MANILA, Philippines – Filipino chess players got off to a blazing start in the Indonesian Open Chess Championship (IOCC) 2012 on Friday at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Filipino Grandmasters (GMs) Oliver Barbosa, Mark Paragua, Eugene Torre, Richard Bitoon and Oliver Dimakiling defeated their Indonesian counterparts in the opening round of the $55,000-event.
Barbosa defeated Surya Wahyudi of Indonesia, while Paragua nipped IM Ivan Muhammad Situru.
Torre also had a victory over Hartono, while Bitoon and Dimakiling vanquished Jamaludin and Panggabean Hasian, respectively.
“The first round is one of the toughest rounds in any tournament. It usually sets the tone of how you’re going to perform,” said Barbosa.
"We hope to perform well in this event and gain some ELO rating points," Paragua said for his part.
GM John Paul Gomez and FM Paulo Bersamina also opened with hard earned draws.
Gomez settled for a truce with Bai Jinshi of China, while Bersamina drew with GM Hoang Thanh Trang of Hungrary.
The Filipinos campaign in Indonesia is supported by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). By Marlon Bernardino