Bosphoros Bridge, which unites European and Asian sides, changes the colors in the night

Walking around Istanbul (see hereat more beautiful & stunning locations with photos)

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Here’s the Links of the following Updates:
A.  Opening Day
B.  Round-1
C.  Round-2
D.  Round-3
E.  Round 4
F.  Round 5
G.  Round 6
H.  Round 7
I.    Round 8
J.   Round 9
K.  Round 10
L.   Round 11
M.  Final Report
N.  Gallery

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Philippine National Team to Depart for 2012 Chess Olympiad

Philippine National Team to Depart for 2012 Chess Olympiad.

by:  joeyj   :   25  August 2012

Team Philippines to the 2012 Chess Olympiad will be leaving on Sunday, 26 August at 6:50PM for Istanbul, Turkey.

The 40th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to take place in Istanbul Expo Center, Turkey from August 27 to September 10th, 2012.

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial tournament wherein national teams from all over the world represented by respective country’s chess federation competes.  It is organized currently by FIDE that also selects the host country.   The first Olympiad was held in 1924, in Paris, France.  The last, in 2010, the 39th Olympiad was in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.   The 41st Olympiad scheduled in 2014 will be in Tromso, Norway.

This would be the Philippines Men’s Team 28th participation out of 40 Olympiads.  Its first participation was in 1956, the 12th Olympiad held in Moscow, Russia where the National team of Glicerio Badilles, Florencio Campomanes, Carlos Benitez and Rodolfo Tan Cardoso finished in 25th place with Cardoso winning the Silver medal in Board-4.   Since then, except in 1962, the Philippines participated continuously.

The best ever result by Team Philippines in the Olympiad was a 7th place in 1988, the 28thChess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece. The team was comprised then of GM Eugene Torre, IM Rico Mascariñas, IM Ruben Rodriguez, Rogelio Antonio jr, Eric Gloria and Rogelio Barcenilla.

The second best result was an 11th place in 1974, the 21st Chess Olympiad in Nice, France.  The third best was 14th place in 1968, the 18th Chess Olympiad in Lugano, Switzerland.

The rest of  Philippines record in the Olympiad could be found at olimpbase.

Asia’s First Grandmaster (AFGM) Eugene Torre is all set for his 21st record appearances in the Chess Olympiad.   His first appearance was in 1970 and from thereon he participated in every Olympiad except in 2008, the 38th Olympiad in Dresden, Germany.

The Philippines Men’s National Team for the 40th Chess Olympiad is composed of the following:
Board-1. GM Wesley So  (2652)  :  [Olympiad : 2006, 2008, 2010]
Board-2. GM Oliver Barbosa (2554) : [Olympiad 1st timer]
Board-3. GM Eugene Torre  (2469) : [Olympiad : 1970-2010 (except 2008) ]
Board-4. GM Mark Paragua (2508) :  [Olympiad : 2002, 2004, 2006]
Res.  IM Oliver Dimakiling (2428)  :  [2006 Olympiad]

While the Philippines’ Women’s National Team is made up of the following:

(Ref:  Registered Countries)

 The Women’s National Team will be on their 15th participation since 1976 Chess Olympiad (Haifa, Israel), their 1st participation.  The years they had participated so far were in 1976, 1982, 1986-1988, 1992-2010 respectively.  Their best results were on 1976 (16th place), 1988 (22nd place) and 2006 (26th place).

In  “Despedida for the Chairman”, held on August 11, 2012,  AFGM Eugene Torre when asked by BW-GETS on the Men’s Team Goal  …  he said  “Top 20 is within reach. Top 10 is not impossible”.

GM Jayson Gonzales, NCFP Executive Director, who will accompany Team Philippines   as  coach and manager, had said, that both teams will be aiming to improve their respective finishes in the last  2010 Chess Olympiad where the Men’s Team placed 50thand the Women’s Team placed 44th.

