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.

Sonra görüşürüz  (Tran: See you later) …

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