GM Wesley So is leading the Battle of GMs with perfect score

Four players share second place

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GM Wesley So had a magnificent start at the 2009 edition of the Phoenix Petroleum – Dapitan City Battle of GMs. What’s more, the young Filipino superstar defeated in the first round his major opponents for the title – the first Asia grandmaster – GM Eugenio Torre, and the best performer for the Philippines at the Olympiad – GM John Paul Gomez.

Adding to that the victory against GM Buenaventura Villamayor in round 1, gives Wesley So a perfect 3,0/3 and a sole lead.

Sharing second place with 2,0/3 are GM Rogelio Antonio, GM John Paul Gomez, IM Richard Bitoon, and GM Darwin Laylo.

Tomorrow the leader Wesley So will play with IM Rolando Nolte, other top pairings include GM Mark Paragua – GM John Paul Gomez and GM Antonio – GM Jayson Gonzales.

Standings

1. GM SO Wesley 3,0

2-5. IM BITOON Richard 2,0

2-5. GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr 2,0

2-5. GM GOMEZ John Paul 2,0

2-5. GM LAYLO Darwin 2,0

6-7. GM PARAGUA Mark 1,5

6-7. IM NOLTE Rolando 1,5

8-10. GM TORRE Eugenio 1,0

8-10. GM GONZALES Jayson 1,0

8-10. GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura 1,0

11-12. IM SADORRA Julio Catalino 0,5

11-12. IM DABLEO Ronald 0,5

Round 1

1 IM SADORRA Julio Catalino 0 – 1 GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr

2 IM BITOON Richard 1 – 0 GM PARAGUA Mark

3 GM LAYLO Darwin ½ – ½ IM DABLEO Ronald

4 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura 0 – 1 GM SO Wesley

5 GM GOMEZ John Paul 1 – 0 GM GONZALES Jayson

6 GM TORRE Eugenio ½ – ½ IM NOLTE Rolando

Round 2

1 GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr ½ – ½ IM NOLTE Rolando

2 GM GONZALES Jayson ½ – ½ GM TORRE Eugenio

3 GM SO Wesley 1 – 0 GM GOMEZ John Paul

4 IM DABLEO Ronald 0 – 1 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura

5 GM PARAGUA Mark ½ – ½ GM LAYLO Darwin

6 IM SADORRA Julio Catalino ½ – ½ IM BITOON Richard

Round 3

1 IM BITOON Richard ½ – ½ GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr

2 GM LAYLO Darwin 1 – 0 IM SADORRA Julio Catalino

3 GM VILLAMAYOR Buenaventura 0 – 1 GM PARAGUA Mark

4 GM GOMEZ John Paul 1 – 0 IM DABLEO Ronald

5 GM TORRE Eugenio 0 – 1 GM SO Wesley

6 IM NOLTE Rolando ½ – ½ GM GONZALES Jayson

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Former Congressman Romeo Jalosjos and GM Eugene Torre pair off for the ceremonial moves together with GM Wesley So and Dapitan City Mayor Dominador Jalosjos Jr. ushering in the Phoenix Petroleum and Dapitan City Battle of Grandmasters Chess Championships. Standing are, from left, PNP Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Cristito Gonzalodo, Zamboanga del Norte Board Member Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Dapitan City Secretary to the Mayor Alemarlo Dagpin, NCFP Executive Director Wilfredo Abalos, Dapitan City Vice Mayor Patri B. Chan, NCFP Treasurer Red Dumuk, FIDE and NCFP Honorary President Florencio Campomanes, Aklan Province Sports Director Wilfredo Neri and Chief Arbiter IA Elias Lao.

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