Philippines GMs

List of Philippines Chess Grandmasters

Player :  Year Gained FIDE GM Title 

1. Eugene Torre : 1974 : 
2. Rosendo Balinas Jr. : 1976 (deceased: 1998)
3. Rogelio Antonio Jr. : 1993 : 

4 Nelson Mariano II : 2004 : 
5 Mark Paragua : 2005 : 
6. Darwin Laylo : 2007: 

7. Jayson Gonzales : 2008 : 
8. John Paul Gomez : 2009 : 
9. Joseph Sanchez : 2009 :

10. Rogelio Barcenilla : 2010 :

11. Roland Salvador : 2010 :

12. Julio Catalino Sadorra : 2011:

13.  Oliver Barbosa :  2011

14.  Richard Bitoon : 2011



Filipino Grandmasters  Representing Other Chess Federation/Country:

1.   Enrico Sevillano  :   2012  : U.S. Chess Federation (USCF)
ref: List of titles approved by the 83rd FIDE Congress held in Istanbul, Turkey on 1-9 September 2012.

U.S. based Filipino (Cebuano) International Grandmaster, 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.  He won the 21st Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational in L.A., U.S.A. (August 3-7, 2012)  and earned his 3rd and final GM norm.

2.  Wesley So : 2008 : U.S. Chess Federation (USCF)

Was the 8th Philippines GM then when he officially was awarded  the  GM title by FIDE in 2008.  GM Wesley So now represents U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) since 29 October 2014.

3.  Buenaventura Villamayor : 2000 :  Singapore

Was the 4th Philippines GM when he was awarded the GM title in  2000.  GM Vlllamayor  now represents Singapore Chess Federation(SCF) since  12 January 2017.


22 thoughts on “Philippines GMs

  1. Good job provincemate. I always visit your site for the latest local chess news. When is Sevillano officially going to be a full-pledged GM?

    • Scheduled is the 83rd FIDE Congress from 1st to 10th September 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey and one of the agenda would be the Approval of Titles. Hopefully, the U.S. Federation where Enrico Sevillano is affiliated could submit the GM requirements on time.

  2. whoa. great job by the federation. before, there were only a few GMs, now we have 16 and more to come.

    I always believed that we had players who had what it takes to be GMs, its just that they needed support to be able to join tournaments where they could get those GM results.

    great job!!!

    • But it stopped in 2011! Today ncfp is in disarray,,we need a new ncfp leader to champion the federation and a new set of leaders to map out the new direction … set up fresh Vision, Goals/Objectives, Strategies and to bring in resources, organize and manage them in the attainment of the new vision.

  3. You sould include Sevillano and just put a parenthesis that he’s now a US citizen (I believe). He’s a Filipino born and raised. I hope he has dual citizenship. Thanks

  4. GM norms tracker

    1.) Dableo-3 GM norms already but have not reached ELO 2500 rating yet (lacking 2500 rating)
    2.) Nolte- 2 GM norms and reached ELO 2500 already (lacking third GM norm)
    3.) Dimakiling-2 GM norms and reached ELO 2500 already (lacking third GM norm)
    4.) Senador-1 GM norm and have not reached ELO 2500 rating yet (lacking 2500 rating and 2 GM norms)

    • ncfp should help dableo,nolte,dimakiling and senador get into more pretty sure that in few months the roster of gms will balloon to 20 or more.who knows? we may have more wesley so in the offing..
      do it now guys.

      • I think not just sending them in international tournaments but helping them to prepare (e.g. hiring a topnotch foreign coach/trainer). So many opportunities na actually given them but what had happened? What’s lacking or missing in the chess program or is there really one ???

  5. Look at the younger guys who would give more promise aside from taking care of those that we already have…I mean those gm’s. One maybe older than the others but in tournament games you don’t know yet who blooms until the end of the tourney…..I mean when one has a good mode/time/games then he/she could be devastating just like in any other sports. In chess though because it is a mental game reliability on ability/talent plays a more important role and if he/she is in the mode on any particular tourney then a 100 % result is achievable. Try to research some of the great chess players like Fischer, Kasparov, Tal… name a few
    I appreciate how Wesley was discovered and how they supported him. Chess enthusiast in any incumbent government should try to emulate how Pichay & company discovered and supported So. I read so much of negative comments on Pichay but that is on politics and we all know politics is dirty. On the side of sports he and his group achieved something worth remembering, let’s see what happens after 2 or 3 years with the chess career of Wesley.
    I hope senator Trillanes or any other chess enthusiast in government will take the lead to support financially the development of chess in the Philippines to produce another So or even better.
    His change in federation matter much in his further development and understanding of that should be given as a blessing. In our mind we are all proud of his performance as we are all proud of all overseas Filipinos who help greatly our Philippine economy.

    • I think what we need at this time is somebody to champion NCFP and bring forth fresh direction. Formulate the Vision, Objectives, Strategies and to bring in resources, organize and manage them.

  6. Sir Joey,

    Good day po!

    I did not know that we have an organization in the Philippines that also caters certification for masters. Can you provide me some info on the road to being a GM?

    I’m a chess enthusiast, and recently I have been watching games by Carlsen, Nakamura, and Anand on youtube.

    Hoping for your quick revert. Thank you!

  7. Look for a nearest NCFP registered local Chess Club where u could participate so they could help/guide you participate in FIDE rated tournaments. you need to earn your FIDE ratings & norms for your certifications.

  8. I think Haridas Pascua has already 3 GM results but still needs to be in 2500 rating!!! I am not sure if Jan Emmanuel Garcia is also in the same situation!

  9. curious lang po ako kung meron bang sweldo ang mga GMs natin from the Phil Gov. Kasi, yung mga pipitsugin ngang professors sa mga schools ang tataas ng sahod, sana ganun din sa mga grandmasters natin.. kokonti lang nga nila di pa mabigyan ng suporta. kahit gawin pa silang chess coach sa mga schools.

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