NCFP Chairman & President Prospero A. Pichay Jr.  as well as NCFP Board of Directors will be present on the send-off at the NAIA to boost the morale of the players.

As a parting word for the team, i share this, found in Joshua 1:9 (NKJV), “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Visit: (for Olympiad updates)
World Chess Olympiad Official Website

Enrico Sevillano Wins 21st Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational + a GM Title

Enrico Sevillano Wins 21st Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational + a GM Title.

by:  joeyj   :   11  August 2012

Enrico Sevillano, a U.S. based Filipino (Cebuano) International Master,   the 1986 Asian junior champion,  two time Philippine Chess Olympiad player (1992 & 1994),  2008 U.S. Open Champion  and the first Filipino ever to qualify for the U.S. Championship in 2009,  won the 21st Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational,  a Grandmaster norm 10 player round-robin tournament held at the Radisson Los Angeles Airport Hotel on August 3-7, 2012.

 “Ikong” Sevillano, as fondly  called by the old-timers and those who knows him  i.e. his friends & fans, was half-a-point behind the leader IM Marc Arnold, the 2012 US Junior Champion,  going into the penultimate round when he rallied intensely with two consecutive wins against USA’s  IM Melikset Khachiyan (R-8) and  IM Levon Altounian (R-9) respectively and finished a clear 1st scoring 6.0/9 points (5Wins-2Draws-2Losses), half point ahead of Super GM Robert Hess USA(2624) and IM Roman Yankovsky RUS(2468) who both tied at 2nd place with 5.5/9.  Erstwhile leader IM Marc Arnold was relegated to solo 4th place with 5.0/9 owing to his 9th round loss to GM Hess.

With this feat, IM Enrico Sevillano USA(2526) also finally completed his much coveted 3rd and final Grandmaster norm  for FIDE’s International Grandmaster Title.

Here’s the 3 GM norms of Enrico Sevillano:

1st GM norm:  2003 Los Angeles International (Category 10)
2nd GM Norm:  13th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational 
3rd GM Norm:  Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational

Hereto the round by round results of IM Enrico Sevillano and the 9 other players at the 21st Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational, a GM norm event:



Philippines: World’s Largest Chess Tournament

Philippines: World’s Largest Chess Tournament.

by:  joeyj   :   09  August 2012

The Philippines accounted another chess history last 22 January 2012 and now written in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the ‘World’s Largest Board Game Tournament’  or the ‘World’s Largest Chess Tournament’  with 43,157 participants.  This was hosted and achieved by  Cebu City Sports Commission at  Cebu City Sports Center, Cebu, Philippines.  

This new record broke the previous 1,214 set by Russia where its Krasnoyarsk City education department gathered its participants from Krasnoyarsk Children’s Educational Centre and Public Limited Company to play chess at the central park on June 2, 2007.

Herewith Guinness World Records citation on the said feat:

The largest board game tournament consisted of 43,157 participants playing chess and was achieved by the Cebu City Sports Commission (Philippines) in Cebu, Philippines, on 22 January 2012.

The record attempt started on 13 July 2012 when 750 school teachers were trained in playing chess who then went on to teach school children. From October to December 2011 classroom tournaments were held, followed by school tournaments. The top 32 players from each of the 100 schools went on to the grand finals at the Cebu Chess Festival, where the 3,200 finalists competed from 21 to 22 January 2012 at the Cebu City Sports Center. The overall winner of the tournament was Allan Pason.

ref:   Guinness World Records

GM Wesley So No-Loss Record Vs GMs with 2700+ rating

GM Wesley So No-Loss Record Vs GMs with 2700+ rating.

by:  joeyj   :   05  August 2012

Barangay Wesley (described by Coach GM Susan Polgar, as one of the most amazing chess fans from the Philippines),  i.e. Grandmaster Wesley So’s worldwide fans and supporters,  whose main headquarters at with sitios and Pacland @ been vouching for quite sometime that this 18-year-old Philippine prodigy, GM Wesley So,  to-date do have a ‘No-Loss’ record in ‘Standard Chess‘ against 2700+ International Grandmasters, most often called unofficially as ‘hyper’ or ‘hydra’ GMs.  ’No-Loss‘, meaning, he had not incurred a single game loss against any of the Hyper-GMs when they were officially @ 2700+ FIDE rating at the time he played them.

