Monday, May 20, 2013

Asian Continental Chess Championships 2013

The Asian Continental Chess Championships 2013 is up and three rounds have been played since May 18 at the MIDAS Hotel in the City of Pasay.

Let's see.

There are two categories for the tournament also known as Manny Pacquiao Cup, Open and Women's. The chief arbiter is IA Mehrdad Pahlevanzedah with IA Gene Poliarco acting as one of the arbiters too. GM Le Quang Liem from Vietnam is the tournament top seed with a FIDE rating of 2714 followed by GM Li Chao B of China with a FIDE rating of 2686. On 3rd seed is Indian GM Sasikiran Krishnan with a rating of 2669.

Our top bets, Filipino GM Oliver Barbosa is seeded 8th with a rating of 2566, on 9th is another Filipino GM Sadorra. GM Wesley So is not playing in this tournament. There are a total of 77 players officially registered for the tournament. Local hero FM Paulo Bersamina of Pasay City is seeded at 59th with a FIDE rating of 2283.

In the Women's section there are 40 participating players from 14 different Asian countries. On top seed is Chinese WGM Zhongyi Tan with a FIDE rating of 2483. Filipina bet WIM Catherine Perena is seeded at 22nd with a FIDE rating of 2170.

Chess-Results Philippines is the link to visit for round results, standings and statistics for every player performance.      

Tomorrow, May 21st, is the start of FIDE Seminar Training and I'm missing this one. Originally I was set to attend this five-day training and certification but loads of work, especially during this time, is something I can't    set aside. With 2 weeks remaining before we end school, you can imagine millions of deadlines (I am definitely exaggerating!) I must meet before I call it summer 2013.

I don't know if there will be another FST in RP but I'm hoping there will be, in time.

Who do you think will win the Open and Women's section?

The top five qualifiers will play in the World Cup 2013 Norway.

Any Pinoys you think will make the cut?

We'll find out next week.

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