Saturday, April 19, 2008

Four Players Tie for First with 7 Points
Wesely So Won The Cup

Arab Fide reports

The world's youngest Grandmaster, 14-year-old Wesley So of the Philippines won the Dubai Open with 7 points out of 9 rounds. The Filipino tied with GMs Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran and Li Chao of China but prevailed in the tie break of higher average opponent rating. Eight other players tied with 6.5 points each.

Wesley received a congratulatory telephone call from National Chess Federation of the Philippines President Prospero Pichay. He continues to Indonesia for a match with their champion, GM Megaranto Susanto before returning home to the Philippines for a Battle of Philippine Grandmasters.

Local hero FIDE Master Salem Abdulrahman Saleh, Asian under-14 champion, clinched his first GM norm with one round to spare.

Photographs of visiting Filipino Chess Superstars , GM Wesley So and IM Julio Catalino Sadorra, together with the UAE based Filipino Chess Players League, for their apparent support and hospitality. GM Eugene Torre was coincidentally in Dubai on business and has supported GM So and IM Sadorra on their conquest of the 10th Dubai Chess Championshp crown.

Congratulations to GM Wesley So and IM Ino Sadorra, from the Filipino Chess Players League!

Ino greets by FCPL members on his arrival at Dubai Airport

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