INTERNATIONAL Master Oliver Dimakiling defeated top seed Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa and kept the solo lead in the 2012 National Open Chess Championships, in the process earning his second GM norm late Saturday at the Cabagnot Training Center in Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.
The win was the sixth straight for Dimakiling, who needed to go through the qualifying phase to earn a berth in the meet dubbed `Battle of the Grandmasters.’
The pride of Davao dropped two of his first three games, but now has a total of 14.0 points on seven wins and two losses.
The event is using the scoring system formulated by Grandmaster Eugene Torre and the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) where a win is equivalent to two points, a draw is one point, a loss is zero
“It’s great to beat the top seed and get a (GM) norm but I still have a lot of work to do. It’s a very long tournament,” said Dimakiling, who earned his first GM norm during the 3rd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship in 2006.
GM Mark Paragua, who also had a slow start, kept the leader within sight with 13.0 points following his victory over GM Torre.
Also making their move to gain an outright seat to this year’s World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on August 27 to September 10 were GMs Darwin Laylo and Julio Catalino Sadorra. The top three finishers are guaranteed to join the team.
Laylo downed FIDE Master Randy Segarra to raise his total to 12.0 points while Sadorra improved to 11.5 points following his conquest of FM Roderick Nava.