Saturday, June 28, 2014
62 year old Torre qualifies for the Chess Olympiad
So derailed in Canada; Torre earns spot in World Chess Olympiad
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 28, 2014 - 6:14pm
MANILA, Philippines -- Grandmaster Wesley So lost his way in Canadian FIDE Master Vladimir Pechenkin's French Defense but found a way to escape with a marathon 109-move standoff, allowing Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk to catch up on him on top in the 9th Edmonton Chess Festival on Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The draw sent the top-seeded So, 20, from the solo hold of the lead to a share of it with No. 2 Ivanchuk, a former World Challenger who smashed Canadian FM Dale Haessel's Petroff Defense in just 20 moves, with 6 points apiece after the seventh round.
It was a sorry outcome for So as he fell from No. 12 in the world with a rating of 2754 the day before to No. 15 with 2749 after it.
So, who is coming off a sensational victory in the Capablanca Memorial in Cuba early this month, will have a chance to get back on track as he plays GM Irina Krush of the United States and Haessel in the last two rounds.
Back home in the Battle of GMs, Eugene Torre downed youthful International Master Paulo Bersamina in 57 moves of a Torre Attack to crown himself champion with 23 points, edging out GM John Paul Gomez by half a point.
Former solo leader Gomez halved the point with IM Jan Emmanuel Garcia in 26 moves of a Symmetrical English opening that allowed the 62-year-old Torre to snatch the title.
Torre and Gomez thus clinched the last two berths in the Phl team bound for the World Chess Olympiad from Aug. 1 to 15 in Tromso, Norway...