Here’s a rundown on the positive results Filipino woodpushers accomplished in various international events over the weekend:

  • Twenty year old Kim Steven Yap reportedly bagging an IM norm (his second) in this year’s Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open, and overall a favorable result from the large Philippine contingent (led by Laylo, Dableo, et al) in the said event.
  • Leonardo Carlos, who played in the National Finals and nearly became an Olympian, was one point clear of the pack as he dominated the 3rd Ambank Group Malaysia Chess Challenge, a side event of the Malaysian Open.
  • Philippine Youth Team

    Philippine Youth Team

  • Another medal finish by the Philippine youth team bannered by Wesley So in the World Under 16 Olympiad being held in Turkey. Every member of the squad (Garcia, Datu, Pascua, So) garnered a positive ELO result.
  • But the biggest news over the weekend would probably be Wesley’s latest record breaker after his ninth round win against GM Safarli of Azerbaijan last Saturday, the 23rd of August. He is now unofficially the country’s highest ever FIDE rated player having an active rating of 2622. What is astounding is that he did it at the age of 14 years 10 months and 14 days, barely two weeks after unofficially breaching past the 2600 mark.