Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Phl Shocks Bulgaria

The round 6 of the 40th Chess Olympiad will forever be etched in the annals of Philippine chess history. The GM Jayson Gonzales captained Philippines team, with two former child prodigies, two young hotshots and one veteran in the name of Eugene Torre.

What happened?

On board 1, GM Wesley So drew the game with the white pieces against a former challenger for the world championship, super-GM Veselin Topalov. The 100-point difference in their ratings didn't matter after all.

On boards 3 and 4, GM's Torre and Paragua drew against higher-rated opponents.

And on board 2, GM Oliver Barbosa pulled off a victory with the black pieces against GM Kiril Georgiev. A victory everyone hope, nobody expected but Barbosa produced.

The games for the 6th round of the 40th Chess Olympiad can be viewed here. You can also download all the games from the Olympiad here, round by round.

With the win, the Philippine Men's team will play against Hungary in the 7th round with Peter Leko playing against Wesley So on board 1, another super-GM.

Hold on tight!

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