GM Darwin Laylo Storming Through
2nd Chairman Prospero Pichay Jr. Cup International Chess Championship

The 2nd Chairman Prospero Pichay Jr. Cup International Chess Championship is taking place on 2-8th June 2011 in Subic Freeport, Philippines. 86 players from seven federations, among them 13 Grandmasters, are participating in the 10-round tournament. A total of $30,000 in cash prizes is at stake in this event.

GM Darwin Laylo is enjoying a fantastic run this far, having conceded only one draw in the first seven rounds and firmly holding the lead full point ahead of rest of the field. In the latest game he beat the Chinese GM Xu Jun with black pieces.

Georgia’s GM David Arutinian and China’s GM Li Shilong are sharing the second place with 5.5 points each. The World Cup 2011 qualifier GM Mark Paragua, who performed superbly at the recent Zone 3.3 Championships, fell behind with 4.5 points.

Top 20 leaders after 7 rounds

1 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2516 – 6.5
2 GM Arutinian David GEO 2564 – 5.5
3 GM Li Shilong CHN 2501 – 5.5
4 GM Xu Jun CHN 2486 – 5
5 GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2592 – 5
6 GM Torre Eugenio PHI 2495 – 5
7 GM Wen Yang CHN 2545 – 5
8 Ma Qun CHN 2427 – 5
9 Lu Shanglei CHN 2473 – 5
10 IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2480 – 5
11 FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel PHI 2344 – 5
12 IM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2506 – 5
13 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2529 – 5
14 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2429 – 5
15 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2603 – 4.5
16 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2538 – 4.5
17 Wang Chen CHN 2436 – 4.5
18 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2542 – 4.5
19 Emperado Emmanuel PHI 0 – 4.5
20 Xiu Deshun CHN 2514 – 4.5
21 IM Ranola Yves PHI 2381 – 4.5
22 Causo Deniel PHI 2282 – 4.5

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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