Barcenilla, Salvador join RP’s elite list of GM
HAIL TO THE MASTERS!
KHANTY-Mansiysk, Russia – Even before the 11th and final round of the 39th World Chess Olympiad, the Philippines received the good news of having two new grandmasters in its fold – Rogelio Barcenilla, Jr. and Roland Salvador..
Barcenilla, now based in Arizona, Texas with his family, and Salvador, now living in Italy, were officially conferred the elusive GM titles during the 81st FIDE Congress held at the Complex Arena Ugra here.
The two players received their long-overdue GM titles upon representation of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) , headed by president Prospero “Butch” Pichay and secretary-general Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and FIDE representative Toti Abundo..
“We’re happy to have our two new GMs.They really deserved the title,” said PIchay on the eve of the Philippines’ 11th and final-round match against No. 48 seed Estonia on Sunday
The Philippines-Estonia match will decide the final rankings of the two countries.
GM Wesley So will play top board for the 37th-seeded Fili[inos for the 10th time in 11 rounds against GM Kaido Kulaots (ELO 2592).
GM John Paul Gomez faces GM Meelis Kanep (ELO 2532), GM Darwin Laylo battles IM Olav Sepp (ELO 2485) and IM Richard Bitoon meets IM Aleksandr Volodin (ELO 2433) in the other crucial three matches.
GM Eugene Torre, who played in record 20th Olympiad in 40 years from 1970 to 2010, took a rest. The 58-year-old Filipino hero finished with 4.5 points on three wins, three draws and one loss.
Overall, the Filipinos are now tied for tie for 31st to 44th places with 12 points on five wins, two draws and three losses. After the Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak, the Filipinos are in 31st place, or six notches higher than their starting rank of 37th place.
A victory by the Filipinos, however, will enable them to barge into the Top 30 and improve their 46th-place finish in the Dresden Olympiad two years ago.
Actually, the Filipinos finished in a tie for 29th to 48th places with 13 points on six wins, one draw and four losses during the Dresden Olympiad. The Filipinos, however, dropped to 46th place overall based on the Sonneborn-berger tiebreak system.
In the women’s division, the Philippines faces No. 61 seed Brazil with Cheradee Chardine Camacho playing top board against WFM Juliana Terao.
Shecila Cua meets WFM Amanda Pereira, Rulp Ylem Jose tackles Vanessa Gasola and Jedara Docnea plays Ana Paula Oliveira.
The Filipinas are currently in a tie for 50th to 65th places with 10 points on four wins, two draws and four losses based on the matchpoint-style scoring system that gives a two points for a win, one point for a draw and zero for a loss.
They need to win over Brazil to duplicate, if not surpass, their 2008 Olympiad showing of tie for 36th to 49th places with 12 points (five wins, two draws and four losses).