Are they Joining GM Joey Antonio to World Chess Cup?
The prospect of two more Filipinos joining GM Joey Antonio to the Nov. 20-Dec. 15 World Chess Cup in Russia will be known today at the closing of the Zone 3.3 Chess Championships in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
GM Darwin Laylo and GM Wesley So are on the verge of taking the one-two finish, which incidentally are the two spots reserved for the WCC.
Antonio earlier qualified after finishing third place at the 2009 Asian Continental individual chess championships held early this year at Subic, Zambales.
Laylo (2494) needs only a draw in the final round against Singaporean GM Zhong Zhang (2613) to top the tournament.
So needs at least a draw in his final round match against Vietnamese GM Ngoc Truong Son Nguyen (2592) to secure a tie for the second spot, which will be decided through tie-breaks. A win will grant him a ticket to the WCC.
The 2009 WCC is part of the World Championship Cycle 2009-2011.
Some 128 qualified for the WCC including World Champion Vishwanathan Anand; World Cup 2007 semi-finalists Gata Kamsky, Alexie Shirov, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin; World Women’s champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, World Junior U-20 champion 2008 Abhijeet Gupta and the rest are qualifiers from various tournaments.
However, Anand and Kamsky are not expected to participate since they already qualified to the World Championship cycle.
World Chess Championship is held to determine the World Chess Champion.
Anand is the current world champion. His predecessors were Gary Kasparov and Anatoli Karpov, who are both retired but very much in demand for exhibition games. Kasparov is also a busy politician. -30-