So wins, Emperado stuns GM

GRANDMASTER Wesley So (2655) had a roaring start Thursday night (October 13) at the Indonesia Open Chess Championship in Lamerieden hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 18-year-old genius from Bacoor, Cavite defeated International Master Muhammad Ivan Situru (2314) of Indonesia using the advantageous white pieces in the opening round.

The country’s top player and tournament fourth seed led five other Filipino players who produced decisive results in the first round.

Untitled Emmanuel Emperado scored the day’s biggest upset by beating GM Alexander Fier (2583) of Brazil while handling the black pieces.

GMs Oliver Barbosa, John Paul Gomez and Richard Bitoon and IM Oliver Dimakiling also won their respective matches.

The 14th seed Barbosa (2538) edged countryman FM Mari Joseph Turqueza (2274); Gomez (2514) trounced Tampubolon Sudung (2252) of Indonesia; Bitoon (2504) waylaid IM Andi Supardi Suhendra (2242) of Indonesia; and Dimakiling (2414) subdued Hasian Panggabean (2199) of Indonesia.

In other matches, top seed GM Wang Yue (2716) of China drew with IM Tirto (2322) of Indonesia; second seed GM Alexey Dreev (2711) of Russia routed FM Agusta Laksana of Indonesia; third seed GM Li Chao (2710) of China toppled FM Mahmud Syarif (2315) of Indonesia; fifth seed GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2631) of India crushed FM Deni Sonjaya (2315) of Indonesia; sixth seed GM Vladislav Tkachiev (2631) of France walloped FM Anjas Novita (2310) of Indonesia; eight seed GM Dimitri Reinderman (2594) of the Netherlands nipped FM Johan Gunawan (2308) of Indonesia; and ninth seed GM Zhao Jun (2587) of China split the point with FM Rudin Hamdani (2296) of Indonesia.

In other matches involving Filipinos, GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. (2564) halved the point with WGM Jana Krivec (2290) of Slovakia; GM Darwin Laylo (2534) split the point with Kaisar Jenius Hakiki (2272) of Indonesia; GM Mark Paragua (2533) drew with FM Anam Khairul (2266) of Indonesia; and GM Eugene Torre (2520) lost to Wahyudi Surya (2255) of Indonesia.

The tournament offers a total of US$55,000 with the winner getting US$10,000. Liberty Icao


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