Florencio Campomanes Memorial Yangon International Open Chess 2011: Barbosa, Bitoon show the way
FILIPINO International Masters (IM’s) Oliver Barbosa and Richard Bitoon and Fide Master Mari Joseph Turuqeza were both pushed to the limits before hacking out separate victories in the fifth round of the Florencio Campomanes Memorial Yangon International Open Chess Championship 2011 at the Central Hotel Bogyoke Aung San Road in Yangon, Myanmar over the weekend.
The Taytay, Rizal native Barbosa, bidding to become the newest Filipino GM, defeated IM Wynn Zaw Htun of Myanmar, while the Medellin, Cebu ace Bitoon, also eyeing to join the Filipino elite GM group, smashed IM Shen Siyuan of China. The V. Luna Chess Club bet Turqueza, meantime subdued Moe Kyaw of Myanmar.
Following their victories, the three Filipino pool woodpushers whose trip here is supported by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero “Butch” Pichay Jr. are in the right track for the top prize of $3,000 in this tough, 9 round competition organized by Myanmar Chess Federation and Myanmar Sports and Physical Education Department, being held to honor and commemorate the late FIDE Emeritus Filipino Florencio “Pocamps” Campomanes.
Barbosa, the 2011 Moscow Open runner-up and Bitoon, the former Southwestern University to player, both tallied 4.5 points in five outings, the same output of IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam, who brought downed IM Atanu Lahiri of India. The San Sebastian College standout Turqueza, the reigning Philippines Boys Junior Champion notch 4 points in the company of GM Zaw Win Lay, IM Myo Naing and FM Kyaw Lin Naing of Myanmar.
In the sixth round, Barbosa goes up against countryman Bitoon in an all Filipino showdown in Board 1, Van Huy opposite IM Myo in Board 2 while Turqueza versus GM Zaw.
The FIDE (World Chess Federation) santioned chess tournament, participated by 47 Myanmar players and 26 international chess players from such countries as China, U.S.A, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and host Myanmar.