With this, i did some research and account of GM Wesley So’s records since the time he entered the limelight and manned Board-2 of the Philippines National Men’s Team at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany where for sure he encountered  some hyper GMs.

My assumption was correct, as round-1 opponent of Team Philippines in the 2008 Olympiad was versus the 3rd seed China who at board-2 was GM Ni Hua whose FIDE rating then was 2710.  GM Wesley So, who was 15yrs-1mo-4days old then,  dealt China’s lone loss game in that round (China   2½ : 1½  Philippines). This was Wesley’s first encounter, a win, against a 2700+ player.

R1: 13Nov2008: GM Wesley So PHI(2610) Vs GM Ni Hua CHN(2710) : 1-0

Wesley So second encounter with a  Hyper-GM in the 2008 Olympiad was against  Alexei Shirov, board-1 player of the 12th seed Spain who at that time was rated at 2726.   Subbing at Board-1, Wesley So held Shirov to a draw.

R4: 23Jul2012 : GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB(2711) vsGM So Wesley PHI(2650):½-½

From thereon, since 13 November 2008 up to his recent and last game on 23 July 2012  versus GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista CUB(2711) in Quebec Open, Canada where he held the Hyper-GM to a draw in winning the championship, GM Wesley So played a total of 32 games against 2700+ GMs spanning a period of 3yrs-8mos-10days,  a  5-Wins, 27-Draws and NO-Loss record.

Vassily Ivanchuk UKR(2739)–24 Nov 2009 @ World Chess Cup w1

His  5-Wins were against the following GMs:

  1.  Ni Hua CHI(2710) – 13 Nov 2008 @ Dresden Chess Olympiad, Germany
  2. Vassily Ivanchuk UKR(2739) – 24 Nov 2009 @ World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
  3. Laurent Fressinet FRA(2707) – 21 Jan 2011 @ Tata Steel, Wijk Aan Zee, NED
  4. David Navara  CZE(2708)      –  22 Jan 2011 @ Tata Steel, Wijk Aan Zee, NED
  5. Alexei Shirov  ESP(2709)  – 10 Jun 2011 @  Sigeman Chess in Malmo, Sweden

His most notable draws were against the following top rated Hyper-GMs:

1.  GM Veselin Topalov BUL (2803)  @ 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
2.  GM Sergey Karjakin RUS (2788) @ World Chess Cup 2011 in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia
3.  GM Wang Yue CHN(2756) @ 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China
4.  GM Boris Gelfand ISR(2739) @ NH-Rising Stars Vs Experience 2010 in Amsterdam
5.  GM Peter Svidler RUS(2734) @ NH-Rising Stars Vs Experience 2010 in Amsterdam

Here’s the List of GM Wesley So  thirty two(32) games Vs GMs with 2700+ FIDE rating:

Updated after 40th World Chess Olympiad(2012)

At the conclusion of the 40th Chess Olympiad that took place in Istanbul, Turkey from August 27 to September 10th, 2012 GM Wesley So played against six(6) Hyper GMs [one(1) @ 2800+ &  five(5) @ 2700+] and all games ended in 6-draws.  This brings his total to 38 games against 2700+ GMs,  a  5-Wins, 33-Draws and NO-Loss record.

