Battle of GMs – Pairings

Wesley So vs Buenaventura Villamayor in round 1

Wesley So sq 2

One of the top events in the Philippines, the 2009 Phoenix Petroleum – Dapitan City Battle of GMs, begins today. Top seeded will be Wesley So, who is seeking yet another title in the tournament, following his strong campaigns at Corus and Aeroflot. “It’s a big challenge for me to defend the title against my equally strong rivals, but I’m ready,” said Welsey So for the local media. (More about the 2009 challenges of Wesley So here)

GM Eugene Torre will start against IM Rolando Nolte, while GM John Paul Gomez, the top player for the Philippines at the Chess Olympiad, will play against GM Jayson Gonzales. Here is the full list of pairings.

Battle of GMs pairings round 1

GM Wesley So – GM Buenaventura Villamayor

GM Eugene Torre – IM Rolando Nolte

GM John Paul Gomez – GM Jayson Gonzales

GM Mark Paragua – IM Richard Bitoon

GM Rogelio Antonio – IM Julio Catalino Sadorra

GM Darwin Laylo – IM Ronald Dableo

The 11-round tournament, being held in cooperation with Mayor Dominador Jalosjos, former congressman Romeo Jalosjos and Vice Mayor Patri Chan, ends on March 31. International Chess Federation (FIDE) honorary chair Florencio Campomanes is expected at the opening ceremony, as well as Phoenix Petroleum president Dennis Uy and brand and marketing manager Jay Delloso and Secretary to the Mayor Alemarlou Dagpin.