• Wesley notches early win in Norway

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    Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Wesley So scored his first victory in the 2013 World Chess Cup being held at the Hotel Scandic Tromso in Tromso, Norway.

    So, seeded 33rd, made his presence felt by subduing GM Alexander Ipatov of Turkey after 45 moves of the Staunton Variation/Petroff Skirmish in the first round of the tournament participated in by 128 woodpushers in the world.

    Not as lucky were fellow Filipino GMs Oliver Barbosa and Mark Paragua, who fell short in their respective opening games against favored foes.

    Barbosa bowed to No. 29 GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam on 43 moves of Slav Defense/Czech Defense while Paragua lost to No. 28 GM Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia on 67 moves of Bastrikov Variation/Sicilian.

    Meanwhile, GM John Paul Gomez is still unbeaten in three rounds in the 10th IGB Dato Arthur Tan International Open Chess Championship 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Gomez toppled compatriot FIDE Master (FM) Randy Segarra, and Malaysians untitled Sumant Subramaniam and FM Ronnie Lim.

    Gomez is on top with three points along with top seed GMs Ma Qun and Xiu Deshun of China, GM Suri Vaibhav of India and International Master (IM) Max Illingworth of Australia.

    Ma defeated GM Laxman RR of India, Deshun trounced Filipino IM Oliver Dimakiling, Vaibhav outplayed Filipino National Master Roel Abelgas and Illingworth blasted Andria L D‘souza of India.

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