Hereunder is the list of his 6-opponents whose average rating was 2748:

Updated [2012 SPICE CUP]

R1:12Oct:GM Ding Liren (CHI) 2702 Vs GM Wesley So (PHI) 2677: ½-½

39. 2012:12Oct:GM Ding Liren :CHI: 2702 :R1: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5

R3:14Oct:GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave(FRA)2705 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2677:½-½

40.  2012:14Oct:Maxime Vachier-Lagrave(FRA)2705 :R3: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5

R5: 16Oct: GM Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2703 Vs GM Wesley So(PHI)2677: ½-½

41.  2012: 16Oct: GM Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2703 :R5: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:B: 0.5

42.  2012: 17Oct: GM Ding Liren :CHI: 2702 :R6: 2012 SPICE CUP: St. Louis, Missouri: 2677:W: 0.5


GM Eugene Torre All Set for his 21st Olympiad

GM Eugene Torre All Set for his 21st Olympiad.

by:  joeyj   :   01  August 2012

This one for the Guinness Book of World Records !!!

Then again, Asia’s First Grandmaster (AFGM) Eugene Torre, born November 4, 1951 in Iloilo City,   is on the threshold of breaking  his own & Hungary’s GM Lajos Portisch   20 non-consecutive Olympiad record when he is scheduled to participate  in the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey this coming 27 August  to 10 September 2012.   For the record, this would be his 21st non-consecutive participation in the World Chess Olympiad at age 60.

Philippine National Team (Open/Men) from 1970 to 2012 World Chess Olympiad

Previously, in 2006, he also broke Finland’s GM Heikki Westerinen 18 consecutive Olympiad participation by registering his 19th consecutive (1970-2006) at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

Additionally, AFGM Eugene Torre also registered his 17th consecutive record (1972-2004) as Board-1 or Top Board player in the Chess Olympiad.  This he  achieved in the 36th Olympiad in Calvia, Spain (2004).

In his 20 participation at the Olympiad, Eugene Torre had played in 243 games (89Wins-114Draws-40Losses) scoring  146.0/243 points.

His topnotch performances were winning *3-Bronze medal as Top Board (Board-1) player  in 1974, 1980 & 1986.

I.  1974 (21st Chess Olympiad)  :  9Wins & 10Draws  scoring  14.0/19 points for a 73.7% performance.

II.  1980 (24th Chess Olympiad)  :  9Wins-4Draws-1Loss scoring  11.0/14 points ) for a performances of 78.6%

III.   1986 (27th Chess Olympiad)  :  7Wins-5Draws-1Loss scoring 9.5/13 points  with a 73.1% performance.

In 1988, Eugene Torre lead  Team Philippines to its highest ever  7th place finish in the World Chess Olympiad  in Thessaloniki, Greece (28th Chess Olympiad).   This broke the previous 11th place finish in 1974, the 21st Chess Olympiad in Nice, France where he also led Team Philippines.

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Torre, Eugenio
(The Philippines)


Addendum:   * But in our (BW-GETS) August 11, 2012 interview with AFGM Eugene Torre, he said that he got a SILVER MEDAL in Board-1 in the 1974 ‘Nice’ Chess Olympiad, instead of a Bronze as published by OlimpBase, behind GM Anatoly Karpov who got the Gold medal. The silver medal is in his position and in fact the news was all over the media during that time.  Additionally, he added that OlimpBase should rectify this.

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AFGM Eugene Torre & Ed Bernal (1980 & 1984 Olympiad PHI Team Member) with GM Eugene Torre Supporters (GETS)

GM Eugene Torre’s Top Secret … Now It Can Be Known !!!

What was AFGM Eugene Torre’s secret weapons before and during the 2012 National Chess Championship : 5th BOGM  … now can be known !

Yes, his human cluster was actually fairly impressive too!  He did had a HUDDLE, REVIEW & GAMES ANALYSIS with his longtime Philippines Olympiad ‘buddy’ & teammate NM Eduardo Bernal (1980 & 1984) i.e. Old & very reliable openings and as described by master Ed as their ‘Pansol study’ !    But of course, PLUS + PLUS + PLUS INVALUABLE  & ABLE SUPPORT of GM Eugene Torre Supporters (GETS).  MABUHAY !!!