If the World Chess Olympiad were to start today, the Philippine team
listed in the Open Section composed of Wesley So (2610), Buenaventura
Villamayor (2468), John Paul Gomez (2519), Jayson Gonzales (2469) and
Darwin Laylo (2507) will be ranked 38th, putting the country somewhere
“near the bottom of the top half’s upper half” amongst the 156 teams that are
registered to compete in the 38th edition of the Chess Olympiad to be held in
Dresden, Germany this November.

By just a couple ranks higher, we narrowly missed out on facing the top ranked team (Russia, 2756 ELO)  in the opening round and instead will meet a middle ranked federation, possibly the Dominican Republic (or Malaysia, or Tajikistan, or the IPCA, depending on whether or not all of the listed teams suit up, or if there be additional teams).

Expecting a top twenty finish from the team whose average ELO is 2529 (the second strongest Philippine lineup ever) could very well be nothing short of a miracle even with all your conjured mythical roster, considering the overwhelming strength of the competition’s lineups. At least twenty-three competing teams have an average ELO of no less than 2600.

Our Female squad is ranked 51st among the 119 participating teams in the Women Section.

Related Links:

2008 Olympiad Starting Rank (Full Listing)

FIDE October 2008 Top Federations (Full Listing)

Dresden Olympiad: Russia Sending Strongest Ever Lineup