A sad news for local fan, IM Mashafizul lost to host player Dino Ballecer in the 5th round of the 2nd Philipines Open 2008. He’ll meet untitled China player Kaiqi Yang (2307) in the 6th round. So far he has only collecetd 2.5 points ( 50%) from 5 round.
Other results saw local hotshot GM Wesley So suffer his first defeat to China player GM Zhou Weiqi. Zhou now lead the tournament with Indonesia Susanto Megaranto after both collected 4.5 points so far.