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Friday, April 23, 2010

So leads local onslaught in Subic

GRANDMASTER Wesley So posted an easy win to lead the local onslaught in the 2010 Asian Individual Chess Championships that got going in Subic yesterday.

Despite playing black, So, the No. 4 seed, needed only 16 moves of a Slav to beat Vietnamese International Master Nguyen Than Son.

"It was a good start, sana magtuloy-tuloy," said So, at 16 the highest-rated Filipino player.

Joining So in the early lead in the tough, nine-round tournament are fellow Filipino GMs Joey Antonio Jr. and Darwin Laylo and unheralded Randy Segarra and Allan Macala.

Antonio defeated IM Kaiqi Yang of China, Laylo trounced Fide Master Namikhai Battulga of Mongolia while Segarra and Macala hacked out upset victories over GM Vinh Bui of Vietnam and IM Dronavalli Harika of India, respectively.

International Master Kiril Kuderinov of Kazakhstan scored the biggest upset of the day when he whipped top seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam in their board one encounter.

Other first day winners were China’s Yiping Loou of China and Shanglei Lu of China and WIM Rout Padmini of India.

In the distaff side, WIM Beverly Mendoza, Christy Lamiel Bernales, Aices Salvador and Akio Suede dropped their opening matches.

Aside from the title and the lion’s share of the $50,000 cash prize, also at stake in the tournament are five slots to the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia next year.

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