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Refering to http://ncfphilippines.org/, IM MasHafizul has collected 1 point so far after 2 round. In round 1 he beat host player Christy Lamiel Bernales (1934) but in the 2nd round he lost to another Pinoy but this time a “heavyweight” opponent GM Rogelio Antonio.
In the 3rd round which will be held tonight, Mas will meet veteran Indonesian- IM Sebastian Simanjuntak (2251). As some local chess fan might noticed, Simanjuntak is a regular face in Malaysia international chess tournament. He has played in DATMO Open and Merdeka Team competition in Malaysia quite a few times.
For the games, so far the National Philipines Chess Site provide live games for the top three board. Below are the 3rd round win of GM Wesley So against his compatriot R Olay .
R Olay - GM Wesley So[E31]
Philipines Open 2008 (3), 08.05.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 c5 5.d5 h6 6.Bh4 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.e3 e5 9.Nf3 Bf5 10.Nd2 g5 11.Bg3 Qe7 12.f3 e4 13.f4 Rg8 14.fxg5 Ng4 15.Qe2 hxg5 16.h3 Ne5 17.Qf2 Bg6 18.Be2 Nbd7 19.h4 f6 20.0–0–0 0–0–0 21.Kb2 Bh5 22.Nxe4 Bxe2 23.Qxe2 gxh4 24.Bxh4 Rg4 25.Nd2 Rdg8 26.g3 Nb6 27.e4 Qe8 28.Rhf1 Qa4 29.Rc1 Nbxc4+ 30.Nxc4 Qxc4 31.Qxc4 Nxc4+ 32.Ka1 Rxe4 33.Rxf6 Rge8 34.Bg5 R4e5 35.Bf4 Rxd5 36.Rf7 Ne5 37.Re1 Nxf7 38.Rxe8+ Kd7 39.Rb8 Rd1+ 40.Kb2 Kc7 41.Re8 Kd7 42.Rb8 Nd8 43.Kc2 Ra1 44.Kb2 Rg1 45.Ra8 Rg2+ 46.Kb3 Nc6 47.Kc4 Rxa2 48.Rh8 Ra4+ 49.Kd3 49...Ne5+ 50.Ke2? Kc6 51.Rg8 Kd5 52.Rb8 b6 53.Rd8 Ra2+ 54.Ke3 Rc2 55.Bxe5 Kxe5 56.Kd3 Rg2 57.Rg8 d5 58.Rg5+ Ke6 0–1