So remains in FIDE’s top 100

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2009 12:57 AM | Updated as of Sep 02 2009 08:57 AM

MANILA -- Filipino grandmaster (GM) Wesley So remains as the country’s top chess player according to the World Chess Federation’s (FIDE) Rating List as of September.

The Cavite-based chess prodigy remained among the Top 100 chess players of the world although he slid down to No. 97 with an ELO rating of 2644 from his No. 92 rank last July when he had am ELO 2646 rating.

This affected his World Top Juniors ranking where he slid down to No. 8 from No. 7.

His quest for the 2700 mark this year looks more challenging as he is set to compete at the Susan Polgar’s Spice Chess Cup Open 2009 (Group A) beginning September 19 at the Texas Tech University, US. The tournament runs until September 29.

“I hope to break the 2700 ELO-barrier,” said So, top ranked the FIDE September 2009 Philippine rankings.

Joining him in the RP rankings are No.2 GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr., (2557), No.3 GM Darwin Laylo (2537), No.4 GM Eugene Torre (2535), No.5 GM John Paul Gomez (2521), No.6 GM-elect Rogelio “Banjo” Barcenilla Jr. (2518), No.7 GM Mark Paragua (2501), No.8 IM Richard Bitoon (2490), No.9 IM Julio Catalino Sadorra (2468), No.10 GM Joseph Sanchez (2463), No.11 IM Roland Salvador (2461), No.12 GM Jayson Gonzales (2447), No.13 IM Oliver Barbosa (2451), No.14 IM Oliver Dimakiling (2434), No.15 GM Buenaventura “Bong” Villamayor (2426), No.16 IM Rolando Nolte (2424), No.17 IM Rolly Martinez (2420), No.18 GM-elect Ronald Dableo (2417), No.19 IM Kim Steven Yap (2416), No.20 IM Rico Mascarinas (2410), No.21 IM Virgilio Vuelban (2405), No.22 IM Barlo Nadera (2400), No.23 IM Yves Ranola (2399), No.24 FM Roderick Nava (2396). IM Ricardo “Ricky de Guzman and Ernesto Fernandez, both was tied at No.25 place with identical 2395.

Bulgarian Super GM Veselin Topalov occupied no.1 spot in the World’s Top 100 after accumulating 2813 while Hungrarian Super GM Judith Polgar dominating the distaff side with 2687.

Norwegian Super GM Magnus Carlsen (2772) and Chinese GM Yifan You (2585), both leading the World’s Top Junior and Top 20 Girls, respectively. Marlon Bernardino