MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So lived up to his billing as Asia’s No. 1 blitz chess player after winning the 11th Asian Continental Individual Chess Championships Blitz competition over the weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
He went undefeated en route to another successful victory in the Blitz competition.
The Philippines’ top rated GM scored 6 wins and 3 draws with a total of 7.5 points against seven GMs and two International masters (IMs) to clinch first place.
GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam and GM Ding Liren of China finished second to fourth placers with 7.0 points each.
Other Filipino woodpushers who participated in the Blitz chess competition of the Asian chess meet are:
• GM Mark Paragua (6.0 pts., 10th place)
• GM Oliver Barbosa (5.5 pts., 22nd place)
• GM John Paul Gomez (5.0 pts., 29th place)
• GM Darwin Laylo (4.5 pts., 35th place)
• GM Eugene Torre (4.5 pts., 37th place)
• IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia (4.0 pts., 40th place)
“Blitz is a very exciting form of chess, with every player getting a mere 5 minutes to complete the game. This somehow leveled the playing field, resulting in a high rate of upsets,” said former Olympian GM Jayson Gonzales, Executive Director of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP). – By Marlon Bernardino