MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines’ top chess player, Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So, had a good start in the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) on Friday in Palembang, Indonesia.
The 18-year-old genius from Bacoor, Cavite defeated Fide Master (FM) Kyaw Lin Naing of Myanmar using the white pieces in the Men's Standard chess competition.
“It’s a good start for Wesley So, I hope he can perform well in the Southeast Asian Games,” said National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) President Prospero Pichay Jr.
So’s next assignment is International Master (IM) Jimmy Liew of Malaysia, who lost to GM Cao Sang of Vietnam.
GM Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia also won his first match against FM Teerapabpaisit Wisuwat of Thailand.
In the Women's Standard chess competition, 2-time National Open champion Woman Fide Master (WFM) Rulp Ylem Jose demolished Isawan Srijomtong of Thailand.
In the Men’s Rapid chess competition, GM Oliver Barbosa settled for a truce with GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam to create a 3-way tie for first place.
Barbosa, Truong Son and GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam tallied 2.5 points in 3 outings.—By Marlon Bernardino