Friday, April 17, 2009

Wesley So now in top 100

WESLEY So is now one of the elite players of the world. He is ranked No.89 with a rating of 2641 in the April 2009 Fide list due to his magnificent victory at Corus and the Asian team tournament. He also totally dominated the Battle of GMs in Dapitan with a scintillating 7-win, 4-draw and no loss performance.

Among Pinoy players, he is more than 100 Elo above the legendary Eugene Torre and the rest and is pulling away in every tournament that he has competed. I expect Wesley to hit the top 50 list by July this year and the top 30 by yearend. There seems to be no limit what this kid can do and he is only 15 years old!

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Meanwhile, Bulgarian Veselin Topalov has crossed the 2800 level and is 29 Elo ahead of second-ranked Viswanathan Anand of India, the current world champion whom he will challenge next year. He achieved this due to his impressive results in Nanjing and winning his candidates match against Gata Kamsky. This 29-point lead plus another 42 points over the third-ranked player, Magnus Carlsen, is truly remarkable.

The biggest fall was by Vassily Ivanchuk, who dropped 33 points in Nanjing, Wijk aan Zee and Linares .Other losses in the top were: Alexander Morozevich (-20), Sasikiran Krishnan (-29) and Francisco Vallejo Pons (-14).

The highest new entry is GM Igor Kurnosov, who enters the list for the first time at No. 67. After 38 games, he has gained a stunning 56 points and is currently rated 2658. He made headlines at the Aeroflot 2009 tournament when he was accused of “cheating” by Mamedyarov for allegedly using a computer program but was later cleared.

Here is the top 20 Fide rating April list. 1.) Topalov (Bulgaria, 2812) 2.) Anand (India, 2783) 3.) Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2770) 4.) Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2759) 5.) Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, 2756) 6. Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2754) 7.) Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia, 2753) 8.) Peter Morozevich (Russia, 2751) 9.) Peter Leko (Hungary, 2751)

10.) Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2748) 11.) Sergia Movsesian (Slovakia, 2747) 12.) Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 2746) 13.) Alex Shirov (Spain, 2745) 14.) Yue Wang (China, 2738) 15.) Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2733) 16. Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan, 2730) 17. Bacrot Etienne (France, 2728) 18.) Peter Svidler (Russia, 2726) 19.) Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine, 2726) 20. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2725).

Going back to Wesley, he achieved his highest performance rating of 2748 in Dapitan in what was probably the strongest tournament in local history with Pinoy only participants. To review, he won over Torre, John Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo,
Rolando Nolte, Bong Villamayor, Jayson Gonzalez and Ronald Dableo.

His draws were against Mark Paragua, Joey Antonio, Richard Bitoon and Catalino Sadorra.

Meanwhile, IM Kimkim Yap is now in Thailand competing in the Thailand Open which has a total prize of $12,000. The tournament started last night and is a 9-round Swiss. Other Pinoys in the event are Paragua, Bitoon and Hamed Nouri.

REMATCH. The rematch between Aboitizland and Opascor will be tomorrow at Aboitizland in Banilad.

Format is two games over 10 boards with time control of 30 minutes per player. Aboitizland won the first match , 11-9.

The pairings are: Board 1 Ryan Villacorta vs. Fel Alasagas; Board 2. Magno Dionson vs. Abert Mula; Board 3 Mandy Baria vs. Mark Alasagas; Board 4 Jesmar Cabriles vs. Marwin Eguia; Board 5 Junie Omega vs. Tomas Riveral; Board 6 Roger Pesole vs. Florimae Velasco; Board 7 Jade Garzon vs. Tony Riveral; Board 8 Earl Retuya vs. Ricky Lucero; Board 9 Dodong Abueva vs. Vench Ybanez; and Board 10 Jypsie Cullano vs. Gerry Dignos.

Reserves for Opascor are Roseller Bucog and Felimon Andrino

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